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Prev Chronic Dis. 2012;9:E65. Epub 2012 Mar 1.

Evaluation of the healthy schools program: Part I. Interim progress.

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RMC Research Corporation, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Federal and state policies identify schools as a setting to prevent childhood obesity, but schools need better health-promoting strategies. The objective of this study was to evaluate interim progress in schools receiving hands-on training from the Healthy Schools Program, the nation's largest school-based program aimed at preventing childhood obesity. The 4-year program targets schools with predominantly low-income, African American, or Hispanic students.

METHODS:

In 2010 we assessed schools that enrolled in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years. School representatives completed an inventory of 8 content areas: policy and systems, school meals, competitive foods and beverages, health education, physical education, physical activity outside of physical education, before- and after-school programs, and school employee wellness. Schools' baseline inventory was compared by t test with the most recent inventory available.

RESULTS:

Schools made significant changes in all content areas, and effect sizes were moderate to large.

CONCLUSION:

Participating schools improved environmental policies and practices to prevent childhood obesity. The program is a resource to implement recent federal and state policies.

PMID:
22380938
PMCID:
PMC3366696
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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