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School-based Obesity Prevention: A Blueprint for Taming the Epidemic

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Objective: To review the literature on school-based obesity prevention programs to identify what can be done to minimize the increasing levels of obesity. Methods: Twenty articles reporting school-based dietary or physical activity change programs were identified that used BMI or skinfolds as part of the evaluation. Results: Seven studies obtained change in BMI and differed from those not finding change in 3 ways: program implementers were not classroom teachers; intervention targeted middle or high schools; and inactivity reduction was promoted. Conclusions: An 8-step research strategy was delineated to develop and evaluate programs with a maximum chance of taming the obesity epidemic.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Publication date: 2002-11-01

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