Establishing evaluation criteria for school-based interventions that address childhood obesity

Childhood obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years, and recent projections suggest that, without reversal in trends, 30 percent or more of America's school children may be classified as overweight (obese using adult standards) by 2020. The consequences of childhood obesity are staggering in terms of increased rates of type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions which persist into adulthood. State and community teams are being organized to reverse this epidemic, but little progress has been made in developing effective school- and community-based interventions that can be sustained with the limited resources and training currently available to local stakeholders. The purpose of this project is: (1) a literature review on effective school-based interventions that address childhood obesity; (2) the development of consensus-based, stakeholder-sensitive criteria for best practices; and (3) based on the consensus criteria, a survey report of Action for Healthy Kids state teams and partners assessing the barriers, incentives, and resources that schools will require for the adoption of best practices. The project will be considered successful if consensus-based, stakeholder-sensitive, best practice criteria are established; specific components of effective school-based interventions are identified for future evaluation; and potential partners for future evaluation of promising practices for school-based interventions are identified.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 1/14/2004

Time frame: 1/15/2004 - 7/14/2004

Grant Number: 49649


Healthy Schools Incorporated dba Action for Healthy Kids

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One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
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Alicia Moag-Stahlberg
Project Director