Evaluating school policies to prevent childhood obesity in Arkansas

This grant was awarded under a Foundation strategy to build the evidence base to prevent childhood obesity by evaluating state-level policies that might affect children's access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. The Arkansas evaluation will continue its yearly surveys of parents, youth and school administrators; conduct case studies of school districts; and link each school district's implementation of Act 1220 to that district's BMI data to identify the key elements of policy that contribute to prevention of childhood obesity. The evaluation has been ongoing for three years and, with a renewal for five years, the investigators can monitor the evolution and implementation of the policy over time. The project produces a yearly report that is distributed widely, along with testimony to the state legislature. At the end of the project period, Arkansas will have: (1) an eight-year study linking policy implementation to state and local changes in children's BMI; (2) a powerful data set for use by policy analysts and researchers; and (3) a continuing stream of powerful insights on school policies overall.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $3,993,343.00

Awarded on: 7/30/2007

Time frame: 8/15/2007 - 2/14/2014

Grant Number: 61551


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health

4301 West Markham Street
Little Rock, 72205-7199


James M. Raczynski
Project Director