Determining the impact of parental notification of children's weight and fitness status on youth obesity and fitness at the population level

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.The purpose of this study is to determine whether parental notification of child weight status and fitness has an impact on obesity and fitness among youth at the population level. Investigators will evaluate whether parental notification of child weight status and fitness has an impact on health disparities and examine a number of factors that may influence the effectiveness of BMI and fitness screening and reporting in order to identify opportunities for policy framing at the local, state and national levels. The study sample includes all children enrolled in 5th grade in California public schools between 1998 and 2004 and will reflect the diversity of the state's population. This project will produce information appropriate for both peer-reviewed journals and for dissemination to policymakers and those who work in and with schools, not only in California, but nationally. Specific deliverables will include two peer-reviewed journal articles; presentation of findings at professional meetings; and a policy brief and white paper from a convening session for policymakers, thought leaders and decision makers. All policy-related communications will be created in collaboration with RWJF communications staff and consultants. No RWJF funds will be used for lobbying purposes.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $168,350.00

Awarded on: 12/17/2008

Time frame: 1/1/2009 - 6/30/2010

Grant Number: 65715


University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

500 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, 94143-2203


Kristine A. Madsen
Project Director