From January to July 2004, Action for Healthy Kids worked with experts in education, health, physical education and nutrition to test and apply a set of evaluation criteria for the best school-based interventions that address childhood obesity.
Action for Healthy Kids, formed in response to the Surgeon General's Call to Action, is a national-state effort with 51 state teams working at the grassroots level to improve nutrition and physical activity levels in schools.
Project staff reported the following findings, which are based on a literature review, to RJWF:
Project staff published findings in a report entitled Criteria for Evaluating School-Based Approaches to Increasing Good Nutrition and Physical Activity. The report also lists a set of guidelines for determining the value of a particular policy and incentives for schools to adopt approaches for improving nutrition and increasing physical activity.