In 2006, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation launched the Healthy Schools Program, the nation’s most extensive effort to prevent childhood obesity in schools. Today the program, which receives major funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, works with more than 15,000 schools across the nation and reaches more than 9 million students, as well as teachers and other school staff.
An evaluation of the program shows that a technical assistance framework has spurred schools to adopt policies and programs that will help address the childhood obesity epidemic. This brief highlights findings from two peer-reviewed research papers and an evaluation of the program that was conducted independently by RMC Research Corporation.
The evaluation found that schools that accessed and participated in more training and technical assistance made the most progress in implementing policies and programs that support healthy eating and regular physical activity among students. These findings have implications for school-based obesity prevention policies being considered and implemented nationwide.