How School Nurses and School-Based Health Centers Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Background papers and meeting on the potential role of school nurses and school-based health centers in preventing childhood obesity

Between October 2005 and December 2006, project staff at The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at George Washington University wrote a background paper issue brief, held an invitational roundtable meeting and wrote a report recommending ways to involve school-based health professionals, such as school nurses, in reducing overweight and obesity among children.

Key Results: The two products produced were:

  • An issue brief to prepare participants for the roundtable discussion. The Role of School Health Professionals in Preventing Childhood Overweight.
  • A report summarizing the discussions at the roundtable meeting. School Nurses, School-Based Health Centers and Childhood Overweight described the barriers to introducing programs in schools that promote healthy weight and models in place around the country. It also offered recommendations.

Key Recommendations:

  • Define and test school health professionals' roles in preventing and managing obesity among children.
  • Conduct research to show the link between obesity/health and academic achievement.
  • Establish partnerships between school health professionals and parents in order to make change happen in schools.

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