June 2007

Grant Results


Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health conducted a review of the scientific literature and produced evidence-based guidelines for school health programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity to prevent obesity among children.

Key Results

  • The researchers completed a draft document in June 2006 entitled School Health Guidelines to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Among Young People.

    The guidelines:
    • Describe the most recent research findings on the relationships between nutrition, physical activity, obesity, health and disease.
    • Summarize current trends in eating habits, physical activity participation and obesity prevalence among children and adolescents.
    • Provide a rationale for school-based nutrition and physical activity programs.
    • Provide examples of effective interventions.
  • A 12-person panel composed of experts in the fields of childhood nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention met in July 2006 to review the draft document and suggest changes. (See Appendix for a list of expert panel members.)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided an unsolicited grant of $50,000 from December 2004 through May 2006 to support creation of the guidelines.

After the Grant
The project team plans to publish a final version of the guidelines in early 2008.

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Creating a Community Preventive Services Guide to Promising School-based Interventions to Prevent Childhood Obesity


National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta,  GA)

  • Amount: $ 50,000
    Dates: December 2004 to May 2006
    ID#:  052221


Sarah M. Lee, Ph.D.
(770) 488-6100

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Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Expert Panel

Glenn Flores, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Wisconsin College of Medicine
Milwaukee, Wis.

Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D.
University of Texas
School of Public Health
Houston, Texas

Leslie Lytle, Ph.D.
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minn.

Russell Pate, Ph.D.
Department of Exercise Science
University of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C.

Claudia Probart, Ph.D.
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pa.

Howard Taras, M.D.
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, Calif.

Wendell Taylor, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, Texas

Stewart Trost, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kan.

Dianne Ward, Ph.D.
Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Gregory Welk, Ph.D.
Department of Health and Human Performance
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

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Report prepared by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Jeane Ann Grisso