Submitted to: American Journal of Health Behavior
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/1/2002
Publication Date: 11/1/2002
Citation: Baranowski, T., Cullen, K., Nicklas, T., Thompson, D., Baranowski, J. 2002. School-based Obesity Prevention: A Blueprint for Taming the Epidemic. American Journal of Health Behavior. 26(6):486-493. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: In this study the investigators reviewed the literature on school-based obesity prevention programs to identify what can be done to minimize the increasing levels of obesity. Twenty articles reporting school-based dietary or physical activity change programs were identified that used BMI or skinfolds as part of the evaluation. In the results it was shown that seven studies obtained change in BMI and differed from those not finding change in 3 ways: program implementers were not classroom teachers; intervention targeted middle or high schools; and inactivity reduction was promoted. An 8-step research strategy was delineated to develop and evaluate programs with a maximum chance of taming the obesity epidemic.