ERIC Number: EJ1081605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Nurse-Led School-Based Child Obesity Prevention
Tucker, Sharon; Lanningham-Foster, Lorraine M.
Journal of School Nursing, v31 n6 p450-466 Dec 2015
School-based childhood obesity prevention programs have grown in response to reductions in child physical activity (PA), increased sedentariness, poor diet, and soaring child obesity rates. Multiple systematic reviews indicate school-based obesity prevention/treatment interventions are effective, yet few studies have examined the school nurse role in obesity interventions. Building on a previous study, this study examines a refined health messaging (Let's Go 5-2-1-0) program delivered to fourth and fifth graders (n = 72) by a school nurse with reinforcement on-site health coaching by senior nursing students. Two nursing schools and two elementary schools participated. Measures of PA, body mass index percentile, and self-reported health habits were collected at baseline (School A, September 2009 and School B, January 2010) and end of year (April 2010 for both schools). Findings included statistically significant increases in PA levels and improvements in child-reported health habits. School nurses can influence obesity prevention. Further research on adoption of school nurse--led obesity interventions is warranted.
Descriptors: Intervention, Obesity, Prevention, Child Health, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Nursing Students, College School Cooperation, Nursing Education, Body Composition, Body Weight, Health Behavior, Statistical Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Hypothesis Testing, Surveys, Eating Habits, Life Style, Nutrition, Family Environment, Measurement Equipment, Physical Activity Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Center for Research Resources (NIH/DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1UL1RR02415001