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ERIC Number: EJ1037665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Evaluation of a Coordinated School-Based Obesity Prevention Program in a Hispanic Community: Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids/healthy Schools Healthy Families
Berger-Jenkins, Evelyn; Rausch, John; Okah, Ebiere; Tsao, Daisy; Nieto, Andres; Lyda, Elizabeth; Meyer, Dodi; McCord, Mary
American Journal of Health Education, v45 n5 p261-270 2014
Background: Obesity is a public health concern that disproportionately affects underserved and minority communities. Purpose: To evaluate whether a comprehensive obesity prevention program that targets children and school staff in an underserved Hispanic community affects obesity related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among both students and staff. Methods: Using a longitudinal design over 2 years we administered surveys to fourth-grade students (N = 184) and school staff (N = 99) from 7 elementary schools involved in a comprehensive obesity prevention program. In year 2, a control group of students and staff from a neighboring school completed the same surveys for comparison. Results: Over 2 years, students and school staff participating in the program reported improved nutrition knowledge and behavior, and school staff reported improved self-efficacy for physical activity and a trend toward increased physical activity. In year 2 student nutrition behaviors improved preferentially for intervention versus control students. Discussion: Comprehensive programs that target students and school staff may be useful in underserved communities to improve certain knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity. Translation to Health Education Practice: Working in concert with public health policy changes, these programs may help to address the disparity in the obesity rate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Minority Health (PHS/DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Grant or Contract Numbers: CPIMP071048-013