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School-Based Obesity Prevention Program

This study has been completed.
University of Pennsylvania
Information provided by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Identifier:
First received: August 31, 2005
Last updated: November 16, 2005
Last verified: September 2005
The overarching goal of this initiative is to reduce the prevalence and occurrence of obesity and increase the remission of obesity in children and adolescents through implementation of a Comprehensive School Nutrition Policy designed to promote changes in the school environment that will reinforce students’ development of healthy eating and physical activity patterns inside and outside of school.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Nutrition Intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: School-Based Obesity Prevention Program

Further study details as provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Weightloss
  • Weight maintenance

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Risk for overweight status (BMI 85th to 95th percentile)
  • BMI z-scores, calculated for a given age and gender, will show a greater decline in intervention subjects versus controls

Estimated Enrollment: 1500
Study Start Date: October 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2005
Detailed Description:
The proposed research aims to evaluate the effects of a school-based nutrition policy initiative on prevalence, incidence and remission of overweight (BMI > 95th percentile). It is a partnership between the Food Trust, the School District of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Participants are approximately 1500 students from ten schools in grades four through eight. Half of the schools were randomized to a comprehensive School Nutrition Policy Initiative (SNPI) based on CDC's Guidelines to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating. The SNPI is a community-based intervention administered by the Comprehensive School Nutrition Policy Task Force that is comprised of 40 individuals representing the public and private sectors. The goal of the SNPI is to change the school environment to: support healthy eating, increase physical activity, and decrease the prevalence of childhood overweight and diet-related diseases. The remaining study participants are in five control schools, matched for ethnicity, SES, and type of food service. Most students are African American and qualify for free and reduced meals at school (household income < 185% of the poverty level adjusted for household size). Assessments of weight, height, intake, activity, inactivity and eating disorder symptomatology are being conducted at baseline and 1 and 2 years.

Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any child in 4th, 5th, 6th grades in study site schools

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any child not in 4th, 5th, 6th in study site schools
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00142012

Sponsors and Collaborators
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Gary D. Foster, PhD U. of Pennsylvania
  More Information Identifier: NCT00142012     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDC-OPHR-321534
Study First Received: August 31, 2005
Last Updated: November 16, 2005

Keywords provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 26, 2017