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School-Based Obesity Prevention Program

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 2, 2005
Last Update Posted : November 17, 2005
University of Pennsylvania
Information provided by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Obesity Behavioral: Nutrition Intervention Not Applicable

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 1500 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: School-Based Obesity Prevention Program
Study Start Date : October 2002
Study Completion Date : June 2005

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Weightloss
  2. Weight maintenance

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

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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 (NCT number): NCT00142012

Sponsors and Collaborators
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
University of Pennsylvania
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Principal Investigator: Gary D. Foster, PhD U. of Pennsylvania

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00142012     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDC-OPHR-321534
First Posted: September 2, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 17, 2005
Last Verified: September 2005
Keywords provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms