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Wellness Program for Elementary School Personnel

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00123500
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 25, 2005
Last Update Posted : March 28, 2017
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The goal of the project is to develop, implement, and evaluate, through a randomized controlled trial at a worksite, an intervention to promote increased physical activity behavior and healthier eating behavior to reduce overweight and obesity among elementary school personnel.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Obesity Cardiovascular Diseases Behavioral: Diet Behavioral: Physical Activity Behavioral: Environment Other: Control Group

Detailed Description:


The dramatic increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults in the United States during the past two decades is related to increased cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. With 63.9% of working-age adults employed, worksites are targets for prevention and intervention programs to control overweight and obesity. Worksite interventions have the potential to reach a large number of individuals in a common and shared environment.


This is a group-randomized trial involving 20 elementary schools in Jefferson Parish public schools. Schools will be the unit of randomization; 10 schools will be randomly allocated to implement the intervention, and 10 schools will serve as controls. The primary aim of the program is to reduce mean body weight. Secondary aims relate to changes at both the individual level and the environmental level. The intervention will address the two major determinants of overweight and obesity: physical activity and diet. A School Wellness Committee at each site will be instrumental in identifying and implementing components of the intervention.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1202 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: ACTION! Wellness Program for Elementary School Personnel
Study Start Date : September 2004
Primary Completion Date : August 2009
Study Completion Date : August 2009
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: 1
Worksite Intervention
Behavioral: Diet
Behavioral: Physical Activity
Physical Activity
Behavioral: Environment
Placebo Comparator: 2
Control Group
Other: Control Group
Control Group

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Body mass index (BMI) [ Time Frame: Measured at the end of the second year of intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 24-hour dietary recall [ Time Frame: Measured at baseline (Fall 2006) and follow-up (Fall 2008) ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy adults with no contraindications to participating in an intervention to improve eating and exercise behaviors
  • Healthy adults with no contraindications to participating in any of the measurement procedures

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to participate in routine physical activity
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00123500

United States, Louisiana
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70112
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator: Larry Webber, PhD Tulane University
More Information

Responsible Party: Larry S. Webber, Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00123500     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00122967
Other Study ID Numbers: 234
R01HL079509 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 25, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 28, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases