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Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard

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Tufts University
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Identifier:
First received: September 7, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2005
History: No changes posted
Community-based environmental approach to obesity prevention targeting first, second, and third grade students in Somerville, MA.

Condition Intervention
Childhood Obesity Behavioral: Nurtition and Physical Activity Education

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • BMI at one year
  • Dietary Behavior at one year
  • Physical Activity Behavior at one year
  • Nutrition Policy and Infrastructure Outcomes

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Nutrition Policy and Infrastructure Outcomes

Estimated Enrollment: 3000
Study Start Date: November 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2005
Detailed Description:
This study will demonstrate using measures of effectiveness, the feasibility of partnering with the community to create, disseminate, implement and evaluate Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart. Play Hard., a community-based environmental change intervention to prevent obesity in culturally diverse, high-risk, early elementary school children. Based on formative work with parents, children, teachers, school food service, school officials, and community members, a community-wide campaign will be developed with targeted environmental change strategies for early elementary school children within the before-, during-, and after-school environments reinforced by changes within the home and community to support behavioral action and maintenance. The intervention targeting children will bring the energy equation into balance by offering numerous physical activity options that total up to 125 kcals per day and by improving the composition of the food served and the dietary options, particularly snack foods, available throughout the day. This study will measure awareness and participation of the partners and residents within the community. In addition the temporal change in BMI z-score will be monitored internally in 700 Somerville children and externally in 1000 control children from 2 demographically-matched communities for one year and will be compared to the change in BMI z-score in children participating in Shape Up Somerville with children from control communities over the one-year intervention and for one year of follow up. If successful, Somerville will serve as the model community that paves the way for cost-effective nationwide environmental action to prevent obesity at the community level.

Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 11 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Public school students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in Somerville, MA

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00153322

United States, Massachusetts
Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02111
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tufts University
Principal Investigator: Christina D. Economos, PhD Tufts University
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00153322     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDC-OPHR-121519
R06 CCR 121519
Study First Received: September 7, 2005
Last Updated: September 7, 2005

Keywords provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Childhood Obesity
Community-based Participatory Research
School intervention
Parental Involvement

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pediatric Obesity
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
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