Multi-component school-based obesity prevention programs
- Involves educational, environmental, and behavioral activities and typically addresses both physical activity and nutrition before, during, and/or after school
- Typically includes healthy living and nutrition education classes, enhanced physical education and increased physical activity opportunities, and school-wide promotion of healthy food options and food environment improvements
- Capacity building and professional support for teachers and staff, along with family education and support
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
All school-aged children
Outcomes and impact
- Increased physical activity and improved dietary habits
- Improved weight status when implemented with high intensity for long durations
- More successful than single-component programs
Keys to successful implementation
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- Fostering community and parent participation is critical to maintaining the multifaceted nature of such programs.
- Trained staff members and teachers who model good health habits for their students are an important component of these programs.
- Partnerships with childhood health and obesity non-profits, child nutritionists, community gardens, and farmers markets can increase longer term engagement.
- Ensuring that program staff model good health habits strengthens program learnings.