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New School-Based Study Offers Successful Approach to Obesity Reduction :

May 4, 2016

We are always looking for creative solutions that work for reducing obesity in our community and this week we release a study that shows promise

We are always looking for creative solutions that work for reducing obesity in our community and this week we release a study that shows promise. Bogart et al. (10.1542/peds.2015-2493) share with us the long-term results (two years) of a five-week middle-school based obesity-prevention intervention combining school-wide changes with nutritional and physical activity counseling and peer-led education. 

The authors offered this program (“Students for Nutrition and eXercise) to 5 Los Angeles schools who were randomly selected for the intervention and compared these five schools to five schools on a wait-list for the program who served as a control group. Students were then relooked at for height and weight two years later. 

The obese students in the intervention during seventh grade showed substantive reductions in BMI  (nine pound on average lower expected bodyweight) when restudied in ninth grade—two years after the intervention itself had ended—when compared to those not in the intervention.  Does your local school district offer a program promoting good nutrition and exercise?  If not, weigh into this study and see if it is applicable to the schools in your region.

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