Educational or Curriculum

BASICS program

Initiative Description: School-based nutrition education program (Building and Strengthening Iowa Community Support for Nutrition and Physical Activity [BASICS]) included eight 30-minute nutrition education and physical activity lessons administered in classrooms by trained nutrition educators and additional nutrition and physical activity education activities administered by classroom teachers + adding a multichannel social marketing intervention (BASICS Plus) to increase parent-directed communication.

Study Results: Increased Fruit and Vegetable consumption and low fat milk choice.

Reference: Blitstein, J. L., Cates, S. C., Hersey, J., Montgomery, D., Shelley, M., Hradek, C., … & Olson,
S. (2016). Adding a social marketing campaign to a school-based nutrition education
program improves children’s dietary intake: a quasi-experimental study. Journal of the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116(8), 1285-1294.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good