Educational or Curriculum

The HOPS program

Initiative Description: providing a nutrition and healthy lifestyle curricula that taught elementary-aged children and adults about good nutrition and healthy lifestyle management, including an emphasis on increased levels of physical activity. The dietary intervention consisted of modifications to school-provided breakfasts, lunches, and extended-day snacks in the intervention schools. Menus were modified to include (1) more high-fiber items (e.g., whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables); (2) fewer high-glycemic items (e.g., high-sugar cereals and processed flour goods); and (3) lower amounts of total, saturated, and trans fats. Programming included a thematic set of nutrition activities developed by the study staff in collaboration with elementary school education experts. Each month, a multimedia set of educational materials that highlighted nutrient-dense foods and healthy lifestyle management lessons were sent to the intervention school

Study Results: Children mantained healthy BMI levels. Also, students significantly improved math scores in intervention group and although not significantly so, intervention school children had higher reading scores both years.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good