Educational or Curriculum

HOPS Program

Initiative Description: The HOPS/OWG consisted of a dietary intervention, a classroom curriculum component, and a physical activity component. The dietary intervention consisted of modifications to school-provided breakfasts, lunches, and snacks in intervention schools, and a nutrient dense-education education curriculum for use in the cafeteria. The curriculum component consisted of a school-based holistic nutrition and healthy lifestyle management program for elementary-aged children and adults. The physical activity component provided increased opportunities for PA in ways that were feasible for schools within the constraints of testing mandates during the school day. The program was implemented over 2 years.

Study Results: There were significant improvements in BMI, blood pressure, and academic scores, among low-income Hispanic and White children in particular, in the intervention group vs controls.

Reference: Hollar, D., Lombardo, M., Lopez-Mitnik, G., Hollar, T. L., Almon, M., & Agatston, A. S. (2010). Effective multi-level, multi-sector, school-based obesity prevention programming improves weight, blood pressure, and academic performance, especially among low-income, minority children. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved,21, 93-108

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good