Educational or Curriculum – Environmental Change

Initiative Description: School-based program addressing risk factors for diabetes among children whose race or ethnic group and socioeconomic status placed them at high risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.The intervention consisted of four integrated components: nutrition, physical activity, behavioral knowledge and skills, and communications and social marketing.

Study Results: Nearly significant reduction in the prevalence of obesity (BMI ≥95th percentile) in the intervention schools, as compared with the control schools; children in the intervention schools had 19% lower odds of being obese at the end of the study than did those in the control schools

Reference: HEALTHY Study Group. (2010) A school-based intervention for diabetes risk reduction. New England Journal of Medicine, 363(5), 443-453. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1001933.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good