Educational or Curriculum – Policy

Shaping Healthy Choices Program

Initiative Description: 5 overlapping components comprised the Shaping Healthy Choices Program: (1) nutrition education and promotion, (2) family and community partnerships, (3) supporting regional agriculture, (4) foods available on the school campus, and (5) school wellness committees and policies.Classroom education was implemented using an inquiry-based, garden-enhanced curriculum developed for the SHCP, Discovering Healthy Choices (DHC).

Study Results: Decreased BMI.

Reference: Scherr, R. E., Linnell, J. D., Dharmar, M., Beccarelli, L. M., Bergman, J. J., Briggs, M., & … Zidenberg-Cherr, S. (2017). A multicomponent, school-based intervention, the shaping healthy choices program, improves nutrition-related outcomes. Journal Of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 49(5), 368-379.e1

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good