School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: The intervention included, Kids Nutrition and Fitness, 6-week nutrition, physical activity educational after-school program, with parental and at-home components along with school activities, including the creation of an Advisory Committee that made wellness policies

Study Results: Children in the intervention group decreased their BMI on average by 2.80 (p = 0.04) and BMI z-scores on average by 0.48 (p = 0.03). At 12 months follow up children increased their daily dietary intake of vegetables on average by 1.51 (p = 0.03), fruit on average by 2.00 (P = 0.001), and 100% fruit juice by 1.12 (p = 0.05). An increase of 1.02 (p = 0.03) was seen in self-efficacy of healthy food choices (p = 0.03). Parent (P = 0.04) and community (p = 0.001) involvement significantly increased to 100% participation.

Reference: Wright, K., Norris, K., Newman, Giger, J., & Suro, Z. (2012). Improving healthy dietary behaviors, nutrition knowledge, and self-efficacy among underserved school children with parent and community involvement. Journal of Childhood Obesity, 8(4), 347-356. doi: 10.1089/chi.2012.0045.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good