Top 10 Lessons Learned from Project Healthy Schools

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  • Childhood obesity is increasing in the United States; obese children are more likely to become obese adults with obesity-associated health issues. Effective programs designed to reduce the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity are needed. We sought to review one such program, Project Healthy Schools (PHS), for key findings. Project Healthy Schools is a health curriculum that includes educational lessons, school environment changes, and health measurement. Data have shown improvement in numerous metrics after the program, including positive changes in physiologic measures and healthier lifestyle behaviors. The school's socioeconomic status has been shown to correlate with baseline and follow-up measures, and gender differences exist. Additionally, school environmental changes support improved health behaviors. The collaborative effort and support of various stakeholders have led to the success of this health education program, resulting in numerous physiologic and behavioral benefits in middle school students throughout Michigan, and providing a replicable, real-world approach to combating childhood obesity.
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  • Rogers R; Krallman R; Jackson EA; DuRussel-Weston J; Palma-Davis LV; de Visser R; Eagle T; Eagle KA; Kline-Rogers E
  • Start Page

  • 990.e1
  • End Page

  • 990.e7
  • Volume

  • 130
  • Issue

  • 8