Implementing School-Based Policies to Prevent Obesity: Cluster Randomized Trial
The aim of this project was to determine whether school wellness policies could have a significant impact on BMI trajectories of middle school students.
Who is involved?
Researchers from the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and the Yale School of Public Health, including Marlene Schwartz, Jeannette Ickovics, Kathleen O’Connor Duffany, Fatma Shebl, Sue Peters, Margaret Read, and Kathryn Gilstad-Hayden
Why this matters now?
Most children in the United States spend an average of 6 to 7 hours a day at school, which is why schools have become a priority setting for preventing childhood obesity. These findings can guide future school and community interventions to help mitigate childhood obesity and reach children and their families to reduce risks and promote health.
These findings affect school-aged children, parents, educators, and administrators.
People can get more involved by visiting uconnruddcenter.org, or by learning more about the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act at https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/healthy-hunger-free-kids-act