Title

Effectiveness of School-based Obesity Prevention Programs: The Need to Develop New Innovative Approaches in Schools

Date of Award

7-30-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Healthcare Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Healthcare Leadership

Advisor

Maria Creavin

Keywords

Childhood Obesity

Abstract

Childhood obesity is a major public health crisis facing America today. The need for effective interventions targeting the high-risk population (ethnic minorities and low-income communities) is a serious priority for public health officials (Klesges et al. 2010). Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic, and strategies that begin early in a child's life are necessary to support the prevention of obesity (CDC 2011). Schools have the potential to make beneficial contributions to prevention and intervention programs as they reach out to a large number of youth (Neumark-Sztainer et al. 2003). The goal of this research is to create awareness and a practical solution on the need for broader implementation of successful school-based childhood obesity programs in inner city schools. This capstone will review different models of wellness programs and establish an outline for a basic, easy-toimplement school-based wellness program.

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