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

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Healthcare Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies


Healthcare Leadership


Maria Creavin


Childhood Obesity


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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