Preventing childhood obesity : how effective are school health programs?
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Coordinated School Health Program model in reducing childhood obesity rates using state-level data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the years 1994, 2000, and 2006. I measured the effectiveness of school health policies including routine BMI screening, joint activities between health education and food service staff, staff training on nutrition, staff training on exercise, certifying health educators, prohibiting sale of junk food, limiting access to vending machines, whether schools teach about nutrition in class, and whether schools teach about exercise in class.; The only significant variables are BMI Screen and Staff Nutrition Training. BMI Screen is positively associated with the childhood obesity rate, suggesting that states may only include BMI screening as part of routine check-up after obesity rates have reached a critical stage, not as a preventative measure. Providing training in nutrition for school staff is the only policy that is by itself effective in reducing the state childhood obesity rate.
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