Primary care is an opportune setting to contribute to obesity prevention and treatment. However, there is limited evidence for effective and sustainable interventions in primary care. The Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative (MYOC) successfully affected office systems, provider behavior, and patient experience, back in 2009.
This follow-up study by HPRC’s Dr. Steven Gortmaker and Dr. Michele Polacsek found sustainable improvements in clinical decision support and family management of risk behaviors within a primary-care-based approach to addressing overweight risk among children and youth.
Polacsek M, Orr J, O’Brien LM, Rogers VW, Fanburg J, Gortmaker SL. Sustainability of key maine youth overweight collaborative improvements: a follow-up study. Child Obes. 2014 Aug;10(4):326-33.
A study by HPRC’s Dr. Angie Cradock, Jessica Barrett, and Dr. Steven Gortmaker found that Active School Day implementation increased student moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels and decreased sedentary time during school at modest cost.
The study took place in six elementary schools with three matched pairs and included 455 consenting fourth- and fifth-grade students in Boston, Massachusetts, from February to June 2011.
Check out these three articles included in the NOPREN supplement written by Harvard School of Public Health Professor, Steve Gortmaker, and Harvard Prevention Research Center Researchers, Angie Cradock and Katie Giles.
In September 2012, NOPREN members published 9 research articles related to how policies affect children’s health, with a focus on childhood obesity. These articles can now be accessed for free on the NOPREN website.