Nutrition & Physical Activity Research in Schools
Planet Health is an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on improving the health and well-being of sixth through eighth grade students while building and reinforcing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education. Through classrooms and physical education activities, Planet Health aims to increase activity, improve dietary quality, and decrease inactivity—in particular screen time. Teacher trainings, flexible design, and planning tools facilitate the implementation of Planet Health.
Eat Well & Keep Moving is an interdisciplinary elementary school program designed to promote healthful eating and physical activities in school, home, and community environments. The six components of the program—classroom education, physical education, school-wide promotional campaigns on nutrition and physical activity, food service, staff wellness, and parent and community involvement—work together to create a supportive learning environment that promotes learning of lifelong good habits.
This project documents economic investment in communities through the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program and examines the distribution of funds across diverse areas. We develop measures of successful SRTS economic investment and project implementation in low-resource communities based on stated objectives of the SRTS program. We aim to inform policies to support equitable, comprehensive SRTS programs and safe, active environments for youth.
This project evaluates the impact of the Boston Public Schools’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)-funded initiatives to increase and improve physical education and physical activity in schools. We evaluate “Active School Day” policy implementation using a quasi-experimental design, conduct cost-effectiveness analysis using evaluation findings, and rapidly communicate and disseminate research findings to key stakeholders via targeted, audience-specific strategies.