An HPRC study found that children consumed more salty and sugary foods and nearly twice as many calories when they brought their own after-school snack, as compared to when they consumed only program-provided snacks.
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 … Continue reading “HPRC study demonstrates sustainable approach to addressing overweight risk among children”
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 … Continue reading ““Impact of the Boston Active School Day Policy to Promote Physical Activity Among Children””
Michael Long’s new paper showing schools that implement strong nutrition standards for snacks increase student meal participation and school revenue.
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.
The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools A review of Massachusetts public school district wellness policies found that prior to 2010, most (92%-94% of policies) did not address access to free drinking water. The study also estimated costs associated with three water provision strategies: commercial bottled water cooler, tap-water dispensers (both refrigerated … Continue reading “Getting Back on Tap”