STUDY: A validated tool to effectively assess nutrition and physical activity environments and behaviors in after school settings.

An HPRC study found that the Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical Activity Observational Practice Assessment Tool (OSNAP-OPAT) can assist researchers and practitioners in validly assessing nutrition and physical activity environments and behaviors in afterschool settings.

HPRC study demonstrates sustainable approach to addressing overweight risk among children

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”

“Impact of the Boston Active School Day Policy to Promote Physical Activity 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””

Getting Back on Tap

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”