Evidence for School Based Physical Activity & Nutrition Programs

School Based Physical Activity Programs

Multi-Component Obesity Prevention Programs

There is strong evidence that multi-component school-based obesity prevention programs increase physical activity, improve weight status, and improve dietary habits. However, there is significant variability in program design and effect. Additional evidence is needed to confirm effects on body mass index (BMI) and characteristics of successful programs.

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Physically Active Classrooms

There is strong evidence that physically active classrooms increase physical activity levels for students and moderately improve their on-task behavior and academic achievement. Classroom activity breaks moderately but consistently increase students’ physical activity levels.  Students participating in classroom-based physical activities that incorporate academic concepts have significantly better improvements in on-task behavior than students in comparison classrooms.

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School Fruit and Vegetable Gardens

There is strong evidence that school gardens increase participating children’s consumption and willingness to try new vegetables. Establishing school gardens is a recommended strategy to promote healthy eating, improve nutrition, and reduce obesity. Garden-based nutrition intervention programs have been shown to increase health-related knowledge, willingness to taste, and preference for fruits and vegetables around the country.

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