Navigation Links
Community-based programs may help prevent childhood obesity
Date:6/17/2013

When it comes to confronting childhood obesity, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conclude that community-based approaches are important. A systematic review of childhood obesity prevention programs found that community-based intervention programs that incorporate schools and focus on both diet and physical activity are more effective at preventing obesity in children. The results of the study appear online in Pediatrics.

"In measuring the effectiveness of community-based programs that impact childhood obesity more comprehensive interventions are definitely better," said Sara Bleich, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy and Management and lead author on the paper. "The research shows that in order to help prevent obesity among children, we must focus on both diet and exercise in the communities where children live and go to school since the environment is a key contributor to obesity risk. Focusing on the community is especially important for children since they generally have little or no control over their environment."

This shift toward a stronger community focus is echoed in a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, which recommends a comprehensive approach to childhood obesity prevention that includes the community.

Researchers examined nine studies that featured community-based interventions and found that, among those, the two interventions that included a school component effectively prevented obesity or overweight in children. Common characteristics found across most of the nine studies included the use of multiple intervention components (e.g., health education and family outreach), the inclusion of settings other than just the community (e.g., school, home, primary care, child care), and a focus on children at middle school age or younger.

"While additional research is needed to assess the full impact of community-based interventions on the prevention of childhood obesity, our conclusions indicate that more comprehensive approaches, which attempt to modify diet and exercise in the community with engagement from the schools, weigh in everyone's favor," said Bleich.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tim Parsons
tmparson@jhsph.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Better ethics education needed in community-based research
2. Study implements community-based approach to treat HIV-infection in rural Uganda
3. Scripps studies show community-based diabetes programs are key to lowered costs and improved care
4. Fox Chase receives grant for community-based patient navigation services
5. Community-based HIV-prevention efforts can boost testing, help reduce new infections
6. Screening programs detect cases of undiagnosed rheumatic heart disease in low-resource countries
7. Fewer prostate cancer surgery complications found in teaching hospitals with fellowship programs
8. Rutgers leads effort to replicate care management programs in 4 U.S. cities
9. Coronary rehabilitation programs in Europe are underused
10. Rush joins elite group of institutions with accredited research programs
11. Online weight loss programs that feature successful dieters may help
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... MedaCheck, a leading medication ... outcomes, has announced its partnership with GrandView Health Services. , With decades of ... counter and prescription drug pharmacy services to thousands of residents. Serving Indiana, Ohio, ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... TN (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... and behavioral health services, today announced the opening of Twin Lakes Recovery Center. ... will be Summit’s first in the state. The residential facility is set ...
(Date:5/1/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 01, 2016 , ... Women's Excellence ... Essential Oils and taught by Patti Dolan, a Young Living Gold Member. , The ... 6:30pm - 7:15pm followed by a small intro to the Oils that can benefit ...
(Date:4/30/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 01, 2016 , ... Serenity Recovery, ... to rehabilitation, has produced a new video that focuses on one of the more ... recent sessions and clips from interviews with a participating patients and the Yoga class ...
(Date:4/30/2016)... , ... April 30, 2016 , ... ... Boise, President and CEO of EMED, today signed a multifaceted agreement which will ... and the Northern Caribbean University Department of Natural and Applied Sciences, Allied Health ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016  Marking its one year ... and ovarian cancer risk test, Color Genomics ... genes that highly impact the most common hereditary ... the Color Test analyzes hereditary cancer risks for ... uterine cancers. The Color Test is physician ordered ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... YORK , April 28, 2016 ... online consumer insights on healthcare, announced today that it ... their report Cool Vendor in Life Sciences, 2016, ... April 15, 2016.  The report focuses on life-science- oriented ... gain insight from patients and doctors, confirm medication ingestion, ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug delivery ... upcoming PIONEERS 2016 conference, presented by Joseph Gunnar ... New York . Nadav Kidron , ... conference. Presentation Details:   PIONEERS ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: