CPSTF Recommends Interventions to Increase Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Schools

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CPSTF Recommends Interventions to Improve Health Among Elementary Students

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends interventions that combine meal or fruit and vegetable snack interventions with physical activity interventions based on evidence they increase fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among elementary school students and decrease the prevalence of overweight and obesity. The recommendation is based on a systematic review of 21 studies published through July 2017.


Why is this important?


More Research Needed for Other Intervention Approaches!

The CPSTF finds insufficient evidence for three other school-based intervention approaches that combine dietary interventions with physical activity interventions. This does NOT mean the intervention approaches are ineffective; it means there is not enough evidence available to understand which of these approaches work, and in which settings. The CPSTF encourages researchers to continue evaluating the following approaches:

View this summary for a complete description and breakdown of all CPSTF findings for school-based intervention approaches to prevent and control obesity.


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Intervention Summary—read a summary of the evidence review and CPSTF finding

 

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Recommended: Meal or Fruit and Vegetable Snack Interventions Combined with Physical Activity Interventions in School

              More Research Needed: Reviews of Interventions to Increase Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Schools

 

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New! @CPSTF recommends combining meal or fruit and vegetable snack interventions with physical activity interventions to improve the health of elementary school students. https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/obesity-prevention-control-meal-fruit-vegetable-snack-interventions-combined-physical-activity-interventions-schools

Schools are a great place for kids to enjoy healthy food options and stay active. Explore all eight @CPSTF systematic reviews looking at the effectiveness of different intervention approaches to prevent and control obesity in schools. https://www.thecommunityguide.org/content/summary-cpstf-findings-evidence-intervention-approaches-prevent-control-obesity-schools


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The Community Guide