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Current policies target schools as key settings in which to address disparities in child obesity. Interventions to improve the school nutritional environment have shown encouraging results for reducing body mass index, decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, and increasing fruit and vegetable intake. However, few interventions have been developed and tested for feasibility and effectiveness in partnership with key stakeholders in large school districts. In this session, Dr. Laura Bogart will discuss the development and results of Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX), a 5-week middle-school-based obesity-prevention intervention that combines school-wide food environmental changes, multimedia, encouragement to eat healthy school cafeteria foods, and peer-led education. She will describe the formation and maintenance of the partnership with the participating school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as relevant community stakeholders; review the results of the randomized controlled trial; and discuss the policy impact of the research and program dissemination activities.
Dr. Laura M. Bogart is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and Research Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in HIV Prevention from the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999. She is Associate Editor and Health Disparities Special Section Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association (Division 38, Health Psychology). She is a member of the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS (BSCH) NIH study section.
Laura M. Bogart, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Research Director of the Division of General Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital