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To develop a community-based program targeting overweight and obesity prevention among adolescents in limited resource, minority communities.
An updated summary of pre-assessment findings and description of post-assessment plan of a five year, tri-state, quasi-experimental project including six communities (one control and one intervention community from each state) who are responsible for creating and implementing one nutrition and one physical activity program addressing overweight and obesity among 6-8th grade youth.
Mixed methods approach used to evaluate pre-assessment data pertaining to community food and physical activity environments, student health perceptions and behaviors, as well as indicators of youth empowerment. Ripple effect mapping (REM) and a school wellness policy change tool will be used in addition to previous tools in post assessment data collection.
Conclusion and Implications
Identifying a potential framework for creating community-focused, sustainable and effective adolescent obesity prevention program.