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Wise Mind project: a school-based environmental approach for preventing weight gain in children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17426326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The Wise Mind pilot study compared the efficacy of an environmental approach for prevention of inappropriate weight gain in children with an active control condition that used an environmental approach for modifying expectancies related to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A total of 670 second to sixth grade students from four schools were enrolled in the study. The study spanned 2 academic years, and 586 students were available for evaluation at the end of the study. Two schools were randomly assigned to each treatment arm. The environmental approach for weight gain prevention focused on modification of eating habits and physical activity, and the active control group focused on modification of expectancies related to substance use. RESULTS: Using an intention to treat design, the study found no differences in weight gain prevention between the two interventions. The weight gain prevention program was associated with reduction of total caloric intake, reduction of dietary fat intake, reduction of protein intake, and increased physical activity in comparison with the active control group and relative to baseline. These changes in food intake were attributed to changes in food selections that resulted from modification of school cafeteria menus and food preparation. DISCUSSION: The Wise Mind school-based weight gain prevention program induced behavioral changes in healthy eating and physical activity but did not induce significant changes in body weight in comparison with the control arm. Recommendations for future research are provided.
Donald A Williamson; Amy L Copeland; Stephen D Anton; Catherine Champagne; Hongmei Han; Leslie Lewis; Corby Martin; Robert L Newton; Melinda Sothern; Tiffany Stewart; Donna Ryan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1930-7381     ISO Abbreviation:  Obesity (Silver Spring)     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-11     Completed Date:  2007-06-27     Revised Date:  2008-01-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101264860     Medline TA:  Obesity (Silver Spring)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  906-17     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70734, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Mass Index
Energy Intake
Health Promotion*
Life Style
Models, Statistical
Obesity / prevention & control*
Pilot Projects
Weight Gain
Grant Support
R01 DK063453-01/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS

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