Sustainable Practices Within a School-Based Intervention: A Report from Project Healthy Schools
Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2013
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
World Medical & Health Policy
Volume 4, Issue 3-4, pages 80–89, December 2012
How to Cite
Mohan, S., Smith, C. A., Corriveau, N. L., Kline-Rogers, E., Jackson, E. A., Eagle, K. A., Goldberg, C. and DuRussel-Weston, J. (2012), Sustainable Practices Within a School-Based Intervention: A Report from Project Healthy Schools. World Medical & Health Policy, 4: 80–89. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.6
- Issue online: 11 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2013
- childhood obesity;
- middle school intervention;
- wellness program
Over the past three decades the proportion of students classified as overweight has almost tripled. This trend in childhood obesity is a cause for concern. Stakeholders have come together to stem growth and implement healthy habits in childhood to not only prevent obesity, but also future cardiovascular risk. School-based health interventions have proven to be an effective medium to reach youth. Sustainable practices remain the largest determinant of long-term success of these programs. Project Healthy Schools, a community–university collaborative school-based health intervention program, sustainable practices have led to positive changes in participating middle schools. This collaborative has provided important insight on key factors needed for long-term sustainability for a school-based wellness program. These key factors are described under leadership, policy, finances, and reproducibility. Future school-based programs may plan for success with sustainability while drawing from our experience.