Addressing the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity Through School-Based Interventions: What Has Been Done and Where Do We Go From Here?


  • Karen E. Peterson,

    1. Associate Professor, and the Director of Public Health Nutrition, at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Peterson created and oversees a program of translational research and graduate training focused on solving nutrition-related public health problems through innovation, leadership and partnership.
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  • Mary Kay Fox

    1. Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Ms. Fox has worked on research related to school-based nutrition and obesity prevention programs for more than 20 years.
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Schools are ideal settings for implementing multi-component programs to prevent and control childhood obesity. Thoughtful improvements to proven strategies, coupled with careful evaluation, can contribute to accumulation of evidence needed to design and implement the next generation of optimal interventions.