Community and School Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: A Literature Review

Suha Kridli, Vanessa Kondziolka, Kristina Burkland

Abstract


Childhood obesity is an increasing problem in the United States, with over 15% of children categorized as obese. Obesity can lead to several serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes mellitus, making it a major health concern to advanced practice nurses. An extensive literature review was performed to evaluate the most effective interventions in decreasing childhood obesity. The databases used to obtain the literature on childhood obesity interventions included CINAHL, ScienceDirect, and Medline. The literature showed that implementing a combination of physical activity and nutritional education programs in school and community-based settings can provide successful interventions to target childhood obesity.

Keywords


Obesity, Prevention, School, Childhood.

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