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INTEGRATING NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EDUCATION INTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SERVING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Farrell, Vanessa A. Ph.D., R.D., CSCS; Reeves, Jennifer M.Ed.; Going, Scott B. Ph.D.; Houtkooper, Linda Ph.D., R.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318229cc27
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LEARNING OBJECTIVEs: From this article, the reader will understand the following concepts:

• Overweight and obese children are at increased risk for health problems.

• There has been an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children in the United States.

• Improving nutrition and physical activity practices can help combat the rising prevalence of childhood obesity, especially in high-risk populations.

• A process for developing strategies for how to incorporate sustainable, integrated nutrition and physical activity education into schools and after-school sites that serve elementary-age children from low-income families.

Find out how public/private partnerships and school wellness tools can be used to create sustainable, integrated nutrition and physical education programs that meet state standards for health and physical education and contribute to obesity prevention programs for children from low-income families.

Vanessa A. Farrell, Ph.D., R.D., CSCS, is an associate in extension, at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona. She was the coprincipal investigator of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant, Partners for Healthy Active Children, Compañeros Para NiñosSanos y Activos, and is the director of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education unit at the University of Arizona.

Jennifer Reeves, M.Ed., is an associate research scientist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is principal investigator of a current Carol M. White PEP Grant and was the coprincipal investigator of the Partners for Healthy Active Children, Compãneros Para NiñosSanos y Activos, and is an associate research scientist for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education unit at the University of Arizona.

Scott B. Going, Ph.D., is a professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona, and the director for the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition. He is an ACSM member and was the principal investigator for the Carol M. White PEP grant, Partners for Healthy Active Children, Compañeros Para NiñosSanos y Activos.

Linda Houtkooper, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and an associate director for Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, a coinvestigator on the Partners study, and administrative advisor to a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education unit at the University of Arizona.

Disclosure: Authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine.