May 4, 1998
A school-based behavior intervention, “Planet Health”, was tested in ten Massachusetts public schools over a two-year period. Sixth and seventh graders in five of the schools participated in the program; students at the other five schools did not. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that the prevalence of obesity among girls in the intervention schools was reduced, compared with obesity among girls in the control schools. They found no such difference in boys, but “Planet Health” reduced television viewing in both boys and girls in the intervention schools, compared with children in the control schools. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in New Orleans, May 1-5. For interviews during the meeting, contact the press room at (504) 670-8502 or 670-8508. Researchers’ Institutional Contact: Anita Harris (617) 432-3863
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