177911 National example of a coordinated school health approach to obesity prevention

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Julie A. Frank, MPH, CHES , SPARK Programs, San Diego, CA
Overweight and obesity continues to be an issue among children. Schools are the environment where children spend the majority of their day. A national model: SPARK Coordinated School Health has identified partners to provide schools and districts with the programs, tools, and resources they need to help create a healthy school environment. A scope and sequence document that shows the alignment of all partners with SPARK Coordinated School Health messages will be presented: Select fruits and vegetables; Play actively; Avoid excess sugar and fat; Reduce TV/Media time; Keep H2O the way to go. Highlights and feedback from pilot testing will be discussed. Participants will learn steps to establishing effective collaborations and will be able to list the SPARK Coordinated School Health messages.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify steps to effective collaboration. 2. List SPARK Coordinated School Health partners. 3. List SPARK Coordinated School Health messages.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Have worked in the field of public health for almost 8 years. Have worked in county public health, school health, corporate wellness. A Certified Health Education Specialist since 2000. Worked in many research projects and head up the development of this national Coordinated School Health Initiative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.