241113 Pittsburgh Obesity Prevention Initiative (POPI): Lessons Learned

Monday, October 31, 2011

Nicole Smith, PhD , School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Thomas L. Mckenzie, PhD , School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Julie A. Frank, CHES , The SPARK Programs, San Diego, CA
Paul Rosengard , The SPARK Programs, San Diego, CA
Staff development is a common feature of public education, and is an important aspect of the continued development of physical education teachers after their initial certification. Little is known about staff development efforts in physical education, especially at the high school level. Participation in physical activity declines with age, and by the time students reach high school most do not achieve national recommendations. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the Pittsburgh Obesity Prevention Initiative (POPI), with particular emphasis on lessons learned in at the high school level. POPI was a 4-year collaboration involving a school district, an external funding agent, three universities, and a private sector staff development team. The main intervention was conducted by SPARK (Sports Play and Active Recreation for Kids), a research-based staff development program and involved 7 high schools from Pittsburgh Public School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Date were generated (a) using teacher-reported feedback on the program and the staff development process (b) direct observation of lessons in the 7 schools over two years using SOFIT (System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time), and (c) interviews with key informants. Results indicated high teacher satisfaction with the intervention process as well as high levels of physical activity during PE classes (i.e., over 50% MVPA). Numerous barriers to conducting and assessing staff development on a limited budget were identified.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to list 3 lessons learned. Attendees will be able to describe the POPI intervention.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee programs on physical activity/education and coordinated school health. I managed the data collection and analysis of this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
The SPARK Programs physical activity Employment (includes retainer)

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.