Online Program

SNEAKERĀ©: Instituting Knowledge and Behavior Changes in NYC Elementary Schools

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Robyn Wiesel, MCHES, Education & Academic Affairs, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Titilayo Ologhobo, MPH, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Sandra Goldsmith, MA, MS, RD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Alanna Perlstein, CHES, Public and Patient Education, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Laura Robbins, DSW, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
NYC health statistics indicate the prevalence of childhood obesity is between 25% -30%. With obesity trends rising, CDC states obese children are more likely to exhibit immediate negative health effects such as bone and joint problems and osteoarthritis. Addressing this trend, HSS, a musculoskeletal hospital, implemented the SNEAKER© (Super Nutrition Education for All Kids to Eat Right) program to educate and improve diet and physical activity levels of NYC public school children to prevent obesity related musculoskeletal conditions.

SNEAKER© is a seven week nutrition and physical activity education program. The curriculum was implemented with 86 children ages 8–11 years attending NYC public schools in underserved communities. The program’s impact was evaluated using a validated questionnaire assessing nutrition knowledge and self-reported behavior before and after intervention. Paired sample t-test was used to measure pre/post changes in knowledge. Chi square test compared behavior from pre to post-test.

Overall mean nutrition knowledge scores significantly increased (p<0.001) from pre to post (47.2 to 60.5). Statistically significant (p<0.001) knowledge gains found in daily fruit servings, identifying healthier food choices, and using portion control. Statistically significant (p=0.006) increases were found in consumption of high fiber cereal (58% to 67%) and vegetable consumption (p=0.05; 73% to 79%). Participation in vigorous physical activity significantly (p < 0.001) increased (74% to 83%).

Results indicate SNEAKER© has a positive impact on knowledge and health behaviors of school-aged children. Findings show implementing an evidence- based educational curriculum can provide an effective and feasible strategy to address childhood obesity in underserved communities.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the effectiveness of using education as a tool for healthy behavior changes Highlight program's impact on healthy eating choices and habits of children attending NYC public schools Define the overall need for childhood obesity education within the school system

Keyword(s): Pediatrics, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the co-principal of multiple nutrition education programs focusing on children and childhood obesity.
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.