The key objective of this project is to develop a computer simulation model of school food policies that will simulate their effects on youth overweight and obesity rates. This computer model also will provide a user-friendly synthesis of current research, which will provide an accessible means by which practitioners, schools, and other stakeholders might develop and prioritize policies and develop a comprehensive and coherent program to address this critical public health issue. The study will utilize a population model through age 18. All available published research to date will be assessed for entry into the simulation model, including data focusing on racial/ethnic minorities and low socioeconomic status groups.
Start Date: September 2007
ID #: 63048
Principal Investigator: David Levy, PhD
Organization: H.B.S.A., Inc
Funding Round: Round 2
Age Groups: Adolescents (grades 9 to 12), Elementary-age children (grades K to 5), Young adolescents (grades 6 to 8)
Keywords: Competitive foods, School meal programs, Snacks
Resource Type: Grant Summary
Focus Area: School & After School
Simulation Models of Obesity: A Review of the Literature and Implications for Research and PolicyThe article presents an overview of existing simulation models (SMs) for obesity, discusses their strengths and weaknesses and suggests directions for future research. The authors conclude that SMs can serve as a summary of knowledge and a structure for improving knowledge and understanding of the complex factors contributing to obesity.
Rapid Health Impact Assessment on Changes to School Nutrition Standards to Align with 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for AmericansThe national school breakfast and lunch programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are cornerstone federal nutrition assistance programs. School meals are one of the healthiest sources of foods for school-age children, which is significant as some children receive up to half of their daily calories at school. Policy opportunities in 2023 More