Parents whose children were part of a school-centered, community-based obesity prevention program reported losing a modest amount of weight over the course of the 2-year intervention, according to a study published online December 18 in the American Journal of Public Health.

The program may be the first to measure the effect of a school-based program on community health, according to Edward Coffield, PhD, prevention effectiveness fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues. The researchers surveyed 478 parents at the start and completion of a program targeting children in grades 1 through 3, called Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard, which ran from 2002 to 2005.

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