Report of the HEAL-SLO/ TCE School Wellness Grant, September 14, 2009.
A two year grant (October 2008-2010) was awarded to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department (SLOPHD) so that outside agencies could engage in school wellness policy (SWP) advocacy and community activities to aid in combating the growing epidemic of obesity among the county’s high risk populations. Under SLOPHD oversight, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEALSLO) proposed school district outcomes, objectives, and indicators. In March 2009, a research team from the newly formed STRIDE Institute at California Polytechnic State University was contracted to review and evaluate the Oceano Elementary School eating and physical activity environments with the intent to create baseline measures for school wellness improvement. This report summarizes STRIDE’s studies, observations and recommendations. Before diving into the results of this study, an overview of the childhood obesity issue and previous federal, state and school efforts undertaken to address this issue might be helpful.
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