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Volume 1: No. 2, April 2004

SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
ORIGINAL RESEARCH: FEATURED ABSTRACT FROM THE 18TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL
Healthy Weight in Schools: Supporting Schools Through Partnerships


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EC Haller, SC Oleksyk

Suggested citation for this article: Haller EC, Oleksyk SC. Healthy weight in schools: supporting schools through partnerships [abstract]. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2004 Apr [date cited]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/
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In 2002, statewide consensus recommendations — The Role of Michigan Schools in Promoting Healthy Weight — were developed under the leadership of the state departments of education and public health. Thirty statewide organizations participated in the consensus process. Many of these original partners and additional new organizations are actively collaborating to identify and implement initiatives to help schools implement the consensus guidelines.

Five specific initiatives have evolved: 1) a development, printing, and distribution plan for family education materials; 2) grants to schools to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's SHI: School Health Index self-assessment and planning tool and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Changing the Scene kit; 3) a Web site for easy access to resources and assessment tools; 4) a statewide conference on healthy school environments; and 5) leadership and development of resources for the Michigan Action for Healthy Kids Coalition.

Preliminary evaluation results suggest that schools find these tools useful in creating healthy school environments and promoting healthy weight.

Schools are struggling to address obesity during a time of limited resources. It is imperative that states do everything possible to help them in their efforts. Partnerships reduce duplication and produce innovative products and tools.

Corresponding Author: Shannon Carney Oleksyk, MS, RD, Nutrition Consultant, Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control/Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity, 3423 N MLK Jr Blvd, PO Box 30195, Lansing, MI 48909. Telephone: 517-335-9373. E-mail: carneys@michigan.gov.

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