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  • Detroit Health DepartmentDetroit Public SchoolsDetroit Recreation DepartmentSMART

  • SMARTBackground (Why)

    Methods / Approaches (What We Did)

    Results (What We Found)

    Conclusions ( What We Think About What We Found)

    Public Health Implications

  • SMART

    BACKGROUND

  • BackgroundYouth Obesity: A Public Health CrisisThe Prevalence of increased obesity and overweight among teens that adversely affect the quality of health and academic performance

    Today, there are nearly twice as many overweight children and almost three times as many overweight adolescents as there were in 1980. Increase in Type II diabetes among children, estimated eight times the pre-1992 level.

    Overweight in children and adolescents is generally caused by lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of the two (2001 Surgeon General's Call to Action)

  • BackgroundYouth Obesity: A Public Health CrisisConsidered a national epidemicThreefold increase in overweight children and teens in last two decadesChildrens health at further risk due to undernourishment.Sedentary lifestyle compounds problemUnhealthy/sedentary lifestyles result in $100 billion in costs and 300,000 deaths annually (U.S. Surgeon Generals Report, 2002)

  • BackgroundYouth Obesity: A Public Health CrisisIncreased prevalence of overweight children in each age group

    Between 1988-94 and 1999-2000, weight increased by 10% among African American and Mexican American adolescents!

    15% (1 in 6) of children 6 years and older are overweight Study (Journal of the American Medical Association)

  • Prevalence of Overweight Children in U.S.--NHANES

  • BackgroundYouth Obesity: A Public Health CrisisOne third of Michigan school children are overweight. In fact, they are among the heaviest in the nation. For example, a typical 17-year-old child is 7 pounds heavier than the national average.

    One of five African-American girls, one of six African-American boys, and one of twelve Caucasian children have significantly elevated resting blood pressures.

    2-4% of Michigan school children have "severely high" blood pressure, compared to a national average of 1%.

    39% of Michigan children have elevated cholesterol levels compared to a national average of 25%.

    (Kuntzleman C.T. University of Michigan Dept. of Movement Science)

  • BackgroundYouth Obesity: A Public Health CrisisOnly 22% of male and 19% of female teens meet the minimum average daily goal of at least five servings of vegetables and fruits.

    1/3 of students do not receive the recommended amount of both moderate and vigorous physical activity during the week.

    Younger students were more likely to watch three or more hours of television each day on an average school day.

    (2001 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results Detroit High School Survey)

  • SMART

    METHODS/APPROACHES

  • What We DidMethods & ApproachesBrought stakeholders and partners together

    Committed resources from three district bureaucratic organizations to address a common public health problem adversely impacting teens

    Enhanced coordination among the local health department and the local school district to leverage resources as a mechanism to achieve health and academic goals of students

  • What We DidMethods & Approaches (contd)Complied health data from the school-based health centers, physical education activity data from the school district and geographic recreation service delivery data from the Citys Recreation Department

    Assisted in the development and submission of a Michigan collaborative grant application

    Participated in the development of a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) for the Detroit Public School District

    The SMART initiative will be implemented more effectively with the infrastructure of CSHP

  • What We DidInventory of Programs, Services and SupportsFaith Based Initiatives Parks & RecreationsProject FRESHEFNEPMall-walking Programs

    MDCH Cardiovascular Health ProgramGovernors Council on Physical Fitness and Health SportsMoTown in MotionAfrican American Health Initiative

  • SMART

    RESULTS

  • What We FoundResults: Schools Critical RoleKey environment identified in U.S. Surgeon Generals reportPotential significant influencing powerExtraordinary opportunity to guide and shape healthy eating and physical activity habitsKey link to parents and communityGrowing trend: commercial interests target schools and compete with healthy choices, i.e., vending machines

  • What We FoundResults Youth Risk Behavior Survey

    Students Eating Habits (9 - 12th graders) Physical Education in Schools Self Reports of Students Weight

    School Based Health Center Dat

    Random Sample Student Chart Review Heights & Weights

    Community / Recreational Data

    Recommended Time Allotment for Students Physical Education

  • What We FoundResults: Recreational/Non-School Hours Principal Survey

    Elementary(%)Middle(%)High(%)Academic/Tutorial796579Sports588367Recreational38258Computer293325Dance222838Detroit Public Schools, prepared by Moore & Associates, June 2002

  • What We FoundResults: 2001 YRBS Detroit High School Survey

    Percent of students who attended physical education (PE) class dailyGradePercentageNumber9th39.446210th26.647311th25.133112th15.4253

  • What We FoundResults: 2001 YRBS Detroit High School Survey

    Percent of students who watched three or more hours of TV per day on an average school dayGradePercentageNumber9th62.653510th60.352611th59.338112th54.0289

  • Coordinated School Health Program Model

  • What We FoundCoordinated School Health Programs Eight Components

    Health EducationPhysical EducationHealth ServicesFamily / Community InvolvementMental Health ServicesNutrition ServicesHealthy School EnvironmentHealth Promotion for Staff

  • What We FoundAchievement Tied to Good HealthPhysical ActivityImproves self esteemReduces anxiety and stress in teens

    Documented FactsGood health and nourishment enhance performance on cognitive testingImproved tests scores are a result of participation in school breakfast program

  • SMART

    CONCLUSIONS

  • What We Think About What We Found CONCLUSIONSBig picture realized, however, data gaps remain

    Efficient way to leverage existing resources among local governmental entities to ensure program implementation, program operation and program sustainability

    Collaboration is effective

    Collaboration works

    Partners/stakeholders committed

  • What We Think About What We Found C0nclusions (contd)Obesity problem brought to the forefront and able to obtain buy-in from Public Health Director, Public Schools CEO and the Mayor

    The Coordinated School Health Program is a vehicle to address health initiatives, particularly the prevalence of obesity among school age children

  • SMART

    PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS

  • Compelling Message forPublic HealthAdvocacy and resiliency is needed to reverse the obesity epidemic among school age children

    National and local resources are required

    Buy-in of the community; students, parents, private sector, clergy, businesses, media and other stakeholders

  • Compelling Message forPublic Health

    Healthy Youth Make Better Students

    Better Students Make Healthy Communities