Connecting Families and Schools for Healthy Eating Active Living

Connecting Families and Schools for Healthy Eating Active Living

Penn State Outreach along with researchers from Penn State's Colleges of Medicine, Health and Human Development and Agricultural Sciences are building relationships with children and their parents in the Bald Eagle Area School District in hopes of learning more about childhood obesity. The community-based research project is titled "Connecting Families and Schools for Healthy Eating and Active Living." The study has been under way for about two years and the people involved hope that funding will allow them to follow the participants until high school graduation. So far, the children participating in the study have collectively had their body mass index results decrease by more than 10 percent. The numbers are now lower than the state average of nearly 19 percent.