Peer Review Publications
The Healthy Study Group
The National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded 7 field sites to conduct a randomized, cluster-design study in 42 schools. Schools were the unit for randomization, intervention, and analysis. To be included in the study, at least 50% of the children in the school had to be eligible for federally subsidized, free or reduced-price meals or at least 50% of its students had to be African American or Hispanic. African American and Hispanic children of lower socioeconomic status were oversampled, given the fact that these children are at a high risk for both obesity and type 2 diabetes. The purpose of the HEALTHY study was to evaluate the effects of a 3-year, multicomponent, school-based program on risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The journal article “A School-Based Intervention for Diabetes Risk Reduction” describes the major outcomes among more than 4600 children who were followed from 6th grade through 8th grade.
In response to increasing rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children, the Blake, Kymberly and George Rapier lll Lead Unitrust charitable foundation (BKGR) and WellMed Medical Management funded the Proyecto Bienestar South San Antonio (PBSSA): Translating Knowledge and Experience into Practice for three school years beginning 2008 through 2011. The Study evaluated the program’s impact through the implementation of the Bienestar/NEEMA coordinated school health program. The Social and Health Research Center (SHRC) in San Antonio, Texas is the coordinating center.