Over one-third of U.S. adults (~36%) and approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 (17%) are obese. Obesity increases the risk of many chronic health conditions in adulthood, including coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high total cholesterol, certain cancers, liver and gallbladder disease, and sleep apnea. Medical care costs related to obesity for U.S. adults were estimated at $147 billion in 2008. American society has become characterized by lifestyles and environments that promote physical inactivity and increased consumption of less-healthy food. Maintaining a healthy weight decreases an individual’s risk of developing endometrial (uterine), breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers in adulthood.
The Bright Bodies Weight Management Program, based on the Smart Moves curriculum and model, was developed to promote healthy attitudes and behaviors in adolescents by combining nutrition education, exercise, and behavior modification. Studies have shown significant decreases in body weight, BMI, and percent body fat, amongst other measures, in obese youth.
We encourage you to visit the RTIPs website to view the full program summary and scoring for this program and to download related publications and program materials. We're here to help! If you're considering implementing this program in your primary care setting and have questions about the program components or how best to adapt, implement, and evaluate it for your specific population and setting, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Savoye-DeSanti. Simply post your questions/comments below. We look forward to learning about your experiences in the field and sharing those insights with other R2R community members.