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Healthy Kids Project


Host Institution
University of Oklahoma (previous center): Prevention Research Center

Health Topics
Obesity & overweight | School health

In a project ongoing for several years, the center’s faculty, staff, and students have screened about 2,000 students in the Anadarko public schools (elementary grades through high school) for height and weight, and calculated their body mass index (BMI). Blood pressure measurements have also been done twice. The school population is more than 60% Native American and about 6% Hispanic. Close to 80% of the students are eligible for low or reduced price lunches. In 2002–2003, half the students were overweight or at risk for overweight. Screening is being repeated in 2005–2006, and researchers will track trends over time to determine if any changes have occurred and how many children and adolescents remain at risk for obesity-related diseases. This information is being shared with parents and school officials. The findings will serve as the basis for developing new physical activity interventions and promoting changes in nutrition.
Research Setting
School or school district | Tribal nation or area
Race or Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native | Hispanic or Latino
No specific focus
Age Group
Children (4-11 years) | Adolescents (12-17 years)
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Principal Investigator
William E Moore

Project Identifier
Core Project (2004-2009)

Funding Source
PRC Program

Project Status
Not active