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Rationale, design and methods of the HEALTHY study physical education intervention component.

The HEALTHY primary prevention trial was designed to reduce risk factors for type 2 diabetes in middle school students. Middle schools at seven centers across the United States participated in the 3-year study. Half of them were randomized to receive a multi-component intervention. The intervention integrated nutrition, physical education (PE) and behavior changes with a communications strategy of promotional and educational materials and activities. The PE intervention component was developed over a series of pilot studies to maximize student participation and the time (in minutes) spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), while meeting state-mandated PE guidelines. The goal of the PE intervention component was to achieve > or =150 min of MVPA in PE classes every 10 school days with the expectation that it would provide a direct effect on adiposity and insulin resistance, subsequently reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes in youth. The PE intervention component curriculum used standard lesson plans to provide a comprehensive approach to middle school PE. Equipment and PE teacher assistants were provided for each school. An expert in PE at each center trained the PE teachers and assistants, monitored delivery of the intervention and provided ongoing feedback and guidance.

Pubmed ID: 19623187


  • McMurray RG
  • Bassin S
  • Jago R
  • Bruecker S
  • Moe EL
  • Murray T
  • Mazzuto SL
  • Volpe SL
  • HEALTHY Study Group


International journal of obesity (2005)

Publication Data

August 22, 2009

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: U01 DK061230
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: U01 DK061230-08
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: U01-DK61223
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: U01-DK61230
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: U01-DK61231
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: U01-DK61249

Mesh Terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Curriculum
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Obesity
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Physical Fitness
  • Pilot Projects
  • Research Design
  • Risk Factors
  • Schools
  • United States