Curbing Summertime Weight Gain Among America’s Youth
Year Published: 2017
Authors: Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago, IL; Nicole Zarrett, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Michael W. Beets, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Author: Georgia Hall, Ph.D., National Institute on Out- of-School Time, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley, MA; Joanna Buscemi, Ph.D., DePaul University, Chicago, IL; Amy Heard, Loyola University, Chicago, IL; and Russell Pate, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
The Society of Behavioral Medicine recommends school officials, community leaders, and legislators adopt policies that enhance youth summer programming to minimize the amount of weight children gain over the summer. Policies should encourage school-community partnerships, family outreach, joint use of facilities, and adherence to healthy eating and physical activity standards. Policies supporting high-quality, affordable summertime programming that leverages existing school and community resources could cost-effectively reverse the obesity epidemic among America's youth.