A Grant Proposal for a School-based Intervention on BMI Z Scores in 5th Grade Students

Pediatric obesity is a rising epidemic in the United States. With the many comorbidities associated with obesity, decreasing obesity in the pediatric population can have positive health outcomes for this population as they age and decrease the potential significant fiscal impact. The purpose of this study is to test the nutritional and physical activity intervention in its ability to lower the BMI z scores of the children participating in the intervention. The proposed intervention uses a 9-week school based curriculum for fifth graders developed by the United States Department of Agriculture and California Department of Education that includes a school garden and running club. A two-tailed paired t-test will be used to analyze pre and post intervention BMI z scores. It is hypothesized that there will be a clinically significant change in BMI z scores of children who receive the educational and physical activity intervention.