Research & Outreach
Students, Nurses and Parents Seeking Health Options Together (SNAPSHOT) Study
Because one in three school-aged children is overweight or obese, a need exists to develop and test school-based programming that aims to prevent progression, and support remission, of childhood obesity. The SNAPSHOT study, led by Nursing Department Chair Martha (Marti) Kubik, is testing a novel elementary school-based, school nurse-led healthy weight management program that intends to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among 8- to 12-year-olds. The study is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health.
The nine-month program engages children and parents and includes
- quarterly parent and child coaching sessions with the school nurse in the home setting.
- a group where children meet after school one to two times per month to make tasty snacks; play fun, active games; and learn about making healthy food and activity choices from the SNAPSHOT comic characters.
- a parent group that meets five times for peer support, feedback and information sharing in a supportive, parent-friendly setting.
To conduct the study, Kubik has partnered with two school districts in metropolitan Minnesota and a multidisciplinary team of research colleagues at the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If it is successful, the SNAPSHOT program will be a new model of obesity prevention with a high potential for dissemination in schools nationwide.