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The Healthy Program 


What is the HEALTHY Study?


The HEALTHY Study is investigating the effectiveness of a school-based program that helps middle school students make healthy diet and physical activity choices.  It is a multi-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health.  The study will enroll 6th graders in the Fall of 2006 and will end when they complete the 8th grade.   



Forty-two middle schools across the United States will participate in the HEALTHY Study including six schools in this area.  Half of the schools will be randomly assigned to a control condition, and the other half to an intervention condition. Students in all six schools will be offered a health screening to help assess their risk of type 2 diabetes.  Students in the intervention schools will receive a school-based program that teaches them to make healthy diet and physical activity choices. Information gained from the HEALTHY Study will help develop effective type 2 diabetes prevention programs for middle school students in the United States.


 Are middle school students at risk for type 2 diabetes?


Yes.  In the United States today more young people than ever before are developing type 2 diabetes.  



Young people have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they:


·    are overweight


·    have a family history of type 2 diabetes


·    are Hispanic, African American, Native American or Asian




Can type 2 diabetes in middle school students be prevented?


This is what the HEALTHY Study is trying to determine.  We believe that changes in eating habits and physical activity will help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.  



WhatÂ?s in the health screening?


Students in the Intervention and Control schools who sign up for the health screening will take part in the health screening at the beginning and the end of the study:


·    have a blood test to find out if they have type 2 diabetes


·    have their height, weight, waist, and blood pressure measured


·    complete a 20-meter shuttle run to find out how strong their heart and lungs are


·    fill out questionnaires about their health and their health behaviors.


The confidential results will be shared only with students and their parents.  Students and their parents can learn a lot about their health from participating in the health screenings. Questionnaire data will also be collected from students in the control schools.  Students can participate in the health screening and questionnaire data collection only if their parents provide written consent and the students provide written assent.




Participating research institutions


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


Oregon Health & Science University



Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


University of California, Irvine


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio




National Institutes of Health



For More Information Please Contact:






Irene Hernandez


Project Director


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio/ Social & Health Research Center


(210) 533-8886 or (210) 364-2604




Irene Hernandez
Project Director
Social & Health Research Center
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
1302 S. St. Mary's
San Antonio, Texas 78210-0122
(210)364-2604 cell
(210)533-4107 fax
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