Principal Investigators: Elaine A. Borawski, PhD, Shirley S. Moore, PhD (Co-PIs)
IMPACT is a three-year intervention program that is working to help Cleveland families improve their health with a focus on nutrition, physical activity and sleep.
Rising 6th grade students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (who meet the study criteria) and their families are invited to participate in the program. The goal is to recruit a minimum of 360 families.
The families are randomly assigned to one of three intervention approaches: SystemCHANGE, HealthyCHANGE, and Tools 4 Change. Half of the participants were enrolled during the 2012-2013 school year; the other half in the 2013-2014 school year. Approximately half of the youth are also enrolled in a K-8 school that participates in the We Run This City Youth Marathon Program, a study-enriched youth fitness program (i.e., navigators that support the students, coach and the team).
The interventions run for a full 3 years, with mediator, moderator and outcome assessments conducted baseline and at 12, 24 and 36 months after randomization.
The primary aim of the study is to compare the effects of the three different family-based behavioral interventions on the change in BMI over the 36 month intervention period,and to assess the additive value of an enriched school environment.
To hear more about the IMPACT study, watch the video below!