Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition childhood obesity
Treatments smartmeal application, distributed points of sale, staff wellness curriculum
Sponsor University of California, Berkeley
Collaborator University of California
Start date March 2015
End date June 2017
Trial size 14520 participants
Trial identifier NCT02467816, 2014-12-7010

Summary

This study will evaluate an innovative school lunch intervention that is designed to increase school meal participation and improve dietary intake among middle and high school students.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Experimental)
Intervention schools (6 middle and 6 high) will receive the complete school lunch intervention for two school years.
smartmeal application
The SmartMeal application is a smartphone application that will allow students to pre-order school meals, receive nutrition information about school meals, and provide feedback about school meals to Student Nutrition Services.
distributed points of sale
To increase points of sale for school meals (outside the cafeteria), school meals will be sold at hot and cold mobile food carts and vending machines throughout the school.
staff wellness curriculum
A wellness curriculum will be implemented that encourages teachers and staff members to eat school meals and promote them to students.
(No Intervention)
Control schools (6 middle and 6 high) will not receive the school lunch intervention for two school years. Lunch delivery will proceed as normal.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Change in school lunch participation
time frame: 2 years

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Change in plate waste during lunch among students who eat school lunch
time frame: 2 school years
Change in fruit and vegetable consumption at lunch and daily
time frame: 2 school years
Change in variety of fruits and vegetables consumed by students at lunch and daily
time frame: 2 school years
Change in body mass index (index)
time frame: 2 school years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - All 7th-10th grade students at participating schools are eligible to participate in the student survey - All 6th-12th grade students who eat the school lunch are eligible to participate in plate waste data collection - All 7th-10th grade teachers are eligible to participate in the teacher survey Exclusion Criteria: - There are no exclusion criteria

Additional Information

Official title Technology and Design Innovation to Support 21st Century School Nutrition
Principal investigator Kristine A Madsen, MD MPH
Description Improving dietary intake among low-income youth is critical to reducing obesity, and schools are arguably the most important system in which to intervene. In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to better align school meal standards with the Dietary Guidelines, making school meals a nutritious option for students. Increasing participation in the school meal program, therefore, especially among low-income youth, has the potential to improve dietary intake among students and ultimately reduce childhood obesity. Over three school years, the University of California (Berkeley's School of Public Health and the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Nutrition Policy Institute) will evaluate an innovative, student-centered school-lunch intervention to increase school lunch participation and improve dietary intake among low-income middle and high school students. The project will be conducted in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), a large and diverse urban district serving over 32,000 students (70% of total) eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The intervention, developed in partnership with the global design firm IDEO, aims to promote healthier habits by leveraging principals of behavior economics. The intervention involves the following three components: 1) a smartphone application (SmartMeal) that allows students to pre-order school lunches, receive nutrition information about school lunch options, and provide feedback about meals to food service staff, 2) distributed points of sale for school meals, achieved through the addition of mobile food carts and vending machines, and 3) a staff wellness curriculum that encourages staff to promote school meals and model healthful eating behaviors to students.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of California, Berkeley.