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The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.


Obesity Prevention and Control: Interventions in Community Settings

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Reviewed interventions include programs designed to reduce screen time, technology-based strategies, and interventions specific to worksite and school settings.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review, and where available, Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs).

Interventions to Reduce Screen Time (e.g., time in front of a TV, computer monitor)
Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Screen Time Recommended
January 2008
Mass Media Interventions to Reduce Screen Time Insufficient Evidence
January 2008
Technology-Supported Interventions (e.g., computer or web applications)
Multicomponent Coaching or Counseling Interventions:
To Reduce Weight Recommended
June 2009
To Maintain Weight Loss Recommended
June 2009
Interventions in Specific Settings
Worksite Programs Recommended
February 2007
School-Based Programs Insufficient Evidence
October 2003


The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation:
Guide to Community Preventive Services.  Obesity prevention and control: interventions in community settings. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.