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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).

Intervention Task Force Finding
Behavioral Interventions that Aim to Reduce Recreational Sedentary Screen Time Among Children Recommended
August 2014
School-Based Programs Insufficient Evidence
October 2003
Worksite Programs Recommended
February 2007
Technology-Supported Multicomponent Coaching or Counseling Interventions
To Reduce Weight Recommended
June 2009
To Maintain Weight Loss Recommended
June 2009

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Creating Walkable Communities in Rural North Carolina Adobe PDF File [PDF - 588 kB]
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Evidence-Based Recommendations Get Minnesotans in the Groove Adobe PDF File [PDF - 542 kB]

Investing in Worksite Wellness for Employees Adobe PDF File [PDF - 455 kB]

Maryland Businesses Support Worksite Wellness Effort to Combat Chronic Disease Adobe PDF File [PDF - 571 kB]

Mobilizing Funding Support to Battle Overweight and Obesity Adobe PDF File [PDF - 590 kB]

Planning a Strategy: Changing the Way a County Health Department Addresses Health Conditions Adobe PDF File [PDF - 591 kB]

Putting the Community Guide to Work at Workplaces: Partnering to Reach Employers Adobe PDF File [PDF - 415 kB]

Rural Community Works Together to Stay "Fun and Fit" Adobe PDF File [PDF - 604 kB]

One Pagers

Behavioral Interventions that Aim to Reduce Recreational Sedentary Screen Time Among Children Adobe PDF File [PDF - 264 kB]

Worksite Programs Adobe PDF File [PDF - 353 kB]

Promotional Materials

Community Guide News: Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Behavioral Screen Time Interventions to Prevent Childhood Obesity
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Community Guide News: Worksite Programs Help Employees Lose Weight
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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.