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Obesity Prevention and Control: Increasing Water Access Combined with Physical Activity Interventions in Schools


What the CPSTF Found

About The Systematic Review

The CPSTF finding is based on evidence from a systematic review of one study (search period 1990–July 2017).

The systematic review was conducted on behalf of the CPSTF by a team of specialists in systematic review methods, and in research, practice, and policy related to obesity prevention and control.


While there are many approaches available to schools, this CPSTF finding focuses on interventions to increase water access with physical activity interventions. Read a summary of all CPSTF findings for school-based interventions to prevent or control obesity.

Summary of Results

Detailed results from the systematic review are available in the CPSTF Finding and Rationale Statement.

The systematic review included one study.

The single study in this review reported a decrease in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, and an increase in the prevalence of overweight or obese.

Summary of Economic Evidence

An economic review of this intervention was not conducted because the CPSTF did not have enough information to determine if the intervention works.


Applicability of this intervention across different settings and populations was not assessed because the CPSTF did not have enough information to determine if the intervention works.

Evidence Gaps

The CPSTF identified several areas that have limited information. Additional research and evaluation could help answer the following questions and fill remaining gaps in the evidence base. (What are evidence gaps?)

  • Are these interventions effective?
  • Do school-based interventions that increase water consumption also decrease sugar-sweetened beverage consumption?

Study Characteristics

  • The included study was conducted in The Netherlands with students in grades 2 through 7.