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Year Two Evaluation: Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 to Combat Childhood Obesity

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Abstract:

In April 2003, Arkansas Legislative Act 1220 was signed into law by the Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee. This report summarizes results of the second year of evaluation activities. It presents a brief history of the Act and the progress of its implementation is presented, as well as the current findings gleaned from interviews and surveys.



Overall, the report notes that change is beginning to occur among schools and families.



Key Findings:



* Opinions about Act 1220 overall and its individual components continue to be generally positive.
* Parents and adolescents continued to be generally accepting of and comfortable with BMI measurements and reporting in the schools.
* No negative outcomes were found which seemed to be related to BMI measurement.