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ISRN Education
Volume 2012, Article ID 534085, 9 pages
Research Article

Modifying the Diabetes Prevention Program to Adolescents in a School Setting: A Feasibility Study

1School of Nursing, University of Nevada, 4505 Maryland Parkway, P.O. Box 453018, Las Vegas, NV 89154-3018, USA
2Department of Kinesiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154, USA
3Department of Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154, USA

Received 21 December 2011; Accepted 18 January 2012

Academic Editors: P. Farrand and F. Jimenez

Copyright © 2012 Lori L. Candela et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The growing epidemic of overweight children has led to a higher prevalence of youth being diagnosed with diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. The current study modified the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for use with 7th–10th graders in a school setting. The DPP is an evidence-based lifestyle intervention program that has been translated successfully in various adult settings. Yet the feasibility of modifying the DPP for use with middle and high school students has not been documented. A multidisciplinary university research team collaborated with a local charter school to include a modified DPP as part of the curriculum for one semester. Pre- and posttests included food knowledge, health locus of control, BMI, and performance on the 12-minute Cooper walk/run test. Findings suggest tentatively that the modified DPP was successful at increasing food knowledge and awareness of more rigorous physical activity as well as their association to improved health outcomes. Equally as important, results demonstrate that it is feasible to conduct interventions targeting healthy weight among adolescents in school-based settings by incorporating them in the curriculum.