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December 19, 2008
Connecticut School Districts to Receive Nutrition Education DVD that Teaches Students to Make Healthful Food Choices
In an attempt to help curb the incidence of childhood obesity, Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and founder of The Turn the Tide Foundation, Inc. will be providing complimentary copies of the Nutrition Detectives™ DVD to all school district Superintendents in Connecticut during the month of March.  Nutrition Detectives™ is a brief, 90-minute, nutrition program designed for elementary school aged children.

December 19, 2008
School Interventions Effective in Childhood Obesity Prevention & Control: Results of a Review and Meta-analysis by Yale Researchers
A team of researchers at Yale University’s Prevention Research Center (PRC), publishing in the current issue the International Journal of Obesity, have shown that interventions in school for obesity prevention and reversal do, in general, exert a beneficial effect.  Over recent years, health professionals have questioned the utility of school-based intervention for obesity control, and the topic has been actively debated at the meetings of The Obesity Society.

November 13, 2008
Can Recess Replace Ritalin?  Preliminary Findings from a Classroom-based Physical Activity Program
Maybe recess can at times substitute for Ritalin, and related medications used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Dr. David Katz, the Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, and founder of the ABC for Fitness ( program has long harangued diverse audiences – up to and including the nation’s governors! – that rambunctiousness in children should be treated with something more like recess, and less like Ritalin.  Katz’ rant on this topic has been inspired by the steady decrease in school-based physical activity and the steady increase in the rate of ADHD over recent years.

October 27, 2008
New Video Education Curriculum Teaches Children To Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Today, Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, announced the addition of a new DVD to his Nutrition Detectives® program, a brief nutrition curriculum designed primarily for elementary schools, and made available to them for free. Through the new DVD, the Nutrition Detectives program is available to teachers in an exciting video format filmed in a “magical” classroom.

February 21, 2008
Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center Partners with The New Haven Public School District to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Diabetes
The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC), an organization that focuses on chronic disease prevention through community-based lifestyle interventions was recently awarded a 2-year $80,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to address childhood obesity and diabetes prevention in New Haven.  The PRC ( is one of 33 CDC-funded prevention research centers nationwide and represents an academic-community partnership dedicated both to methodologically robust research and to linkages with community organizations and State programs.