HealthCorps’ Research Shows How We Deliver Results

Every day HealthCorps works hard to improve the lives of countless teens. At the same time, our researchers are hard at work exploring what we do from a scientific perspective. What works well? How can we improve? Here’s some of what we have discovered over the years:

Increased Fruits & Vegetables Intake Decrease Soda Consumption

Journal of School Health 

Childhood Obesity

Desert Healthcare District Evaluation

6 % increase in HC vs. 4% decrease by control group during the same period.

The Change in “Number of Servings of vegetables Eaten Yesterday” over School Year.

Study conducted in three schools with 147 students in the comparator group and 248 students in the interventional group over the 2013-14 academic school year.

Weight Loss

Benson High School – FIT2LIVE&LEARN HealthCorps Partnership

Average loss of 5 lbs. and 1% body fat in 8 months

Benson High School Case Study conducted by the Benson School District, Portland, OR 2013; Abstract presented at AHA Scientific Session Conference 11.19.14

Increased Water Consumption

Desert Healthcare District Evaluation

18% increase over national average* attributable to a 6% decrease-substitution of water for soda in our students.

Distribution of Daily Beverage Consumption in HealthCorps Schools vs. National Average

*Source: CDC 2010 Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report
Study conducted in three schools with 147 students in the comparator group and 248 students in the interventional group over the 2013-14 academic school year.

Increased Sleep

Desert Healthcare District Evaluation 

By the end of the school year, our students had only decreased their adequate sleep (8+hours per night) by 13.7% as opposed to their peers who had a decrease of 31.5%.

Percentage of student getting at least 8 hours sleep every day at start and end of school year.

Study conducted in three schools with 147 students in the comparator group and 248 students in the interventional group over the 2013-14 academic school year.

Increased Performance

HealthCorps students participating in its partner Teen Battle Chef cooking program:

  • Scored significantly higher on their SATs than their peers: reading (14%); math (9.2%); and writing (22%) than their peers.
  • Attended 9 days more of school than their peers.
  • Efficacy of teen battle chef program to shift the academic performance and health behaviors in NYC high school students by Hyunwoo Park (2014). Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduate school paper.

Learning in Unexpected Places

Active Alliance

Through a partnership with California’s NBA teams — HealthCorps students reported:

  • Learning as much about resilience and nutrition (53%) as physical activity (47%) from professional athletes.
  • Learning what they considered practical life lessons through the resilience stories of professional athletes.
  • Improving their understanding of mental health, nutrition and exercise and their ability to translate that into tangible changes in their lives.
  • Favoring messages pertaining to nutrition over those pertaining to exercise.

Increased Physical Activity & Knowledge of Healthy Behaviors

Childhood Obesity

Physical Activity +36%
Health Knowledge +11%

Decreased Soda Consumption

Childhood Obesity

Declined 0.6 sodas per week or 13%.

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