Development of a Youth Healthy Living Program With Underserved Adolescents at Rochester Alternative Learning Center


About this study

Approximately one third of the children and adolescents in the United States are either overweight or obese. Childhood obesity disproportionately affects specific racial and ethnic groups and households with low socioeconomic status and low parental education. The Alternative Learning Center (ALC) within Rochester School District 535 provides viable educational options for students who are experiencing difficulty in regular educational systems. A greater proportion of students at ALC are minorities, qualify for free and reduced lunch and receive special education services. These children are likely to have unique barriers to physical activity and healthy eating.

Specific Aims:

Aim 1: Examine the association between BMI and ethnic/ socioeconomic variables and behaviors related to physical activity and eating in ALC students.

Aim 2: Develop an age and culturally appropriate on-site program that promotes healthy lifestyle.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Rochester Alternative Learning Center students ages 12 years to 20 years
  • Parents/guardians of ALC students
  • ALC staff.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Inability to assent or consent to participate in the study.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Seema Kumar, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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