School-based Obesity Intervention Recommended by Community Preventative Services Task Force (CPSTF)

The Community Preventative Services Task Force (CPSTF) was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 1996 to develop guidance on which community-based health promotion and disease prevention intervention approaches have the most effectiveness based on available scientific evidence (The Community Guide, 2019). The findings of the CPSTF are listed within The Community Guide.

Based on a review of 21 systematic studies conducted between January 1990 – June 2017, the CPSTF is recommending school-based intervention approaches that combine meal or fruit and vegetable snack interventions with physical activity interventions. The review shows that combined interventions increase physical activity, modestly increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and decrease the prevalence of overweight and obesity among elementary school students up to and including sixth grade (Community Preventative Services Task Force, 2018).

Click here to read about the systematic review and findings:



The Community Guide. (2019, March, 12). Retrieved from

Community Preventative Services Task Force. (2018, April). Obesity Prevention and Control: Meal or Fruit and Vegetable Snack Interventions Combined With Physical Activity Interventions in Schools. Retrieved from