Adolescent overweight and obesity have increased dramatically in the past several decades.
High schools are well-positioned to deliver weight loss treatment to overweight and obese
adolescents, as they have the facilities and staff to deliver a physical activity program,
school nurses with the skills to provide counseling, and are easily accessible by
adolescents. This exploratory study will test the feasibility and ability of a school-based
intervention, consisting of school nurse counseling and a school-based exercise program, to
reduce BMI and improve dietary quality, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors in
overweight and obese adolescents. If effective, this could prove to be a cost-effective and
relatively easy intervention to disseminate widely for significant public health impact.