Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Cassandra Taylor


Obesity increases asthma severity and is costing the health care industry a significant amount of money. Decreasing adolescents' obesity will decrease the risk for chronic health problems, which can have a significant impact in adulthood. Implementing a school-based health education program can decrease the prevalence of obesity amongst adolescents. This program will be implemented by school nurses in the after-school program at Public School 59 (P.S) in New York City. The purpose of this project is to develop adolescents' school-based obesity prevention policies and documentation which will focus on increasing their nutrition education, increasing physical activities, and providing skills to maintain behavior changes. The goal of this program is to decrease the incidence of obesity among adolescents and reduce the economic cost associated with obesity. The program was planned to use the trans-theoretical model to assess adolescents' readiness for behavior changes. The logic model tool will be used to evaluate relationship between resources and the activities for health education program. Adolescents' height and body weight will be measured and BMI will be assessed using Centers for Disease Prevention Control Pediatric Growth Chart. A posttest will be given after the 14 weeks to assess adolescents' knowledge about nutrition and increase physical activity. Adolescents will also be asked to discuss the skills they developed to maintain these behavior changes. School nurses will review formative evaluations and will provide information for stakeholders. Implementation of the structured nutrition education and increase physical education program is hypothesized to decrease obesity amongst adolescents.