The HEALTHY study:

  • Was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health with additional support from the American Diabetes Association.
  • Involved a collaborative group of institutions.
  • Was designed to moderate risk factors for type 2 diabetes in adolescents. 
  • Involved 42 middle schools – 21 to receive the HEALTHY intervention program and 21 to act as unaffected controls.
  • Followed students from the start of 6th grade in fall 2006 to the end of 8th grade in spring 2009.
  • Implemented an intervention program that integrated components targeting
  Nutrition (Nut)
  Physical Education (PEd)
  Behavior (Beh)
  Communications & Social Marketing (CSM)


Download the scientific protocol for the HEALTHY study.