Document Type

Capstone Experience

Graduation Date


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Promotion

First Committee Member

Dr. Melissa Tibbits

Second Committee Member

Dr. Paul Estabrooks

Third Committee Member

Dr. Fabio Almeida


Adolescent overweight/obesity is an ongoing concern for public health professionals. One out of every five adolescents are overweight, and one out of every three is at risk. Adolescent overweight/obesity is associated with a higher chance of overweight/obesity, premature death, and disability in adulthood. A 2018 systematic review by Moores et al. compared the effectiveness of community-based treatment programs for adolescents (13-17 years) who are overweight and obese by comparing pre-program to post-program changes in weight-related measurements and health-behavior changes. While looking at the effectiveness of a program provides valuable information, other elements (i.e., representativeness of participants, implementation measures such as cost, and the ability to sustain the intervention overtime) should also be incorporated in the evaluation process. Evaluating interventions based on its reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance (RE-AIM) will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the ability to translate the study into a “real-world” setting. Using a RE-AIM coding tool for evaluation, this review expands on previous findings and provides public health professionals, local schools, and health departments with the information that is needed when implementing their own weight loss interventions for adolescents. This systematic literature review evaluated interventions published between January 2016 to December 2021.

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