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Capstone Chair: Dr. Rickie Brawer, Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University


Understanding the concept of energy balance (i.e., calories in = calories out) forms the basis of how to maintain a healthy weight through diet and physical activity. There is limited evidence that an energy balance-focused SNAP-Ed nutrition education program effectively impacts the energy balance knowledge (EBK) and behaviors of Philadelphia middle school students, and how those behaviors affect body mass index (BMI). This study aimed to further understand how low-income urban adolescents’ basic knowledge of metabolic energy balance is associated with their health behaviors, and how such behaviors are linked to weight status. A secondary data analysis was conducted using data from the School District of Philadelphia to examine relationships between students’ energy balance knowledge levels and energy balance behaviors, and their behaviors and BMI. Students’ baseline EBK level was negatively associated with SSB consumption (p

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