School Intervention With Daily Physical Activity and Healthy Food for Students With an Intellectual Disability.

Lifestyle Related Health and Health Promoting Activities for Youths With Intellectual Disabilities


Lead Sponsor: Karolinska Institutet

Collaborator: Stockholm County Council, Sweden
City of Stockholm Competence Fund
Lindeparkens upper secondary school for intellectual disability students
Mälardalen University
Health Care Sciences Postgraduate School at the Karolinska Institutet

Source Karolinska Institutet
Brief Summary

A whole of school intervention with daily physical activity and healthy food for students with intellectual disabilities. The aim is to provide plenty of concrete examples of healthy life style choices and using school personnel and peers as role models. This will presumably result in healthier weight, better fitness and not least in new familiar healthy habits.

Detailed Description

Youth with an intellectual disability are reported more sedentary and more often overweight than non intellectual disability youth. Cardio metabolic risk factors are observed more frequent and at an earlier age among young people with intellectual disability. The school reaches all students and they spend the main part of their day in the school milieu hence examples of healthy lifestyle can be provided there.

This intervention increased physical activity with daily scheduled physical activity. At least one lesson each week was at the gym. Food provided in the school environment was considered from content of sugar and fat and ónly healthy food choices was available at school. This included all school activities, both in the school area and on school activities out in the community. It included home economic lessons as well as the school cafeterias supply and school lunch content.

To increase vegetable intake a special designed plate was used for lunch according the "plate model". In addition, the plate model was one theme during art class.

Overall Status Completed
Start Date March 2004
Completion Date June 2010
Primary Completion Date June 2007
Phase N/A
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Decrease in cardio metabolic risk factors 2 years
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Increase in physical fitness 2 years
Increased vegetable intake at least 1 year
Enrollment 145

Intervention Type: Behavioral

Intervention Name: Healthier, Smarter, Happier

Description: Increased physical activity and decreased sugar and fat intake during school hours

Arm Group Label: Healthy lifestyle habits



Inclusion Criteria:

- mild/moderate intellectual disability

- students at the upper secondary schools for intellectual disability students

Exclusion Criteria:

- severe intellectual disability

- obesity related syndromes

- major physical disabilities

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 16 Years

Maximum Age: 22 Years

Healthy Volunteers: No

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Claude Marcus, Professor Principal Investigator Karolinska Institutet
Facility: Karolinska Institutet, Department of clinical science, intervention and technology. Division of pediatrics, B62
Location Countries


Verification Date

February 2011

Responsible Party

Name Title: Claude Marcus

Organization: Karolinska Institutet

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 1
Arm Group

Label: Healthy lifestyle habits

Type: Experimental

Description: Increased physical activity and healthy food with decreased sugar and fat content

Study Design Info

Allocation: Non-Randomized

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment

Primary Purpose: Prevention

Masking: None (Open Label)