Translational Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 912–914 | Cite as

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM supports curbing summertime weight gain among America’s youth

  • Amy Bohnert
  • Nicole Zarrett
  • Michael W. Beets
  • Georgia Hall
  • Joanna Buscemi
  • Amy Heard
  • Russell Pate
Practice and Public Health Policies


The Society of Behavioral Medicine recommends adoption of policies at the district, state, and federal levels that minimize weight gain among youth over the summertime, particularly among low-income, minority school-age youth who appear to be at greater risk. Policies that facilitate (1) partnerships between school districts and community organizations to provide affordable summertime programming, (2) strategic efforts by schools and communities to encourage families to enroll and attend summertime programming via the creation of community-wide summertime offerings offices, (3) adoption of joint-use/shared use agreements in communities to promote use of indoor and outdoor school facilities to provide affordable programming during the summer months, and (4) implementation of strategies that help summer programs achieve the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards which have been endorsed by the Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) coalition. Research is needed to elucidate key mechanisms by which involvement in structured programming may reduce weight gain over the summer months.


Obesity Out-of-school time Summer Youth 



The authors wish to gratefully acknowledge the expert review provided by the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Health Policy Committee, Health Policy Council, and Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group.

Compliance with ethical standards

The findings reported in this manuscript have been previously published as a research brief by the Society of Behavioral Medicine. This manuscript is not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere. The authors did not use any primary data in the creation of this manuscript. All procedures were conducted in accordance with ethical standards.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Bohnert
    • 1
  • Nicole Zarrett
    • 2
  • Michael W. Beets
    • 3
  • Georgia Hall
    • 4
  • Joanna Buscemi
    • 5
  • Amy Heard
    • 1
  • Russell Pate
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  4. 4.Wellesley Centers for WomenNational Institute on Out-of-School TimeWellesleyUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

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