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Evaluation of implementation and effect of primary school based intervention to reduce risk factors for obesity

Sahota, P., Rudolf, M.C.J., Dixey, R., Hill, A.J., Barth, J.H. and Cade, J. (2001) Evaluation of implementation and effect of primary school based intervention to reduce risk factors for obesity. BMJ, 323 (7320). pp. 1027-1029. ISSN 0959-8138

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OBJECTIVES: To implement a school based health promotion programme aimed at reducing risk factors for obesity and to evaluate the implementation process and its effect on the school. DESIGN: Data from 10 schools participating in a group randomised controlled crossover trial were pooled and analysed.

SETTING: 10 primary schools in Leeds. Participants 634 children (350 boys and 284 girls) aged 7­11 years.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Response rates to questionnaires, teachers' evaluation of training and input, success of school action plans, content of school meals, and children's knowledge of healthy living and self reported behaviour.

RESULTS: All 10 schools participated throughout the study. 76 (89%) of the action points determined by schools in their school action plans were achieved, along with positive changes in school meals. A high level of support for nutrition education and promotion of physical activity was expressed by both teachers and parents. 410 (64%) parents responded to the questionnaire concerning changes they would like to see implemented in school. 19 out of 20 teachers attended the training, and all reported satisfaction with the training, resources, and support. Intervention children showed a higher score for knowledge, attitudes, and self reported behaviour for healthy eating and physical activity.

CONCLUSION: This programme was successfully implemented and produced changes at school level that tackled risk factors for obesity.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © BMJ 2001
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (Leeds) > Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 18:12
Published Version: http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7320/1027
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1136/bmj.323.7320.1027
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/156

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