Intervention research

Munch and Move: NSW early childhood program

Evaluation of the NSW Health 'Good for Kids' community-based child obesity prevention program

Collaboration with Sydney South West AHS on the Healthy Beginnings study

Physical Activity in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Collaboration with The Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Program

(Contribution to) PEACH study (Parenting, education and activity for children)

Building solutions for preventing childhood obesity

Clinical Services Audit: Mapping clinical child and adolescent obesity tertiary services throughout Australia

Munch and Move: NSW early childhood program

The Prevention Research Collaboration was contracted to manage the statewide implementation and evaluation of Munch and Move (phase 1, 2007-2009).

Munch and Move is a program to promote health eating, physical activity and limit small screen recreation through formal childcare centres across NSW, with an initial focus on preschools. Commencing in July 2007, the program is funded by the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Advancement in NSW Health, and implemented through Area Health Services, the early childhood sector organisations and the Prevention Research Centres.

Phase 1 of the program was conducted with NSW preschools.

Evaluation of the NSW Health 'Good for Kids' community-based child obesity prevention program

Investigators: Lesley King, Louise Hardy, Karen Webb, Vicki Flood

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The Hunter New England Area Health Service (AHS) is conducting the 'Good for Kids' child obesity prevention program. This is a 5 year (2005-2010) area-wide program with funding of $7.5 million. The evaluation was conducted through collaboration between the Sydney University Prevention Research Collaboration, Hunter New England AHS and NSW Health, with an integrated approach to intervention and evaluation.

The evaluation approach is described in: 'Evaluation at a Glance' [PDF]

Governance of the evaluation is through the Evaluation Management Group, chaired by COO.

COO was specifically involved in:

  • development of an overall evaluation framework and evaluation plan
  • measures of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and related knowledge
  • design and implementation of field survey methods in schools and childcare settings
  • design of process evaluation methods

Collaboration with Sydney South West AHS on the Healthy Beginnings study

Investigators: Li Ming Wen (SSW AHS), Chris Rissel (SSW AHS), Louise Baur (COO) et al.

COO Collaborators: Louise Hardy (COO), Vicki Flood (COO, CPHN)

This NHMRC funded study involved a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a community-based home visiting intervention designed to improve family and behavioural risk factors for childhood overweight and obesity for first-time mothers in the most socially and economically disadvantaged areas of Sydney.

Physical Activity in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Investigators: Louise Hardy, Tony Okely (Child Obesity Research Centre, University of Wollongong)

Associate Investigators: Phillip Pearson, Kim McKeen, Anglee Boyd.

This project was developed in response to data from the NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS), 2004, which found that Middle-Eastern children had higher levels of overweight and obesity and small screen recreation and lower levels of cardiorespiratory endurance and fundamental movement skills. The project was a collaboration between the Child Obesity Research Centre (University of Wollongong), the NSW Department of Education and Training and COO. The project aimed to evaluate the impact and process of the PALDC on selected physical activity-related variables among primary school students in Years 1, 3, and 5 over a one-year period and to document the role the PALDC played in increasing teachers’ understanding of the PDHPE curriculum and of the change process in schools.

The project was extended into high schools and aimed to increase the time students spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during school PE lessons.

Collaboration with The Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Program

Investigators: Josephine Gwynn, John Wiggers, Michael Booth, Wayne Smith.

COO Collaborators: Louise Hardy (COO), Vicki Flood (COO, CPHN)

An NHMRC-funded intervention study to prevent diabetes/obesity in young indigenous people in Newcastle, Tarro and Kempsey. Included investigation to test validity of short questions of physical activity and nutrition.

(Contribution to) PEACH study (Parenting, education and activity for children)

Investigators: A Margarey, L Daniels, L Baur*, K Steinbeck*, M Sawyer, A Hills.
*CIs of Sydney site.

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This is a 2 site randomised controlled trial to test the hypothesis that the addition of a parent skills training program will significantly increase the effectiveness of a diet-activity program designed to reduce weight in overweight 6 to 9 year-olds.

COO made a small funding contribution to support the running of the study in the Sydney site.

Building solutions for preventing childhood obesity

The Prevention Research Collaboration developed a set of resources that provided up-to-date and solution-oriented information to guide the development and implementation of child obesity prevention strategies in NSW. This series of modules synthesised recent evidence of the effectiveness of interventions for preventing weight gain and promoting healthy weight among children and adolescents. The modules were designed to meet the needs of relevant policy-makers, government agencies, area health service workers, non-government and community organisations, and health practitioners.

These modules, collectively named Building solutions for preventing childhood obesity, cover the following topics:

Overview Module
Interventions to promote consumption of water and reduce consumption of sugary drinks
Interventions to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables
Interventions to reduce consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods
Interventions to promote eating breakfast
Interventions to promote physical activity in children (aged 5 to 12 years)
Interventions to increase physical activity in adolescents
Interventions to reduce sedentary behaviours

Overview Module [PDF]

Module 1: Interventions to promote consumption of water and reduce consumption of sugary drinks [PDF]

Module 2: Interventions to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables [PDF]

Module 3: Interventions to reduce consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods [PDF]

Module 4: Interventions to promote eating breakfast [PDF]

Module 5: Interventions to promote physical activity in children (aged 5 to 12 years) [PDF]

Module 6: Interventions to increase physical activity in adolescents [PDF]

Module 7: Interventions to reduce sedentary behaviours [PDF]

Clinical Services Audit: Mapping clinical child and adolescent obesity tertiary services throughout Australia

Investigators: Pam Spilchak, Dr Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, Professor Louise Baur, Lesley King

COO conducted a survey of paediatric clinical obesity services in Australia on behalf of the Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) in 2006.

Publication:
Spilchak PJ, Denney-Wilson E, King L, Baur LA. (2008) Tertiary paediatric obesity services in Australia. J Paed & Child Health 44(5): 243-247