Preventing childhood obesity : the sentinel site for obesity prevention in Victoria, Australia

Bell, A. Colin, Simmons, Anne, Sanigorski, Andrea M., Kremer, Peter J. and Swinburn, Boyd A. 2008, Preventing childhood obesity : the sentinel site for obesity prevention in Victoria, Australia, Health promotion international, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 328-336, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dan025.

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Title Preventing childhood obesity : the sentinel site for obesity prevention in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Bell, A. ColinORCID iD for Bell, A. Colin
Simmons, Anne
Sanigorski, Andrea M.
Kremer, Peter J.ORCID iD for Kremer, Peter J.
Swinburn, Boyd A.
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 328
End page 336
Total pages 9
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0957-4824
Keyword(s) childhood
obesity prevention
capacity building
demonstration program
Summary In spite of greater awareness of the need for action to reduce obesity, the evidence on sustainable community approaches to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity is surprisingly sparse. This paper describes the design and methodological components of the Sentinel Site for Obesity Prevention, a demonstration site in the Barwon-South West region of Victoria, Australia, that aims to build the programs, skills and evidence necessary to attenuate and eventually reverse the obesity epidemic in children and adolescents.

The Sentinel Site for Obesity Prevention is based on a partnership between the region's university (Deakin University) and its health, education and local government agencies. The three basic foundations of the Sentinel Site are: multi-strategy, multi-setting interventions; building community capacity; and undertaking program evaluations and population monitoring. Three intervention projects have been supported that cover different age groups (preschool: 2–5 years, primary school: 5–12 years, secondary school: 13–17 years), but that have many characteristics in common including: community participation and ownership of the project; an intervention duration of at least 3 years; and full evaluations with impact (behaviours) and outcome measures (anthropometry) compared with regionally representative comparison populations.

We recommend the Sentinel Site approach to others for successfully building evidence for childhood obesity prevention and stimulating action on reducing the epidemic.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dan025
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Oxford University Press
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