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Scaling up community-based obesity prevention in Australia : background and evaluation design of the health promoting communities : being active eating well initiative

De Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea M., Bolton, Kristy, Haby, Michelle, Kremer, Peter, Gibbs, Lisa, Waters, Elizabeth and Swinburn, Boyd 2010, Scaling up community-based obesity prevention in Australia : background and evaluation design of the health promoting communities : being active eating well initiative, BMC public health, vol. 10, no. 65, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-65.

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Title Scaling up community-based obesity prevention in Australia : background and evaluation design of the health promoting communities : being active eating well initiative
Author(s) De Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea M.
Bolton, KristyORCID iD for Bolton, Kristy orcid.org/0000-0001-6721-4503
Haby, Michelle
Kremer, PeterORCID iD for Kremer, Peter orcid.org/0000-0003-2476-1958
Gibbs, Lisa
Waters, Elizabeth
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 10
Issue number 65
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1471-2458
Summary Background : There is only limited evidence available on how best to prevent childhood obesity and community-based interventions hold promise, as several successful interventions have now been published. The Victorian Government has recently funded six disadvantaged communities across Victoria, Australia for three years to promote healthy eating and physical activity for children, families, and adults in a community-based participatory manner. Five of these intervention communities are situated in Primary Care Partnerships and are the subject of this paper. The interventions will comprise a mixture of capacity-building, environmental, and whole-of-community approaches with targeted and population-level interventions. The specific intervention activities will be determined locally within each community through stakeholder and community consultation. Implementation of the interventions will occur through funded positions in primary care and local government. This paper describes the design of the evaluation of the five primary care partnership-based initiatives in the 'Go for your life' Health Promoting Communities: Being Active Eating Well (HPC:BAEW) initiative.

Methods/Design : A mixed method and multi-level evaluation of the HPC:BAEW initiative will capture process, impact and outcome data and involve both local and state-wide evaluators. There will be a combined analysis across the five community intervention projects with outcomes compared to a comparison group using a cross-sectional, quasi-experimental design. The evaluation will capture process, weight status, socio-demographic, obesity-related behavioral and environmental data in intervention and comparison areas. This will be achieved using document analysis, paper-based questionnaires, interviews and direct measures of weight, height and waist circumference from participants (children, adolescents and adults).

Discussion :
This study will add significant evidence on how to prevent obesity at a population level in disadvantaged and ethnically diverse communities. The outcomes will have direct influence on policy and practice and guide the development and implementation of future obesity prevention efforts in Australia and internationally.
Notes This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-10-65
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, de Silva-Sanigorski et al
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029470

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