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Evaluation of the childhood obesity prevention program kids - go for your life

De Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea M, Prosser, Lauren, Carpenter, Lauren, Honisett, Suzy, Gibbs, Lisa, Moodie, Marj, Sheppard, Lauren, Swinburn, Boyd and Waters, Elizabeth 2010, Evaluation of the childhood obesity prevention program kids - go for your life, BMC Public Health, vol. 10, no. 288, pp. 1-8.

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Title Evaluation of the childhood obesity prevention program kids - go for your life
Author(s) De Silva-Sanigorski, Andrea M
Prosser, Lauren
Carpenter, Lauren
Honisett, Suzy
Gibbs, Lisa
Moodie, MarjORCID iD for Moodie, Marj orcid.org/0000-0001-6890-5250
Sheppard, Lauren
Swinburn, Boyd
Waters, Elizabeth
Journal name BMC Public Health
Volume number 10
Issue number 288
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1471-2458
Summary Background
Kids - 'Go for your life' (K-GFYL) is an award-based health promotion program being implemented across Victoria, Australia. The program aims to reduce the risk of childhood obesity by improving the socio-cultural, policy and physical environments in children's care and educational settings. Membership of the K-GFYL program is open to all primary and pre-schools and early childhood services across the State. Once in the program, member schools and services are centrally supported to undertake the health promotion (intervention) activities. Once the K-GFYL program 'criteria' are reached the school/service is assessed and 'awarded'. This paper describes the design of the evaluation of the statewide K-GFYL intervention program.

Methods/Design
The evaluation is mixed method and cross sectional and aims to:
1) Determine if K-GFYL award status is associated with more health promoting environments in schools/services compared to those who are members only;
2) Determine if children attending K-GFYL award schools/services have higher levels of healthy eating and physical activity-related behaviors compared to those who are members only;
3) Examine the barriers to implementing and achieving the K-GFYL award; and
4) Determine the economic cost of implementing K-GFYL in primary schools
Parent surveys will capture information about the home environment and child dietary and physical activity-related behaviors. Environmental questionnaires in early childhood settings and schools will capture information on the physical activity and nutrition environment and current health promotion activities. Lunchbox surveys and a set of open-ended questions for kindergarten parents will provide additional data. Resource use associated with the intervention activities will be collected from primary schools for cost analysis.

Discussion

The K-GFYL award program is a community-wide intervention that requires a comprehensive, multi-level evaluation. The evaluation design is constrained by the lack of a non-K-GFYL control group, short time frames and delayed funding of this large scale evaluation across all intervention settings. However, despite this, the evaluation will generate valuable evidence about the utility of a community-wide environmental approach to preventing childhood obesity which will inform future public health policies and health promotion programs internationally.

Trial Registration
ACTRN12609001075279
Notes This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the attached BioMed Central License. See attached license for details.”
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, de Silva-Sanigorski et al
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Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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