Evidence-based development of school-based and family-involved prevention of overweight across Europe : the ENERGY-project's design and conceptual framework

Brug, Johannes, te Velde, Saskia J., Chinapaw, Mai J. M., Bere, Elling, de Bourdeauduij, Ilse, Moore, Helen, Maes, Lea, Jensen, Jorgen, Manios, Yannis, Lien, Nanna, Klepp, Knut Inge, Lobstein, Tim, Martens, Marloes, Salmon, Jo and Singh, Amika S. 2010, Evidence-based development of school-based and family-involved prevention of overweight across Europe : the ENERGY-project's design and conceptual framework, BMC public health, vol. 10, no. 276, pp. 1-10.

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Title Evidence-based development of school-based and family-involved prevention of overweight across Europe : the ENERGY-project's design and conceptual framework
Author(s) Brug, Johannes
te Velde, Saskia J.
Chinapaw, Mai J. M.
Bere, Elling
de Bourdeauduij, Ilse
Moore, Helen
Maes, Lea
Jensen, Jorgen
Manios, Yannis
Lien, Nanna
Klepp, Knut Inge
Lobstein, Tim
Martens, Marloes
Salmon, Jo
Singh, Amika S.
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 10
Issue number 276
Start page 1
End page 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1471-2458
Summary Background
There is an urgent need for more carefully developed public health measures in order to curb the obesity epidemic among youth. The overall aim of the "EuropeaN Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth" (ENERGY)-project is the development and formative evaluation of a theory-informed and evidence-based multi-component school-based and family-involved intervention program ready to be implemented and evaluated for effectiveness across Europe. This program aims at promoting the adoption or continuation of health behaviors that contribute to a healthy energy balance among school-aged children. Earlier studies have indicated that school and family environments are key determinants of energy-balance behaviors in schoolchildren. Schools are an important setting for health promotion in this age group, but school-based interventions mostly fail to target and involve the family environment.

Methods

Led by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from eleven European countries and supported by a team of Australian experts, the ENERGY-project is informed by the Environmental Research Framework for Weight gain Prevention, and comprises a comprehensive epidemiological analysis including 1) systematic reviews of the literature, 2) secondary analyses of existing data, 3) focus group research, and 4) a cross European school-based survey.

Results and discussion
The theoretical framework and the epidemiological analysis will subsequently inform stepwise intervention development targeting the most relevant energy balance-related behaviors and their personal, family-environmental and school-environmental determinants applying the Intervention Mapping protocol. The intervention scheme will undergo formative and pilot evaluation in five countries. The results of ENERGY will be disseminated among key stakeholders including researchers, policy makers and the general population.

Conclusions
The ENERGY-project is an international, multidisciplinary effort to develop and test an evidence-based and theory-informed intervention program for obesity prevention among school-aged children.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health 50%
111712 Health Promotion 50%
Socio Economic Objective 920412 and 920501 50% each
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Brug et al
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