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Designing and implementing a kindergarten-based, family-involved intervention to prevent obesity in early childhood: the ToyBox-study

Manios, Y., Androutsos, O., Katsarou, C., Iotova, V., Socha, P., Geyer, C., Moreno, L., Koletzko, B., De Bourdeaudhuij, I. and Swinburn, B. 2014, Designing and implementing a kindergarten-based, family-involved intervention to prevent obesity in early childhood: the ToyBox-study, Obesity reviews, vol. 15, no. Supplement 3, pp. 5-13, doi: 10.1111/obr.12175.

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Title Designing and implementing a kindergarten-based, family-involved intervention to prevent obesity in early childhood: the ToyBox-study
Author(s) Manios, Y.
Androutsos, O.
Katsarou, C.
Iotova, V.
Socha, P.
Geyer, C.
Moreno, L.
Koletzko, B.
De Bourdeaudhuij, I.
Swinburn, B.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 15
Issue number Supplement 3
Start page 5
End page 13
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 1467-7881
Keyword(s) design
kindergarten
obesity prevention
preschool children
Summary The development of the ToyBox-intervention was based on the outcomes of the preliminary phase of the ToyBox-study, aiming to identify young children's key behaviours and their determinants related to early childhood obesity. The ToyBox-intervention is a multi-component, kindergarten-based, family-involved intervention with a cluster-randomized design, focusing on the promotion of water consumption, healthy snacking, physical activity and the reduction/ breaking up of sedentary time in preschool children and their families. The intervention was implemented during the academic year 2012–2013 in six European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain. Standardized protocols, methods, tools and material were used in all countries for the implementation of the intervention, as well as for the process, impact, outcome evaluation and the assessment of its cost-effectiveness. A total sample of 7,056 preschool children and their parents/caregivers, stratified by socioeconomic level, provided data during baseline measurements and participated in the intervention. The results of the ToyBox-study are expected to provide a better insight on behaviours associated with early childhood obesity and their determinants and identify effective strategies for its prevention. The aim of the current paper is to describe the design of the ToyBox-intervention and present the characteristics of the study sample as assessed at baseline, prior to the implementation of the intervention.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/obr.12175
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065579

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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