Adoption of obesity prevention policies and practices by Australian primary schools : 2006 to 2013

Nathan,N, Wolfenden,L, Williams,CM, Yoong,SL, Lecathelinais,C, Bell,AC, Wyse,R, Sutherland,R and Wiggers,J 2014, Adoption of obesity prevention policies and practices by Australian primary schools : 2006 to 2013, Health Education Research, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 262-271, doi: 10.1093/her/cyu068.

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Title Adoption of obesity prevention policies and practices by Australian primary schools : 2006 to 2013
Author(s) Nathan,N
Bell,ACORCID iD for Bell,AC
Journal name Health Education Research
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 262
End page 271
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Cary, NC
Publication date 2014-12-16
ISSN 1465-3648
Summary Despite significant investment in many countries, the extent of schools' adoption of obesity prevention policies and practices has not been widely reported. The aims of this article are to describe Australian schools' adoption of healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices over an 8-year period and to determine if their adoption varies according to schools' size, geographic or socio-economic location. Between 2006 and 2013, a representative randomly selected cohort of primary schools (n = 476) in New South Wales, Australia, participated in four telephone interviews. Repeated measures logistic regression analyses using a Generalised Estimating Equation (GEE) framework were undertaken to assess change over time. The prevalence of all four of the healthy eating practices and one physical activity practice significantly increased, while the prevalence of one physical activity practice significantly decreased. The adoption of practices did not differ by school characteristics. Government investment can equitably enhance school adoption of some obesity prevention policies and practices on a jurisdiction-wide basis. Additional and/or different implementation strategies may be required to facilitate greater adoption of physical activity practices. Ongoing monitoring of school adoption of school policies and practices is needed to ensure the intended benefits of government investment are achieved.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/her/cyu068
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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