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Healthy together Victoria and childhood obesity-a methodology for measuring changes in childhood obesity in response to a community-based, whole of system cluster randomized control trial

Strugnell, Claudia, Millar, Lynne, Churchill, Andrew, Jacka, Felice, Bell, Colin, Malakellis, Mary, Swinburn, Boyd and Allender, Steve 2016, Healthy together Victoria and childhood obesity-a methodology for measuring changes in childhood obesity in response to a community-based, whole of system cluster randomized control trial, Archives of public health, vol. 74, Article Number : 16, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1186/s13690-016-0127-y.

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Title Healthy together Victoria and childhood obesity-a methodology for measuring changes in childhood obesity in response to a community-based, whole of system cluster randomized control trial
Author(s) Strugnell, Claudia
Millar, Lynne
Churchill, Andrew
Jacka, FeliceORCID iD for Jacka, Felice orcid.org/0000-0002-9825-0328
Bell, ColinORCID iD for Bell, Colin orcid.org/0000-0003-2731-9858
Malakellis, Mary
Swinburn, Boyd
Allender, Steve
Journal name Archives of public health
Volume number 74
Season Article Number : 16
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0778-7367
Keyword(s) Community-based interventions
Evaluation
Systems
Summary BACKGROUND: Healthy Together Victoria (HTV) - a complex 'whole of system' intervention, including an embedded cluster randomized control trial, to reduce chronic disease by addressing risk factors (physical inactivity, poor diet quality, smoking and harmful alcohol use) among children and adults in selected communities in Victoria, Australia (Healthy Together Communities).

OBJECTIVES: To describe the methodology for: 1) assessing changes in the prevalence of measured childhood obesity and associated risks between primary and secondary school students in HTV communities, compared with comparison communities; and 2) assessing community-level system changes that influence childhood obesity in HTC and comparison communities.

METHODS: Twenty-four geographically bounded areas were randomized to either prevention or comparison (2012). A repeat cross-sectional study utilising opt-out consent will collect objectively measured height, weight, waist and self-reported behavioral data among primary [Grade 4 (aged 9-10y) and Grade 6 (aged 11-12y)] and secondary [Grade 8 (aged 13-14y) and Grade 10 (aged 15-16y)] school students (2014 to 2018). Relationships between measured childhood obesity and system causes, as defined in the Foresight obesity systems map, will be assessed using a range of routine and customised data.

CONCLUSION: This research methodology describes the beginnings of a state-wide childhood obesity monitoring system that can evolve to regularly inform progress on reducing obesity, and situate these changes in the context of broader community-level system change.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s13690-016-0127-y
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083122

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