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Establishing a sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in regional Victoria

Crooks, Nicholas, Strugnell, Claudia, Bell, Colin and Allender, Steve 2016, Establishing a sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in regional Victoria, Health promotion journal of Australia, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1071/HE16020.

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Title Establishing a sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in regional Victoria
Author(s) Crooks, Nicholas
Strugnell, Claudia
Bell, ColinORCID iD for Bell, Colin
Allender, Steve
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2016-12-19
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) children
community development
measurement development
obesity prevention
population health
quantitative methods
Summary Issue addressed: Childhood obesity poses a significant immediate and long-term burden to individuals, societies and healthsystems. Infrequent and inadequate monitoring has led to uncertainty about trends in childhood obesity prevalence in manycountries. High-quality data, collected at regular intervals, over extended timeframes, with high response rates and timely feedbackare essential to support prevention efforts. Our aim was to establish a sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in regionalAustralia to collect accurate anthropometric and behavioural data, provide timely feedback to communities and build communityengagement and capacity.Methods: All schools from six government regions of South-West Victoria were invited to participate. Passive (opt-out) consent wasused to collect measured anthropometric and self-reported behavioural data from children in years 2, 4, and 6, aged 7–12 years.Results: We achieved a 70% school participation rate (n = 46) and a 93% student response rate (n = 2198) among government andindependent schools. Results were reported within 10 weeks post data collection. Harnessing high levels of communityengagement throughout the planning, data collection and reporting phases increased community capacity and data utility.Conclusions: The monitoring system achieved high response rates, community engagement and community capacity building,and delivered results back to the community in a timely manner.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1071/HE16020
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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