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The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) study: outcomes, lessons learnt and future recommendations

Cox, Rachael, Skouteris, Helen, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Watson, Brittany, Jones, AD, Omerogullari, S, Stanton, K, Bromfield, L and Hardy, LL 2017, The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) study: outcomes, lessons learnt and future recommendations, Child abuse review, vol. 26, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.1002/car.2442.

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Title The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) study: outcomes, lessons learnt and future recommendations
Author(s) Cox, Rachael
Skouteris, Helen
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
Watson, Brittany
Jones, AD
Omerogullari, S
Stanton, K
Bromfield, L
Hardy, LL
Journal name Child abuse review
Volume number 26
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2017-01
ISSN 0952-9136
Keyword(s) out-of-home care
young people
healthy eating
physical activity
Social Sciences
Family Studies
Social Work
healthy eating and physical activity
Summary Internationally, there are few interventions that promote healthy lifestyles in the out-of-home care (OOHC) sector. The aim of this quantitative study was to measure the efficacy of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) programme for young people who live in residential OOHC and their carers. Seventy young people and 177 carers were recruited between August 2012 and October 2014 from 48 residential care units across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, Australia. The HEAL programme included educational sessions for young people, and professional development for carers to foster healthy eating and physical activity. Young people and carers completed questionnaires measuring behavioural, psychosocial and motivational outcomes. Objective measures of height and weight were collected for young people and self-reported by carers. The findings revealed no evidence for the efficacy of the HEAL intervention for either young people or carers. The most likely explanation for the null result was difficulties associated with: (1) collecting quantitative data for evaluative purposes in vulnerable populations (particularly the impact of attrition on statistical power); and (2) implementing interventions in complex environments. We conclude with a summary of lessons learnt and recommendations for future research in this unique setting.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/car.2442
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID LP120100605
Copyright notice ©2017, John Wiley & Sons
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