The lifestyle of our kids (LOOK) project : outline of methods

Telford, Richard D., Bass, Shona L., Budge, Marc M., Byrne, Donald G., Carlson, John S., Coles, David, Cunningham, Ross B., Daly, Robin M., Dunstan, David W., English, Rowena, Fitzgerald, Robert, Eser, Prisca, Gravenmaker, Karen J., Haynes, Wayne, Hickman, Peter E., Javaid, Ahmed, Jiang, Xiaoli, Lafferty, Tony, McGarth, Mark, Martin, Mary Kay, Naughton, Geraldine A., Potter, Julia M., Potter, Stacey J., Prosser, Laurence, Pyne, David B., Reynolds, Graham J., Saunders, Philo U., Seibel, Markus J., Shaw, Jonathan E, Southcott, Emma, Srikusalanukul, Wichat, Stuckey, Darryl, Telford, Rohan M., Thomas, Kerry, Tallis, Ken and Waring, Paul 2009, The lifestyle of our kids (LOOK) project : outline of methods, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 156-163, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2007.03.009.

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Title The lifestyle of our kids (LOOK) project : outline of methods
Author(s) Telford, Richard D.
Bass, Shona L.
Budge, Marc M.
Byrne, Donald G.
Carlson, John S.
Coles, David
Cunningham, Ross B.
Daly, Robin M.ORCID iD for Daly, Robin M.
Dunstan, David W.
English, Rowena
Fitzgerald, Robert
Eser, Prisca
Gravenmaker, Karen J.
Haynes, Wayne
Hickman, Peter E.
Javaid, Ahmed
Jiang, Xiaoli
Lafferty, Tony
McGarth, Mark
Martin, Mary Kay
Naughton, Geraldine A.
Potter, Julia M.
Potter, Stacey J.
Prosser, Laurence
Pyne, David B.
Reynolds, Graham J.
Saunders, Philo U.
Seibel, Markus J.
Shaw, Jonathan E
Southcott, Emma
Srikusalanukul, Wichat
Stuckey, Darryl
Telford, Rohan M.
Thomas, Kerry
Tallis, Ken
Waring, Paul
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 156
End page 163
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier Australia
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1440-2440
Keyword(s) physical activity
physical education
chronic disease
motor control
body composition
Summary This methods paper outlines the overall design of a community-based multidisciplinary longitudinal study with the intent to stimulate interest and communication from scientists and practitioners studying the role of physical activity in preventive medicine. In adults, lack of regular exercise is a major risk factor in the development of chronic degenerative diseases and is a major contributor to obesity, and now we have evidence that many of our children are not sufficiently active to prevent early symptoms of chronic disease. The lifestyle of our kids (LOOK) study investigates how early physical activity contributes to health and development, utilizing a longitudinal design and a cohort of eight hundred and thirty 7–8-year-old (grade 2) school children followed to age 11–12 years (grade 6), their average family income being very close to that of Australia. We will test two hypotheses, that (a) the quantity and quality of physical activity undertaken by primary school children will influence their psychological and physical health and development; (b) compared with existing practices in primary schools, a physical education program administered by visiting specialists will enhance health and development, and lead to a more positive perception of physical activity. To test the first hypothesis we will monitor all children longitudinally over the 4 years. To test the second we will involve an intervention group of 430 children who receive two 50 min physical education classes every week from visiting specialists and a control group of 400 who continue with their usual primary school physical education with their class-room teachers. At the end of grades 2, 4, and 6 we will measure several areas of health and development including blood risk factors for chronic disease, cardiovascular structure and function, physical fitness, psychological characteristics and perceptions of physical activity, bone structure and strength, motor control, body composition, nutritional intake, influence of teachers and family, and academic performance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2007.03.009
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID NHMRC 425849
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2007, Sports Medicine Australia.
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