T. Burrows, PhD, AdvAPD, Senior Lecturer
Pilot intervention in an economically disadvantaged community: The back-to-basics after-school healthy lifestyle program
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Nutrition & Dietetics © 2013 Dietitians Association of Australia
Nutrition & Dietetics
Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 270–277, December 2013
How to Cite
Burrows, T., Bray, J., Morgan, P. J. and Collins, C. (2013), Pilot intervention in an economically disadvantaged community: The back-to-basics after-school healthy lifestyle program. Nutrition & Dietetics, 70: 270–277. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12023
J. Bray, PhD candidate B N&D
P.J. Morgan, PhD, Professor B Education
C. Collins, FDAA, Professor PhD
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 2012
- Hunter Medical Research Institute
- Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation
The objective of the present study was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an after-school obesity prevention strategy for families.
Ten children aged 5–12 years and their parents/guardians from an economically disadvantaged area participated in an after-school healthy lifestyle program, which was run over a school term. It consisted of five face-to-face sessions that were run fortnightly with an additional social barbeque session at program completion.
Feasibility was demonstrated by successful recruitment, retention (80%) and collection of a high percentage of usable data (96% at baseline, 80% at follow up). Acceptability was demonstrated by a session attendance of 83%, 100% positive enjoyment response. There was no significant change in anthropometrics, child or adult fruit and vegetable intake with no or little effect on all other dietary variables.
The present study illustrated an approach to the translation of a program used in an evidence-based efficacious clinical trial into a sustainable community setting.