A Healthy School Start II

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Reference: ISRCTN39690370

Woman and Man

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Background and study aims Chronic diseases constitute the major part of the disease burden worldwide and also in Sweden and early prevention is strongly recommended. There is a lack of universal parental support programmes focusing on a healthy diet and physical activity in children. These factors are important determinants of health and are also strongly influenced by the socioeconomic status of families. Importantly, a broad implementation of the programme may lead to better public health and reduce social inequalities in health. The aim of the current project is to study the effectiveness of a novel theory-based parental support programme targeting children’s dietary habits, physical activity and body weight in low-income areas. Who can participate? All families in these schools with children who are starting school are invited to participate. What does the study involve? The Healthy school start programme will take place in approximately 30 school classes in 3 city districts of Stockholm, Sweden, and will be randomly allocated to intervention (programme group) and control groups The programme consists of three components: 1. Health information material 2. Motivational interviewing (MI) with the parents 3. Teacher-led classroom activities with the children The control groups carry on as usual. Parents and teachers will be offered the programme after the project has finished. The Healthy school start programme has been tested once and preliminary results are positive. Based on these findings we have adjusted the programme and are planning to start a second round of evaluation in three city districts in Stockholm with a high proportion of inhabitants with a low socio-economic background. What are the possible benefits and risks of participating? Participation may lead to better health for the children. There are no risks for the participants taking part in the programme. Where is the study run from? The programme will be led by researchers from Karolinska Institutet. When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for? The study started in December 2012 and will run till December 2013. Who is funding the study? The Public Health Fund, Stockholm County Council is funding the project. Who is the main contact? Dr Gisela Nyberg [email protected]

Inclusion criteria

  • Promotion of diet and physical activity and prevention of overweight and obesity in children