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Development and evaluation of Curtin’s Activity, Food and Attitudes Program – a multi-disciplinary, family-centred, community-based intervention for overweight/obese adolescents

Researchers

Professor Leon Straker, A/Prof Alexandra McManus, A/Prof Deborah Kerr, Dr Melissa Davis, Dr Angela Fielding, Dr. Anne Smith, Emily Ward, Kyla Smith, Catherine Stewart, Mahi Weiss, Dr Rebecca Abbott (University of Queensland), Kim Laird (Princess Margaret Hospital), Prof Moyez Jiwa, Professor Tony Wright, Margo Brewer

Description

Around 25% of Australian adolescents are now overweight or obese and thus at higher risk of current and future physical and mental health problems. Current evidence supports interventions aimed at activity, nutrition and psychosocial behaviours provided to the adolescent and their family within a community context. This project aims to refine, implement and evaluate such a program.

Groups of adolescents and their parents participate in an 8 week program. Twice weekly sessions for adolescents and their parents provide knowledge, skills and support. Adolescents also participate in twice weekly gym sessions. The focus is on changing habits rather than weight loss. Preliminary findings show increases in moderate/vigorous physical activity, decreases in sedentary time, increases in vegetable intake and decreases in fat and sugar intake. Participants report high satisfaction with the program.

Funding

ATN Centre for Metabolic Fitness, Curtin University Internal Research Grant, Faculty of Health Sciences Strategic Grant

Publications

Others

Curtin’s Activity, Food and Attitudes Program (CAFAP) – a multidisciplinary program for overweight and obese adolescents. Presented by Melissa Davis at Curtin Health Interprofessional Education Conference, Perth, August 2009

Allied health students working together for better physical and psychological outcomes for overweight adolescents and their families. Presented by Margo Brewer at All Together Better Health 5 Conference, Sydney, April 2010

Curtin’s Activity, Food and Attitudes Program (CAFAP) – a multidisciplinary, family-centred, community based program for overweight/obese adolescents. Presented by Kyla Smith at WA Chronic Disease Summit, Perth, May 2010

Curtin’s Activity, Food and Attitudes Program (CAFAP) – a multidisciplinary, family-centred, community based program for overweight/obese adolescents. Presented by Alexandra McManus at Asics Conference of Science and Medicine, Port Douglas, November 2010