The healthy eating, active living (HEAL) study: outcomes, lessons learnt and future recommendations

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Cox, Rachael, Skouteris, Helen, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Watson, Brittany E., Jones, Amanda, Omerogullari, Stella, Stanton, Kelly, Bromfield, Leah and Hardy, Louise. (2017). The healthy eating, active living (HEAL) study: outcomes, lessons learnt and future recommendations. Child Abuse Review. 26(3), pp. 196 - 214. https://doi.org/10.1002/car.2442
AuthorsCox, Rachael, Skouteris, Helen, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Watson, Brittany E., Jones, Amanda, Omerogullari, Stella, Stanton, Kelly, Bromfield, Leah and Hardy, Louise
Abstract

Internationally, there are few interventions that promote healthy lifestyles in the outof-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 selfreported 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.

Year2017
JournalChild Abuse Review
Journal citation26 (3), pp. 196 - 214
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN0952-9136
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/car.2442
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85010647543
Page range196 - 214
Research GroupInstitute for Health and Ageing
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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