The Active-Ate Program promotes healthy eating and physical activity to children in primary schools in North Queensland. It has been developed in response to concerns about the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst Australian children and associated chronic disease as an adult. Active-Ate focuses on the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity behaviours and is underpinned by a Health Promoting Schools philosophy. It is inclusive of all school students, not only those who are overweight and is suitable for schools in rural, remote and urban areas.
The Child Health Promotion Research Centre were contracted to conduct an evaluation of this program. Specifically, the evaluation sought to investigate the dissemination and diffusion of the components of the Active-Ate Program and the impact of this program on Year 5 students who attend government and non-government schools in urban and rural Queensland.
The final report provided a detailed explanation of proposed research designs and methodological options as well as costings to measure process, impact and outcome indicators among recipients of the Active-Ate Program. A four group experimental design involving one comparison and three intervention groups was chosen by the TPHU staff to test the effectiveness of the Active-Ate Program and the most effective dissemination mechanisms. Further, to systematically test the process, dissemination and impact objectives of the Active-Ate Program, quantitative self-complete instruments were developed and recommendations made for the pilot testing of these instruments.
Professor Donna Cross
Associate Professor Stacey Waters
Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr Greg Hamilton