Evaluation of Project Spraoi: Ireland’s first whole-of-school physical activity, FMS and nutrition intervention aimed at primary school children
ISPAH ePoster Library. Coppinger T. 10/15/18; 225221; 245
Tara Coppinger
Tara Coppinger
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Abstract Background:<\b>
Studies have shown that interventions based on increasing physical activity (PA) levels, reducing sedentary lifestyles and improving nutritional habits all pose protective mechanisms against obesity and its related disorders in youth. Yet, to date, there are no interventions being delivered in Ireland that concurrently target PA (including fundamental movement skills (FMS)), nutritional habits and sedentary time amongst school children. Methods:<\b>
To implement and evaluate Project Spraoi; a whole-of-school intervention that promoted PA (including FMS), health eating and sedentary time in 7 schools across Cork, Ireland. PA and sedentariness (accelerometry), FMS (TGMD-2) nutritional knowledge/behaviours (questionnaire), dietary intake (3 day food diary) body mass index (height, weight), blood pressure and cardiorespiratory fitness (20 metre run) were measured before (2014/15) and after (2015/16) programme completion (24 months). For comparative purposes, scores will be compared to a control group (n=121) who did not participate in the intervention and to counterparts partaking in Project Energize, New Zealand. Results/Conclusions: It is hypothesised that, for the first time in Ireland, evidence will support the delivery of a quality multi-component school-based programme to reduce sedentariness, increase and improve PA, FMS and fitness and promote healthy nutritional habits and a healthier weight status among primary school children.
Abstract Background:<\b>
Studies have shown that interventions based on increasing physical activity (PA) levels, reducing sedentary lifestyles and improving nutritional habits all pose protective mechanisms against obesity and its related disorders in youth. Yet, to date, there are no interventions being delivered in Ireland that concurrently target PA (including fundamental movement skills (FMS)), nutritional habits and sedentary time amongst school children. Methods:<\b>
To implement and evaluate Project Spraoi; a whole-of-school intervention that promoted PA (including FMS), health eating and sedentary time in 7 schools across Cork, Ireland. PA and sedentariness (accelerometry), FMS (TGMD-2) nutritional knowledge/behaviours (questionnaire), dietary intake (3 day food diary) body mass index (height, weight), blood pressure and cardiorespiratory fitness (20 metre run) were measured before (2014/15) and after (2015/16) programme completion (24 months). For comparative purposes, scores will be compared to a control group (n=121) who did not participate in the intervention and to counterparts partaking in Project Energize, New Zealand. Results/Conclusions: It is hypothesised that, for the first time in Ireland, evidence will support the delivery of a quality multi-component school-based programme to reduce sedentariness, increase and improve PA, FMS and fitness and promote healthy nutritional habits and a healthier weight status among primary school children.
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