Effectiveness of a family intervention to promote a healthy lifestyle in disadvantaged areas: A healthy generation
ISPAH ePoster Library. Nyberg G. Oct 15, 2018; 225355
Dr. Gisela Nyberg
Dr. Gisela Nyberg
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Abstract Background:<\b>
There are social inequalities in health already seen from an early age. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a family intervention in disadvantaged areas. Methods:<\b>
Participants were 8 to 9-year-old children (n=67) and their parents (n=94). Four schools were included in this controlled study (2 intervention/2 control) from a socioeconomic disadvantaged area in Stockholm County. A foundation ran the intervention for 9 months in cooperation with the municipality and local organisations. Different physical activities, free of charge, were arranged once to twice a week where children and at least one parent attended. Weight and height were measured by standard procedures and BMI sds calculated according to a Swedish reference standard. Physical activity and sedentary time were measured objectively by accelerometry. Outcomes were measured at baseline (August 2016) and after the intervention (June 2017). Group differences were analysed with ANOVA analysis, adjusted for sex, monitor wear time and baseline values. Results:<\b>
A significant intervention effect (p=0.02), for the children was found regarding vigorous physical activity (VPA) during weekends (intervention group +12 minutes/control group –4 minutes). There were no significant differences between groups in VPA during the whole week, sedentary time or BMI sds. Conclusion:<\b>
This study shows that it is possible to influence physical activity in children through a family intervention programme. This finding may be an important contribution to the further development of effective strategies to promote physical activity in children in socioeconomic disadvantaged areas. External funding details Funding: The Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation and Skandia.
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