Getting the best start in East Sussex: A whole systems transformation approach to tackling childhood obesity through physical activity in education settings and across the community
ISPAH ePoster Library. Blake N. Oct 15, 2018; 225437; 455
Nicola Blake
Nicola Blake
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
An ambitious childhood obesity prevention programme delivered at scale and pace invested over £7m public health and CCG funds as part of place-based whole-systems transformation programmes East Sussex Better Together and Connecting4You. Method: Based on evidence of need, over 323 participating nurseries, schools and further education settings were supported to develop whole-settings transformation plans focusing on physical activity. Schools received £10,000 grants and nurseries £5,000 grants to invest in evidence-based interventions to improve the health of children and families. This included training, equipment, initiatives promoting active play and playground development, daily physical activity, parental engagement and development of organisational policies. A seven-week mass participation intervention – Beat the Street – then sought to engage entire communities in physical activity. Results:<\b>
Feedback was extremely positive, with schools recognising additional benefits, including improved pupil behaviour and engagement in lessons. Analysing 131 baseline and follow-up nursery audits found enhancements in policy and practice, with training/ questionnaire data, Ofsted reports and case studies demonstrating a significant impact on knowledge, skills, and confidence of staff and on quality of provision. The mass participation intervention resulted in the proportion of children reporting lowest levels of activity decreasing from 22% beforehand to just 5% immediately afterwards. Conclusion:<\b>
This innovative, multi-component transformation programme benefited 58,000 children and their families, with over 42,000 people also engaged in mass participation – making it the largest Beat the Street game played in the world. Learning and outcomes are informing the programme’s final year and will support settings to sustain enhanced physical activity provision.
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