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Project Spraoi: a strategy to improve nutrition and physical activity in schoolchildren

Title
Project Spraoi: a strategy to improve nutrition and physical activity in schoolchildren
Source/publisher
Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Contact email address
tara.coppinger@cit.ie
Publication year 2013
Date entered into repository09 June 2014
Introduction
‘Project Spraoi,’is a whole-school intervention, which is currently being implemented by a team of researchers from Cork Institute of Technology, in four primary schools in Cork city and county (n=1,030).
What did you do? Briefly describe what was involved in your case study
The project is based on international best practice (Project Energize, New Zealand http://www.projectenergize.org.nz/) and major programme components include: i) the provision of staff (“Energizers”) into schools to structure activity programmes that are aligned with the curriculum and (ii) seeking opportunities to improve nutritional habits. The proposed benefits of the intervention are improved physical activity and healthy eating behaviour, and reduced time spent engaging in sedentary activities. Initial findings of the process evaluation have been positive, with excellent levels of school involvement and participation.
What was the outcome/result of your case study?
The project is being evaluated at baseline (October 2013) and at 24 months (+/- 1-2 month/s) amongst 5-6 year old and 10-11 year old children in participating schools and in two control schools, who are not involved in the intervention. The following outcomes are measured; (i) height, (ii) weight, (iii) body composition (percentage body fat, total lean and fat mass), (iv) waist circumference, (v) blood pressure, (vi) physical activity (accelerometry), (vii) nutritional knowledge and behaviour (questionnaire), (viii) aerobic fitness (550 metre run). 389 children are measured as part of the evaluation of the intervention, across four schools and two control schools. Parents will also be asked to fill out a household questionnaire.
Topic
  • Children
  • Food/nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Obesity
What audience is your case study relevant to?
  • Health Professional
  • Local government