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BMC Public Health

, 10:65

First Online: 12 February 2010Received: 19 January 2010Accepted: 12 February 2010DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-10-65

Cite this article as: de Silva-Sanigorski, A.M., Bolton, K., Haby, M. et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10: 65. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-10-65


BackgroundThere is only limited evidence available on how best to prevent childhood obesity and community-based interventions hold promise, as several successful interventions have now been published. The Victorian Government has recently funded six disadvantaged communities across Victoria, Australia for three years to promote healthy eating and physical activity for children, families, and adults in a community-based participatory manner. Five of these intervention communities are situated in Primary Care Partnerships and are the subject of this paper. The interventions will comprise a mixture of capacity-building, environmental, and whole-of-community approaches with targeted and population-level interventions. The specific intervention activities will be determined locally within each community through stakeholder and community consultation. Implementation of the interventions will occur through funded positions in primary care and local government. This paper describes the design of the evaluation of the five primary care partnership-based initiatives in the -Go for your life- Health Promoting Communities: Being Active Eating Well HPC:BAEW initiative.

Methods-DesignA mixed method and multi-level evaluation of the HPC:BAEW initiative will capture process, impact and outcome data and involve both local and state-wide evaluators. There will be a combined analysis across the five community intervention projects with outcomes compared to a comparison group using a cross-sectional, quasi-experimental design. The evaluation will capture process, weight status, socio-demographic, obesity-related behavioral and environmental data in intervention and comparison areas. This will be achieved using document analysis, paper-based questionnaires, interviews and direct measures of weight, height and waist circumference from participants children, adolescents and adults.

DiscussionThis study will add significant evidence on how to prevent obesity at a population level in disadvantaged and ethnically diverse communities. The outcomes will have direct influence on policy and practice and guide the development and implementation of future obesity prevention efforts in Australia and internationally.

Trial registrationACTRN12609000892213

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Author: Andrea M de Silva-Sanigorski - Kristy Bolton - Michelle Haby - Peter Kremer - Lisa Gibbs - Elizabeth Waters - Boyd Swinbur


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