Engaging parents in school-based nutrition education interventions to encourage healthful eating and drinking behaviour of children in low-income populations: A systematic review

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Presenter:  Lyndall Warton

Date: May 09, 2017

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Contact person:  Caroline Sheridan | Research Degrees Administration Officer
T: (08) 8946 8420
E: caroline.sheridan@menzies.edu.au

Location:  Menzies Boardroom, JMB, Room 120, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Rocklands Drive Casuarina

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Background: The direct link between childhood obesity and poor nutrition is well documented. Research provides evidence that parents can have significant influence on children’s eating patterns. It is still unclear how and at what level family involvement yields the largest impact on children’s behaviors. The purpose of this systematic review is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of school-based nutrition education studies undertaken within low-income populations to identify effective strategies to engage parents in school-based nutrition education interventions.
Method: In September and October 2016, relevant databases were systematically searched and 5151 references were retrieved. Titles and abstracts have been scanned independently by three review authors. Full text copies of 223 of those articles deemed eligible for further review have been retrieved for closer examination. Articles were included if participants: were school-aged children aged 5 to 12 years old; were aimed at obesity prevention; had family or parent involvement; and the intervention included any health promotion activity including nutrition education or nutrition promotion programs by itself or combined with other interventions. Physical activity interventions without a nutrition component were excluded. Ninety-two reviews were also identified and their reference lists examined to identify relevant studies that may not have been captured in the initial search. Preliminary results indicate a final results set of 76 articles. Data extraction has commenced and will be verified by a second review author. Subgroup analysis will include: program duration, degree of parental involvement, study design, theory base, age of the children, and obesity levels. 

Significance: The systematic review will provide information on effective ways to engage parents in school-based nutrition education interventions to encourage healthful eating and drinking behaviors in low-income populations. This evidence may help to inform policy and practise to design effective obesity prevention initiatives.

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