Journal article

The outcomes of health-promoting communities: being active eating well initiative-a community-based obesity prevention intervention in Victoria, Australia

KA Bolton, P Kremer, L Gibbs, E Waters, B Swinburn, A de Silva



OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of the Health-Promoting Communities: Being Active Eating Well (HPC:BAEW, 2007-2010) initiative, which comprised community-based multi-component interventions adapted to community context in five separate communities. The intervention aimed to promote healthy eating, physical activity and stronger, healthier communities. METHODS: A mixed method and multilevel quasi-experimental evaluation of the HPC:BAEW initiative captured process, impact and outcome data. The evaluation involved both cross-sectional (children and adolescents) and longitudinal designs (adults) with data collected pre- and post-intervention in intervention (n=2408 chi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank and acknowledge the Deakin University evaluation team, Lily Meloni, Monica Murnane, Elyse Snowdon, Tara Breheny, Alexandra Lane, Sharon Lane, Hannah Huf, Kate Pelchen, Ilu Vinca, Belinda Demeo, Molly Doherty, Adrienne Doherty, Emma Peart, Victoria Yarnall, Ashlee Jewson, Suzie Vlamis and Rachel Boak. We acknowledge the assistance and support of the project officers from each of the five school-based 'Go for your life' Health-Promoting Communities: Being Active and Eating Well (HPC:BAEW) projects. We also thank all school and workplace staff, parents and children for taking the time to participate in this study. The HPC:BAEW communities and their evaluation were funded by the Department of Health and Department of Planning and Community Development, State Government of Victoria (note the views in this paper do not necessarily represent those of the Department of Health). Data collection was supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. AdS and LG were partly funded by an NHMRC capacity building grant during this study, and EW and LG were partly funded by the Jack Brockhoff Foundation.