Long-term effects of the school-based Active for Life Year 5

Anderson, E.L. et al. (2016) BMJ Open. 6:e010957

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Objective: To investigate the long-term effectiveness of a school-based intervention to improve physical activity and diet in children.

Participants: Primary school children who were aged 8–9 years at recruitment, 9–10 years during the intervention and 10–11 years at the long-term follow-up assessment.

Intervention: Teacher training, provision of lesson and child–parent interactive homework plans and teaching materials.

Conclusions: School-based curriculum interventions alone are unlikely to have a major public health impact on children’s diet and physical activity.

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