School, community, and family working together to address childhood obesity: Perceptions from the KOALA lifestyle intervention study

Smibert, Asa, Abbott, Rebecca, Macdonald, Doune, Hogan, Anna and Leong, Gary (2010) School, community, and family working together to address childhood obesity: Perceptions from the KOALA lifestyle intervention study. European Physical Education Review, 16 2: 155-170. doi:10.1177/1356336X10381307


Author Smibert, Asa
Abbott, Rebecca
Macdonald, Doune
Hogan, Anna
Leong, Gary
Title School, community, and family working together to address childhood obesity: Perceptions from the KOALA lifestyle intervention study
Journal name European Physical Education Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-336X
1741-2749
0140-7708
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1356336X10381307
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 170
Total pages 16
Editor Ken Green
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Epidemiological data on childhood obesity has prompted a significant response from both governments and academics seeking to recommend solutions to the reported 'crisis'. The 'Kinder Overweight Active Living Action' (KOALA) healthy lifestyle programme is a randomized obesity prevention and intervention study designed to provide an understanding of how school, family, and community can work in partnership to holistically address childhood obesity. Located within the KOALA project, this paper focuses on the children's and parents' experiences and perceptions of the KOALA intervention and its articulation with school health and physical education (HPE). Observations on the interactions that occur between home, school, and community as key sites of intervention in childhood obesity are also unpacked. The study employed a qualitative methodology to gauge perspectives regarding the multiple sites of obesity intervention. Perspectives of children, parents, and teachers regarding the KOALA experience would suggest that there is value in planning childhood obesity interventions that link families with community programs, such as scouts, girl guides, and club sport. While long-term outcomes are yet to be ascertained, KOALA has provided scope for new possibilities in holistic approaches to healthy body weight.
© The Author(s) 2010.
Keyword Community
Health and physical education teacher
Lifestyle intervention
Obesity
Parental support
Physical-activity
Public-health
Parents
Adolescents
Children
Overweight
Prevention
Australia
Education
Programs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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