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Healthy eating and physical activity environments in out-of-school hours care: an observational study protocol

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Introduction Childcare settings have been widely

    identified as important venues for promoting healthy

    lifestyles to children. Out-of-school hours care (OSHC)

    is a rapidly growing childcare service, yet there has

    been limited research reported on healthy eating and

    physical activity (HEPA) environments within the Australian

    OSHC setting. This research aims to describe the HEPA

    environments related to foods and beverages served, staff

    behaviours and child physical activity levels across two

    local health districts within New South Wales, Australia.

    This study will provide evidence to support future

    interventions and policies in Australian OSHC settings.

    Methods and analysis A cross-sectional study design

    will be used to describe the food and beverages provided

    and child activity levels, and report on environmental

    correlates. OSHC programmes will be visited on nonconsecutive weekdays between 2018 and 2020. The

    frequency of foods and beverages offered will be observed

    and categorised into food groups aligned to the Australian

    Dietary Guidelines. Children’s physical activity will be

    measured using ActiGraph wGT3X-BT accelerometers.

    Staff behaviour will be captured via direct observation and

    the System for Observing Staff Promotion of Activity and

    Nutrition. Short interviews with programme directors will

    gather contextual information about OSHC practices and

    policies.

    Ethics and dissemination Findings will be disseminated

    through peer-reviewed scientific journals, conference

    presentations and individualised feedback to each

    participating service. Ethical approval was granted by

    the University of Wollongong Human Research Ethics

    Committee (HE17/490).

Authors


  •   Crowe, Ruth (external author)
  •   Probst, Yasmine
  •   Norman, Jenny A. (external author)
  •   Furber, Susan E. (external author)
  •   Franco, Lisa (external author)
  •   Stanley, Rebecca M.
  •   Vuong, Cecilia (external author)
  •   Wardle, Karen (external author)
  •   Davies, Marc (external author)
  •   Ryan, Sarah (external author)
  •   Okely, Anthony D.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Crowe, R., Probst, Y., Norman, J. A., Furber, S. E., Franco, L., Stanley, R. M., Vuong, C., Wardle, K., Davies, M., Ryan, S. & Okely, A. D. (2020). Healthy eating and physical activity environments in out-of-school hours care: an observational study protocol. BMJ Open, 10 e036397-1-e036397-7.

Start Page


  • e036397-1

End Page


  • e036397-7

Volume


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Introduction Childcare settings have been widely

    identified as important venues for promoting healthy

    lifestyles to children. Out-of-school hours care (OSHC)

    is a rapidly growing childcare service, yet there has

    been limited research reported on healthy eating and

    physical activity (HEPA) environments within the Australian

    OSHC setting. This research aims to describe the HEPA

    environments related to foods and beverages served, staff

    behaviours and child physical activity levels across two

    local health districts within New South Wales, Australia.

    This study will provide evidence to support future

    interventions and policies in Australian OSHC settings.

    Methods and analysis A cross-sectional study design

    will be used to describe the food and beverages provided

    and child activity levels, and report on environmental

    correlates. OSHC programmes will be visited on nonconsecutive weekdays between 2018 and 2020. The

    frequency of foods and beverages offered will be observed

    and categorised into food groups aligned to the Australian

    Dietary Guidelines. Children’s physical activity will be

    measured using ActiGraph wGT3X-BT accelerometers.

    Staff behaviour will be captured via direct observation and

    the System for Observing Staff Promotion of Activity and

    Nutrition. Short interviews with programme directors will

    gather contextual information about OSHC practices and

    policies.

    Ethics and dissemination Findings will be disseminated

    through peer-reviewed scientific journals, conference

    presentations and individualised feedback to each

    participating service. Ethical approval was granted by

    the University of Wollongong Human Research Ethics

    Committee (HE17/490).

Authors


  •   Crowe, Ruth (external author)
  •   Probst, Yasmine
  •   Norman, Jenny A. (external author)
  •   Furber, Susan E. (external author)
  •   Franco, Lisa (external author)
  •   Stanley, Rebecca M.
  •   Vuong, Cecilia (external author)
  •   Wardle, Karen (external author)
  •   Davies, Marc (external author)
  •   Ryan, Sarah (external author)
  •   Okely, Anthony D.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Crowe, R., Probst, Y., Norman, J. A., Furber, S. E., Franco, L., Stanley, R. M., Vuong, C., Wardle, K., Davies, M., Ryan, S. & Okely, A. D. (2020). Healthy eating and physical activity environments in out-of-school hours care: an observational study protocol. BMJ Open, 10 e036397-1-e036397-7.

Start Page


  • e036397-1

End Page


  • e036397-7

Volume


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom