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Reversing the rise in childhood obesity, WDF15-1306

WDF15-1306
To promote primary prevention of childhood obesity in the Caribbean region through pilot model implementation of a ‘whole-of-community’ approach in two small islands states (St. Lucia and Granada)

Objectives

 

  • To reduce obesogenic environments and empower communities, parents and children to embrace healthy eating and active living – making informed decisions based on accurate information on food, nutrition and exercise.
  • To provide the children and their families affected by overweight/obesity with evidence-based weight management services and safeguard these children from bias and stigmatisation.
  • To strengthen government systems and support multi-sectoral responsive action to the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • To provide core data and information to track the movement and determinants of the childhood obesity epidemic which is driving up rates of diabetes.

 

Approach

 

  • Establish a steering group in both countries through multi-sectoral workshops, coordinated by a local CARPHA project officer to be based in each country.
  • Prepare intervention (6-month trajectory) through comprehensive data collection (baseline study of schools and communities and environmental factors concerning diet/physical activity, etc.), through mobilisation and sensitisation of stakeholders, incl. ‘focus group discussions’ with parents/children/teachers etc., and, through design of specific activities to be rolled out.
  • Roll out intervention in both countries (24-month trajectory) incl.: 
  1. Review school curricula on nutrition and physical activity and implementation of new tuition models;
  2. build ‘supportive environments’ at school settings incl. through interaction with food vendors;
  3. extend efforts towards homes and communities through parent-targeted workshops and dialogues.
  • Monitor impact through baseline/end line data on children’s BMI, blood pressure and fitness as well as through assessment of change in knowledge and behaviour during the project stages.
  • Evaluate pilot model through detailed analysis and reporting of entire approach and its outcomes aiming at wider dissemination across the Caribbean; CARPHA M&E capacity to apply.

 

Expected results

 

  • 80 stakeholder representatives (40 per country) mobilised and sensitised through workshops and other capacity building.
  • 32 focus groups (16 per country) established and operational.
  • Coordination/implementation teams trained in each country consisting of 50 teachers, 8 sports specialists, 8 nurses and 10 data collectors.
  • At least 1,600 school children aged 6 to 12 years enrolled in and reached through the intervention, representing 4 schools in each country, and detailed assessment of impact and outcomes to be implemented on basis of various WDF aligned indicators.

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF15-1306
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
North America and Caribbean
Country: 
Saint Lucia
Partners: 
Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
Project responsible: 
Christine Bocage
Project period: 
2017 to 2020
Project budget: 
USD 341,200
WDF contribution: 
USD 225,000

Expected results

 

  • 80 stakeholder representatives (40 per country) mobilised and sensitised through workshops and other capacity building.
  • 32 focus groups (16 per country) established and operational.
  • Coordination/implementation teams trained in each country consisting of 50 teachers, 8 sports specialists, 8 nurses and 10 data collectors.
  • At least 1,600 school children aged 6 to 12 years enrolled in and reached through the intervention, representing 4 schools in each country, and detailed assessment of impact and outcomes to be implemented on basis of various WDF aligned indicators.