Engaging adolescents in changing behaviour (EACH-B): A study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial to improve dietary quality and physical activity

Sofia Strömmer, Millie Barrett, Kathryn Woods-Townsend, Janice Baird, David Farrell, Joanne Lord, Leanne Morrison, Sarah Shaw, Christina Vogel, Wendy Lawrence, Donna Lovelock, Lisa Bagust, Judit Varkonyi-Sepp, Patsy Coakley, Lyall Campbell, Ross Anderson, Tina Horsfall, Neelam Kalita, Olu Onyimadu, John ClarkeCyrus Cooper, Debbie Chase, Danielle Lambrick, Paul Little, Keith Godfrey, Hazel Inskip, Mary Barker*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Poor diet and lack of physical activity are strongly linked to non-communicable disease risk, but modifying them is challenging. There is increasing recognition that adolescence is an important time to intervene; habits formed during this period tend to last, and physical and psychological changes during adolescence make it an important time to help individuals form healthier habits. Improving adolescents’ health behaviours is important not only for their own health now and in adulthood, but also for the health of any future children. Building on LifeLab
- an existing, purpose-built educational facility at the University of Southampton - we have developed a multi-component intervention for secondary school students called Engaging Adolescents in Changing Behaviour (EACH-B) that aims to motivate and support adolescents to eat better and be more physically active.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrials
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • behaviour change
  • body composition
  • cluster randomised controlled trial
  • cost effectiveness
  • diet
  • digital intervention
  • education; physical activity

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    Strömmer, S., Barrett, M., Woods-Townsend, K., Baird, J., Farrell, D., Lord, J., Morrison, L., Shaw, S., Vogel, C., Lawrence, W., Lovelock, D., Bagust, L., Varkonyi-Sepp, J., Coakley, P., Campbell, L., Anderson, R., Horsfall, T., Kalita, N., Onyimadu, O., ... Barker, M. (Accepted/In press). Engaging adolescents in changing behaviour (EACH-B): A study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial to improve dietary quality and physical activity. Trials.