Educational or Curriculum

The Children’s Health, Activity and Nutrition: Get Educated! (CHANGE!) Project

Initiative Description: The Children’s Health, Activity and Nutrition: Get Educated! (CHANGE!) Project. The PSHE curriculum in English primary schools is structured in an interdisciplinary manner with relevant topics delivered collectively within particular themes (e.g., PA and nutrition topics taught within a ‘healthy lifestyles’ theme). The CHANGE! curriculum consisted of 20 weekly lesson plans worksheets, homework tasks, lesson resources, and a CD-ROM. The lessons were of 60 minutes duration and provided an opportunity for children to discuss, explore, and understand the meaning and practicalities of PA and nutrition as key elements of healthy lifestyle

Study Results: Decreased BMI & waist circumference.

Reference: Fairclough, S. J., Hackett, A. F., Davies, I. G., Gobbi, R., Mackintosh, K. A., Warburton, G. L., … & Boddy, L. M. (2013). Promoting healthy weight in primary school children through physical activity and nutrition education: a pragmatic evaluation of the CHANGE! randomised intervention study. BMC Public Health, 13, 626.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good