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PLAN-A (or Peer-Led physical Activity iNtervention for Adolescent girls) aimed to find out whether Year 8 girls who received training to be a “peer-supporter” could encourage their friends to adopt an active lifestyle. Studies show that increased physical activity is good for children’s health. Despite the health benefits, activity levels drop during adolescence, particularly for girls. We aimed to identify new ways to promote physical activity among Year 8 girls. Peer-supporters have been used to help prevent smoking in teens and we were interested in finding out if this would work in improving physical activity.
We asked girls to fill out a short questionnaire to identify female peers they feel were influential in their year (e.g. who they trust, who they respect). Schools were then randomised into ‘intervention’ and ‘control’ schools. In ‘intervention’ schools we invited 18% of the nominated girls to become peer-supporters. These girls then attended an educational and fun two day course (plus one top-up day) to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to informally promote physical activity amongst their peers.
The dissemination seminar will consist of a presentation of study findings, a panel Q & A and an opportunity to view intervention materials. There are a limited number of visitor parking permits available, please contact Kate Banfield to reserve one.