New study to combat childhood obesity

DECIPHer is teaming up with North Somerset Council to help fight obesity by promoting healthy eating and physical activity for pre-school children.

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DECIPHer’s Dr. Ruth Kipping and colleagues have been awarded £431,495 by the National Institute of Health Research Public Health Research Programme to evaluate the NAP SACC UK (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care UK) intervention, which aims to increase physical activity and healthy eating in 2-4 year olds.

NAP SACC UK, a  feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial, will take place in childcare settings in North Somerset and Cardiff, starting in September 2014. Co-applicants include Professor Rona Campbell, Professor Russ Jago,  Professor Will Hollingworth, Dr. Chris Metcalfe and Dr. Angeliki Papadaki from the University of Bristol, Dr. James White from Cardiff University, Professor Laurence Moore from the University of Glasgow and Professor Dianne Ward from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study is taking place in collaboration with Public Health Wales, North Somerset Council and North Somerset Community Partnership.

Dr Ruth Kipping, Consultant in Public Health at North Somerset Council and Research Fellow at DECIPHer (University of Bristol), who is leading the study, said: “We are very pleased to be working with colleagues in North Somerset and Cardiff to test whether we can adapt the NAP SACC intervention for use in the UK. This is an important study because few research studies have worked with pre-school providers to prevent obesity by increasing physical activity and improving nutrition.”

Becky Pollard, North Somerset Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in this research study. We know that forming healthy habits from an early age is important to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases. We have high levels of excess weight in four to five-year-old children in North Somerset, so it is important that we prevent children gaining excess weight at a young age.”

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