Rethinking sustainability in childhood obesity prevention interventions: learning from South Australia's Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Programme

Michelle Jones, Fiona Verity

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Abstract

Increases in childhood obesity have occurred across a relatively short time-period, yet childhood obesity prevention is a longer-term game. Programmes have only identified population-level changes after 12 years of on-the-ground activity [Romon et al.]. Community stakeholders can impact the success of public health interventions [Ganter et al.; Lee et al.] and they have been identified as a critical success factor for programme sustainability [Schell et al.]. Qualitative research with stakeholders (n = 59) provides their insights and understandings of the sustainability of OPAL, a South Australian childhood obesity prevention programme. Stakeholders identified activities that they thought contributed to improved sustainability of action such as embedding obesity prevention into organizational policy and plans; and installation of infrastructure within communities to modify physical environments. In contrast, there was little appetite for sustaining OPAL or other formulations of a childhood obesity prevention programme. This research has implications for planning and implementation of community-based childhood obesity prevention initiatives when considering the balance of the portfolio of activities for implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdaab080
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Promotion International
Volume37
Issue number1
Early online date11 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Sustainability
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Childhood obesity prevention
  • Community-based intervention
  • Qualitative evaluation research

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