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Evaluation of the Child Healthy Weight Programme in Scotland

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Published: November 2013

Aims

NHS Health Scotland commissioned ScotCen, in collaboration with Dr Wendy Wills, to evaluate the Child Healthy Weight Programme in Scotland.

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About the child healthy weight programme

The CHW programme is a response to growing concerns about obesity levels in children. Aimed at children aged 2-15 years, CHW consists of interventions across all 14 Health Boards in Scotland, covering issues relating to nutrition, physical activity and health behaviour change. Interventions can be delivered to whole classes as part of a school-based approach, or in the community on a one to one or group basis.

Aims of the evaluation

The evaluation aims to inform the development of the programme by exploring what the CHW interventions consist of across all 14 Health Boards, the experiences and reactions of children and parents to the programme and the potential impact of the programme.

The evaluation will contribute to thinking about the future of the Child Healthy Weight programme, as well as to help understand how to work with families around childhood obesity more generally.

Methodology

The evaluation is using mixed methods, drawing on secondary analysis of quantitative data collated by NHS Information Services Division for all participants, and on qualitative interviews with NHS Board operational leads and staff delivering CHW interventions, along with children and parents participating in CHW interventions in four case study areas.