Poster Presentation ANZOS-ASLM-ICCR 2019

Effectiveness of an eight-week healthy lifestyle program for adolescent weight management (#138)

Brendan Goodger 1 , Teagan Knight 2 , Madeline Freeman 2 , Chris Leung 1
  1. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, Mascot, NSW, Australia
  2. Better Health Company, Abbotsford, VIC, Australia

Obesity is a significant public health issue within Australia, with 27% of 5 to 17 year-olds classified as overweight or obese.1  A variety of healthy lifestyle and weight management initiatives are delivered throughout Australia to primary school aged children, however it has been identified that limited community-based interventions are available for adolescents.

The Think, Eat and Move (TEAM) Program is an eight-week healthy lifestyle program for 13 to 17 year-old adolescents classified as overweight or obese.  Participants complete weekly online learning sessions, supported by weekly 30-minute phone-based consultations with a health professional. A range of supporting resources are provided including SMS and email reminders, online resources, a handouts manual, a portion cup, label reading guidance cards and a fitness tracker.  Parents and carers are actively involved in the program and are encouraged to complete the online activities and participate in coaching calls alongside their child.

Seventy-eight eligible adolescents from the Central and Eastern Sydney catchment area commented the program between September 2018 to June 2019 with 83% completing four or more coaching calls and four or more online learning sessions.

For participants with pre and post program measurements and survey data (n=53) significant changes were observed post-program for BMI (-0.98, p>0.001), BMI z-score (-0.2, p>0.001), self-esteem (+3.0, p<0.05), daily fruit consumption (Z=-3.6, p<0.05), daily vegetable consumption (Z=-4.8, p<0.001), daily water consumption (Z=-3.3, p<0.05), days meeting the Australian Physical Activity guidelines (Z=-5.1, p>0.001), and school day screen time (Z=-3.5, p<0.05).

These findings support the continuation of the TEAM Program and further evaluation via a randomised controlled trial.

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2017. A picture of overweight and obesity in Australia 2017. Cat. no.PHE 216. Canberra: AIHW.