Teacher experiences of delivering an obesity prevention programme (the WAVES study intervention) in a primary school setting

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@article{e2060f6c84c143f58a3261772139d8fb,
title = "Teacher experiences of delivering an obesity prevention programme (the WAVES study intervention) in a primary school setting",
abstract = "Objective: There has been a wealth of childhood obesity prevention studies in school-based settings. However, few have investigated the experiences of school staff charged with delivery of such programmes. This study aimed to elicit teachers{\textquoteright} experiences of delivering a childhood obesity prevention programme for children aged 6–7 years. Design: Descriptive-interpretive qualitative study. Setting: Primary schools participating in the UK West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children (WAVES) study. Method: In all, 14 teachers were recruited from 12 primary schools. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and data analysis was guided by the Framework Approach. Results: Teachers recognised the importance of obesity prevention in primary schools. They reported positively on aspects of the intervention, in particular its flexibility and the ready-prepared materials. Time constraints and gaining support of parents were seen as key challenges to intervention delivery. Conclusions: Delivering an obesity prevention programme in school is feasible but challenging for teachers. Our findings suggest that to maximise the likelihood of delivery, interventions should be hands-on, easy to manage and flexible to the needs of individual schools. The perceived importance of the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours by schools was evident, but teachers felt restricted in the resources that could be devoted to achieve and encourage this. National combined with local level direction and support for healthy lifestyles in children would help schools to give this the priority it requires. ",
keywords = "Child obesity, healthy eating, lifestyle education, physical activity, teacher experiences",
author = "Tania Griffin and Joanne Clarke and Emma Lancashire and Miranda Pallan and Sandra Passmore and Peymane Adab",
year = "2015",
month = nov,
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/0017896914556907",
language = "English",
volume = "74",
pages = "655--667",
journal = "Health Education Journal",
issn = "0017-8969",
publisher = "SAGE Publications",
number = "6",

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T1 - Teacher experiences of delivering an obesity prevention programme (the WAVES study intervention) in a primary school setting

AU - Griffin, Tania

AU - Clarke, Joanne

AU - Lancashire, Emma

AU - Pallan, Miranda

AU - Passmore, Sandra

AU - Adab, Peymane

PY - 2015/11/1

Y1 - 2015/11/1

N2 - Objective: There has been a wealth of childhood obesity prevention studies in school-based settings. However, few have investigated the experiences of school staff charged with delivery of such programmes. This study aimed to elicit teachers’ experiences of delivering a childhood obesity prevention programme for children aged 6–7 years. Design: Descriptive-interpretive qualitative study. Setting: Primary schools participating in the UK West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children (WAVES) study. Method: In all, 14 teachers were recruited from 12 primary schools. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and data analysis was guided by the Framework Approach. Results: Teachers recognised the importance of obesity prevention in primary schools. They reported positively on aspects of the intervention, in particular its flexibility and the ready-prepared materials. Time constraints and gaining support of parents were seen as key challenges to intervention delivery. Conclusions: Delivering an obesity prevention programme in school is feasible but challenging for teachers. Our findings suggest that to maximise the likelihood of delivery, interventions should be hands-on, easy to manage and flexible to the needs of individual schools. The perceived importance of the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours by schools was evident, but teachers felt restricted in the resources that could be devoted to achieve and encourage this. National combined with local level direction and support for healthy lifestyles in children would help schools to give this the priority it requires.

AB - Objective: There has been a wealth of childhood obesity prevention studies in school-based settings. However, few have investigated the experiences of school staff charged with delivery of such programmes. This study aimed to elicit teachers’ experiences of delivering a childhood obesity prevention programme for children aged 6–7 years. Design: Descriptive-interpretive qualitative study. Setting: Primary schools participating in the UK West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children (WAVES) study. Method: In all, 14 teachers were recruited from 12 primary schools. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and data analysis was guided by the Framework Approach. Results: Teachers recognised the importance of obesity prevention in primary schools. They reported positively on aspects of the intervention, in particular its flexibility and the ready-prepared materials. Time constraints and gaining support of parents were seen as key challenges to intervention delivery. Conclusions: Delivering an obesity prevention programme in school is feasible but challenging for teachers. Our findings suggest that to maximise the likelihood of delivery, interventions should be hands-on, easy to manage and flexible to the needs of individual schools. The perceived importance of the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours by schools was evident, but teachers felt restricted in the resources that could be devoted to achieve and encourage this. National combined with local level direction and support for healthy lifestyles in children would help schools to give this the priority it requires.

KW - Child obesity

KW - healthy eating

KW - lifestyle education

KW - physical activity

KW - teacher experiences

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JF - Health Education Journal

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