Schools as a Setting for Reducing Risk Factors for Non-communicable Diseases
Adolescence is recognised as an important time where intervention to support the development of sustained health-promoting behaviours (e.g. regular physical activity) offers an intergenerational opportunity to improve wellbeing. In addition to supporting the future health and wellbeing of the adolescent, interventions at this time offer the opportunity for improved outcomes for the future offspring. Furthermore, it is known that adolescents can act as effective agents of health-related change within their families.
Schools offer a significant opportunity for interventions to facilitate the development of life-long capabilities associated with sustained health-promoting behaviours. However, strategies to measure the outcomes of such interventions often lack the ability to identify if and how the intervention enabled the development of these capabilities, and whether they can be transferred to decision-making in other health-contexts.
This international team with education, public health and science expertise will develop strategies to address the identified gap in terms of effective measurement of health-related capability development in adolescents. The current focus of the programme is on:
- identifying agreed principles underpinning evaluation mechanisms designed to determine the development of cognitive and psychosocial competencies associated with sustained health-promoting behaviours in children and adolescents;
- identifying a range of programmes through which evaluation tools based on these principles could be tested;
- achieving the development and testing of such tools in a range of school-based NCD risk reduction programmes across variable social, cultural and economic settings.