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 have developed and published frameworks that address the identified gap in terms of effective measurement of health-related capability development in adolescents. Having achieved this the programme is now focussed on:

  • identifying evidence from across a wide range of settings that examines awareness within education communities of lifecourse approaches to NCD risk reduction and perceptions of teachers regarding the potential to utlize NCD related contexts within core curriculum programmes. 
  • identifying a range of programmes through which evaluation tools based on the principles outlined in our frameworks could be tested.
  • Ms Jacquie Bay, University of Auckland
  • Associate Professor Robyn Dixon, University of Auckland
  • Professor Oddrun Samdal, University of Bergen
  • Dr Amanda Mason-Jones, University of York; University of Cape Town
  • Dr Kamran Siddiqi, University of York
  • Professor Ronald Ma, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Phoenix Mo, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Kath Woods-Townsend, University of Southampton
  • Dr Marcus Grace, University of Southampton
  • Professor Paul Roderick, University of Southampton
  • Dr Debra Shirley, University of Sydney
  • Professor Blakely Brown, University of Montana
  • Dr Rumana Huque, University of Dhaka
  • Mr Shauijun Guo, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Rose Hipkins, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
  • Mrs Karen Tairea, Cook Islands Ministry of Health
  • Mrs Upokoina Herrmann, Cook Islands Ministry of Education
  • Dr ‘Ofa Tukia, Tonga Ministry of Health
  • Ms Monica Tu'puloto, Tonga Health Foundation

Public Health (Non-communicable Disease)