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Use of the school setting during the summer holidays: Mixed-methods evaluation of Food and Fun Clubs in Wales

Morgan, Kelly ORCID:, McConnon, Linda ORCID:, Van Godwin, Jordan ORCID:, Hawkins, Jemma ORCID:, Bond, Amy and Fletcher, Adam ORCID: 2019. Use of the school setting during the summer holidays: Mixed-methods evaluation of Food and Fun Clubs in Wales. Journal of School Health 89 (10) , pp. 829-838. 10.1111/josh.12824

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OBJECTIVE School summer holiday clubs in deprived areas of Wales were evaluated to examine opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity and explore delivery processes. METHODS Ten Food and Fun clubs participated in 2016. Quantitative data (child and parent surveys; N = 196, N = 84) assessed the opportunity to provide children with breakfast and lunch. A sub‐sample of children wore an accelerometer (N = 41) to evaluate the opportunity for achieving 1‐hour of moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA) at club. Features of successful club delivery were identified through; focus groups (child and parent; N = 74, N = 69) and interviews (staff/volunteer; N = 32). RESULTS Opportunities for healthy eating were delivered with high fidelity: 86% of children reported breakfast consumption and 75% eating a healthy lunch. On club days, children reported consuming fewer sugary snacks (66%), fewer sugary drinks (81%), and more fruits and vegetables (67%). About 71% of children achieved the recommended MVPA at club, with children engaging in more MVPA (+17 minutes/day, p < .01) on average compared to non‐club days. Successful delivery processes were: use of school facilities and staff; flexible partnership‐working; and whole family involvement. CONCLUSIONS Schools appear to provide a suitable setting for the delivery of healthy eating and physical activity opportunities during school summer holidays.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0022-4391
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 11 August 2018
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 01:32

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