Engaging economically disadvantaged adolescent girls in physical activity and healthy eating to improve health and prevent obesity [ 2010 - 2012 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Dr DR Lubans; A/Prof PJ Morgan; A/Prof R Callister; A/Prof CE Collins; A/Prof AD Okely; Prof RC Plotnikoff

Brief description Secondary school represents the final opportunity to influence individuals as they develop adult lifestyle behaviours and enter a transitional period in their lives. Considering the increased prevalence of lifestyle diseases among Australian adults and increases in the prevalence of obesity among young Australians, targeting health-promoting behaviours in adolescents is clearly a national priority. Furthermore, rates of obesity are much higher in economically disadvantaged areas, with girls more susceptible to the SES disadvantages. This project has the potential to develop a knowledge base and improve the health behaviours of current and future Australians most at risk for the development of lifestyle diseases.

Funding Amount $155,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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