ERIC Number: EJ900020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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Process Evaluation of a School-Based Weight Gain Prevention Program: The Dutch Obesity Intervention in Teenagers (DOiT)
Singh, A. S.; Chinapaw, M. J. M.; Brug, J.; van Mechelen, W.
Health Education Research, v24 n5 p772-777 Oct 2009
Health promotion programs benefit from an accompanying process evaluation since it can provide more insight in the strengths and weaknesses of a program. A process evaluation was conducted to assess the reach, implementation, satisfaction and maintenance of a school-based program aimed at the prevention of excessive weight gain among Dutch adolescents [Dutch Obesity Intervention in Teenagers (DOiT)]. Our process evaluation involved data collections by means of questionnaires among students, teachers, school board and site staff. The results indicated immense difficulties in the recruitment phase and therefore a low reach at school level. However, among adolescents of the schools that participated, the reach was high (84%). Furthermore, the classroom intervention was implemented successfully based on the number of lessons taught. Most teachers rated the DOiT-intervention positively; students rated the intervention 6.6 on a scale of 1-10. The majority of the teachers planned to implement the DOiT-intervention program in the future, as they perceived DOiT feasible for pre-vocational education students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Obesity, Intervention, Health Promotion, Formative Evaluation, Prevention, Adolescents, Barriers, Health Behavior, Health Education, Child Health, Health Programs, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Recruitment, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands