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.
  • 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
  • Professor Albert Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Phoenix Mo, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Hein de Vries,Maastricht University
  • Associate Professor Kim Urbach, University of Rochester
  • Dr Kath Woods-Townsend, University of Southampton
  • Dr Marcus Grace, University of Southampton
  • Professor Don Nutbeam, University of Southampton (Advisory)
  • Professor Paul Roderick, University of Southampton
  • Dr Debra Shirley, University of Sydney
  • Professor Blakely Brown, University of Montana
  • Dr Rumana Huque, University of Dhaka
  • Ms Laura Fogg, University of Western England
  • Mr Shauijun Guo, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Terrence Forrester, University of the West Indies
  • Dr Rose Hipkins, New Zealand Council for Educational Research
  • Mrs Karen Tairea, Cook Islands Ministry of Health
  • Mrs Sharyn Paio, Cook Islands Ministry of Education
  • Mrs Upokoina Herrmann, Cook Islands Ministry of Education
  • Mrs Gayle Townsend, Cook Islands Ministry of Education
  • Dr ‘Ofa Tukia, Tonga Ministry of Health
  • Mrs ‘Emeli Pouvalu, Tonga Ministry of Education

Public Health (Non-communicable Disease)