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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Strategies to Improve the Implementation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Policies, Practices or Programmes Within Childcare Services

Description of Resource: 
A number of childcare service-based interventions have been found to be effective in improving children’s diet, increasing their physical activity, and preventing excessive weight gain. This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness of strategies intended to improve the implementation of these policies, practices, or programs by childcare services. It identified 10 studies that tested strategies such as educational materials, small incentives or grants, and educational outreach visits. It found weak and inconsistent evidence of the effectiveness of such strategies in improving the implementation of policies and practices, childcare service staff knowledge or attitudes, or children’s diet, physical activity, or weight status. Further research in the field is needed.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Nutrition and Weight Status
Physical Activity
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Wolfenden L, Jones J, Williams CM, Finch M, Wyse RJ, Kingsland M, et al. Strategies to improve the implementation of healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention policies, practices or programmes within childcare services. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2018 Apr 30];(10). Art. No.: CD011779. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011779.pub2. Available from: