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.