FABTOTS - An early years community-based obesity prevention programme: A pilot study

Rabiee-Khan, Fatemeh and Thompson, Lynne (2018) FABTOTS - An early years community-based obesity prevention programme: A pilot study. Preventive Medicine and Community Health, 1 (2). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2516-7073

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Abstract

FABTOTS, Fit Active Bodies babies and toddlers, was a community-based intervention programme targeting parents of children up to the age of three. It consisted
of 2 hour weekly sessions over a six week period aimed at building parental confidence and fostering positive parenting through nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle
choices. The programme was delivered by staff at the 18 Children Centres and one teenage pregnancy centre in Sandwell, one of most deprived and ethnically diverse
towns in the UK. This paper outlines the development of FABTOTS and an evaluation of the short term impact of the pilot programme on the 173 parents who
took part in the first year.
Mixed methods of data collection were used; group discussions with the participants took place at the end of each session and facilitators’ observations were noted for
process evaluation. Participants completed a questionnaire about their experience of FABTOTS and behavioural changes. After six months, 25 participants took part
in a follow up telephone interview to identify the sustainability of the reported behavioural changes.
Findings suggested that the programme was feasible and sustainable in the short term but highlighted a number of issues: recruitment, acceptability, retention,
duration and content of the programme. Challenges in developing rigorous acceptable tools for data collection in an area with predominantly low literacy rates were
noted. Evaluation of its long term sustainability is highly recommended.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Depositing User: Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 09:55
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2018 09:55
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6380

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