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The CHANGE! (Children's Health, Activity and Nutrition: Get Educated!) Project
ISRCTN ISRCTN03863885
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN03863885
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Public title The CHANGE! (Children's Health, Activity and Nutrition: Get Educated!) Project
Scientific title The CHANGE! (Children's Health, Activity and Nutrition: Get Educated!) Project: a clustered randomised controlled trial
Acronym CHANGE!
Serial number at source CHANGE! Protocol V.1.0
Study hypothesis Participants in the CHANGE! intervention group will accrue more moderate to vigorous physical activity post intervention than the control group.
Lay summary Not provided at time of registration
Ethics approval Liverpool John Moores Research Ethics Committee approved on 22nd September 2010, reference number 10/ECL/039
Study design Clustered randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment United Kingdom
Disease/condition/study domain Paediatric health, physical activity, exercise science and nutrition disciplines
Participants - inclusion criteria Within the twelve participating schools:
1. All year 6 children were invited to take part
2. All children with informed parental consent, participant assent and medical screening were eligible to take part
Participants - exclusion criteria Children without parental consent, participant assent or those with a medical condition that precluded them from taking part in the programme
Anticipated start date 01/10/2010
Anticipated end date 31/07/2011
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Target number of participants Three-hundred 10-11.9yr old children
Interventions The CHANGE! pilot study is a clustered randomised controlled trial (RCT) investigating the efficacy of a twenty lesson school-based physical activity and healthy eating intervention. CHANGE! is delivered through the Personal and Social Health Education strand of school’s curricula and the curriculum resource is supplemented by homework tasks that target family involvement.

Twelve schools from the Wigan Borough in North-West England were recruited to the study, Six randomly assigned using a random number generator to the intervention condition. Randomisation occurred prior to baseline measures. Class teachers from the intervention schools received training in the curriculum resource over two twilight training sessions, and were fully familiarised with the CHANGE! curriculum prior to implementation. CHANGE! consists of 20 lesson plans, including worksheets and other resources. This curriculum resource is supplemented by homework tasks that target family involvement. Control schools will receive the curriculum and training in the following academic year once the study has been completed. Measures were completed for intervention and control groups at baseline and will be repeated post-intervention (20 weeks) and at 30-32 weeks follow up, prior to the school summer holidays.
Primary outcome measure(s) Levels of habitual physical activity, moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA)-outcome measured at baseline and will be repeated post-intervention (20 weeks) and at 30-32 weeks follow up, prior to the school summer holidays.
Secondary outcome measure(s) 1. Anthropometrics and body composition
2. Cardiorespiratory fitness
3. Food intake
4. Eating behaviour and knowledge
5. Physical self-perceptions
6. Family nutrition and physical activity
7. Behaviour change
8. Quality of life
9. Cardiometabolic disease risk markers
10. Fundamental movement skills
Outcomes were measured at baseline and will be repeated post-intervention (20 weeks) and at 30-32 weeks follow up, prior to the school summer holidays.
To reduce ionising radiation dosage, DEXA body composition scans will be conducted at baseline and follow-up only.
Sources of funding Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
Trial website
Publications 2012 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22931457
2013 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23819701
Contact name Dr  Stuart  Fairclough
  Address Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure,
Liverpool John Moores University,
IM Marsh Campus,
Barkhill Road,
  City/town Liverpool
  Zip/Postcode L17 6BD
  Country United Kingdom
Sponsor Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
  Address Research Support Office,
Liverpool John Moores University,
c/o Dr. Sue Spiers
Kingsway House,
Hatton Garden,
  City/town Liverpool
  Zip/Postcode L3 2AJ
  Country United Kingdom
Date applied 16/02/2011
Last edited 23/09/2014
Date ISRCTN assigned 17/03/2011
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