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Randomised controlled trial of a nursery and home based intervention for obesity prevention and cardiovascular risk factor reduction
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN36363490
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Public title Randomised controlled trial of a nursery and home based intervention for obesity prevention and cardiovascular risk factor reduction
Scientific title
Acronym MAGIC (Movement and Activity Glasgow Intervention in Children)
Serial number at source PG/2001/134
Study hypothesis Cluster randomised controlled trial. 545 children in 36 clusters (nurseries). This study aims to test the hypothesis that a simple, generalisable, intervention can reduce change in body mass index (BMI) SD-score over a 12 month period in children in their pre-school year. The intervention is in two parts: enhanced physical activity programme in nursery; distribution of play resources/physical activity promotion at home.
Lay summary
Ethics approval Not provided at time of registration
Study design Randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment United Kingdom
Disease/condition/study domain Overweight, obesity, hypertension
Participants - inclusion criteria Healthy 3 - 4 year-old children in their pre-school year in nursery.
Participants - exclusion criteria No exclusion criteria
Anticipated start date 01/06/2002
Anticipated end date 31/12/2005
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material
Target number of participants 545
Interventions 1. Intervention: nursery and home based physical activity programme
2. Control: standard nursery curriculum
Primary outcome measure(s) BMI SD-score.
Secondary outcome measure(s) 1. Habitual physical activity and sedentary behaviour (both measured objectively, by accelerometry)
2. Motor skills (measured using the Movement Assessment Battery)
3. Blood pressure
4. Waist circumference and waist: arm circumference ratio (both indices of fat distribution)
5. Process evaluation
Sources of funding British Heart Foundation (UK) (ref: PG/2001/134)
Trial website
Publications Results:
1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15809570
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17028105
Contact name Dr  John J  Reilly
  Address Reader in Paediatric Energy Metabolism
University of Glasgow Division of Developmental Medicine
1st Floor Tower Block QMH
Yorkhill Hospitals
Dalnair Street
  City/town Glasgow
  Zip/Postcode G3 8SJ
  Country United Kingdom
  Tel +44 (0)141 201 0710
  Fax +44 (0)141 201 9275
  Email jjr2y@clinmed.gla.ac.uk
Sponsor British Heart Foundation (UK)
  Address 14 Fitzhardinge Street
  City/town London
  Zip/Postcode W1H 6DH
  Country United Kingdom
  Tel +44 (0)20 7935 0185
  Fax +44 (0)20 7486 5820
  Email research@bhf.org.uk
  Sponsor website: http://www.bhf.org.uk/
Date applied 30/10/2001
Last edited 19/02/2008
Date ISRCTN assigned 30/10/2001
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