Neurology

December 2011

Professional

A partnership for health

Working with schools to promote healthy lifestyle

Volume 40, No.12, December 2011 Pages 1011-1013

Corinne Patching van der Sluijs

Marivic Lagleva

Andrew Pesle

Kean-Seng Lim

Hani Bittar

Michael Dibley

Background

Childhood obesity is increasing in prevalence. Effective interventions are needed, including those promoting healthy lifestyle habits in children and adolescents.

Objective/s

This article describes the development and feasibility of a peer led health promotion program in a New South Wales high school and the role GPs can play in community based health promotion activities.

Discussion

The Students As Lifestyle Activists (SALSA) program was developed by general practitioners, a local community health organisation and a local high school. Preliminary evaluation suggests that a peer led approach is feasible, acceptable and valued by both students and staff.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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