December 2011


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


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


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.


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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