Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 40, Issue 12, December 2011

A partnership for health Working with schools to promote healthy lifestyle

Corinne Patching van der Sluijs Marivic Lagleva Andrew Pesle Kean-Seng Lim Hani Bittar Michael Dibley
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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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