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Empowering aspects for healthy food and physical activity habits: adolescents' experiences of a school-based intervention in a disadvantaged urban community.

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Source
Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2018; 13(sup1):1487759
Publication Type
Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Date
2018
Author
Christopher Holmberg
Christel Larsson
Peter Korp
Eva-Carin Lindgren
Linus Jonsson
Andreas Fröberg
John E Chaplin
Christina Berg
Author Affiliation
a Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science , University of Gothenburg , Gothenburg , Sweden.
Source
Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2018; 13(sup1):1487759
Date
2018
Language
English
Publication Type
Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior
Attitude
Diet
Exercise
Feeding Behavior
Female
Focus Groups
Food Handling
Health Behavior
Health Promotion - methods
Humans
Learning
Male
Poverty
Power (Psychology)
School Health Services
Schools
Social Class
Sports
Sweden
Urban Population
Vulnerable Populations
Abstract
This study aimed to describe adolescents' experiences of participating in a health-promoting school-based intervention regarding food and physical activity, with a focus on empowering aspects. Method: The school was located in a urban disadvantaged community in Sweden, characterized by poorer self-reported health and lower life expectancy than the municipality average. Focus group interviews with adolescents (29 girls, 20 boys, 14-15 years) and their teachers (n = 4) were conducted two years after intervention. Data were categorized using qualitative content analysis.
A theme was generated, intersecting with all the categories: Gaining control over one's health: deciding, trying, and practicing together, in new ways, using reflective tools. The adolescents appreciated influencing the components of the intervention and collaborating with peers in active learning activities such as practicing sports and preparing meals. They also reported acquiring new health information, that trying new activities was inspiring, and the use of pedometers and photo-food diaries helped them reflect on their health behaviours. The adolescents' experiences were also echoed by their teachers. Conclusions: To facilitate empowerment and stimulate learning, health-promotion interventions targeting adolescents could enable active learning activities in groups, by using visualizing tools to facilitate self-reflection, and allowing adolescents to influence intervention activities.
PubMed ID
29972679 View in PubMed
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