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BACKGROUND Encouraging cycling is an important way to increase physical activity in the community. The Cycling Connecting Communities (CCC) Project is a community-based cycling promotion program that included a range of community engagement and social marketing activities, such as organised bike rides and events, cycling skills courses, the distribution of(More)
In this study, we examined factors associated with children being driven to school. Participants were 1603 students (aged 9-11 years) and their parents from 24 public primary schools in inner western Sydney, Australia. Students recorded their modes of travel to and from school for 5 days in a student survey. Parents recorded their demographic data, their(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between various modes of transport to work and overweight and obesity, in men and women. METHODS The study was conducted using data from a representative sample of 6810 respondents who reported being in the workforce, extracted from the 2003 New South Wales Adult Health Survey, Australia.(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine possible associations between driving to work, physical activity and overweight and obesity. DESIGN Secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from a representative sample of the 2003 New South Wales Adult Health Survey, Australia. SUBJECTS A total of 6810 respondents aged 16 years or over. MEASUREMENTS Self-reported height and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness of a home based early intervention on children's body mass index (BMI) at age 2. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. SETTING The Healthy Beginnings Trial was conducted in socially and economically disadvantaged areas of Sydney, Australia, during 2007-10. PARTICIPANTS 667 first time mothers and their infants. (More)
BACKGROUND Studies have shown that a proportion of children as young as two years are already overweight. This indicates that obesity prevention programs that commence as early as possible and are family-focused are needed. This Healthy Beginnings Trial aims to determine the efficacy of a community-based randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a home visiting(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of a program to increase walking to and from school. DESIGN A cluster randomised controlled trial. SETTING 24 primary public schools in inner west Sydney, Australia. PARTICIPANTS 1996 students aged 10-12 years and their parents. INTERVENTION A two-year multi-component program included classroom activities,(More)
IMPORTANCE Little evidence exists on whether effects of an early obesity intervention are sustainable. OBJECTIVE To assess the sustainability of effects of a home-based early intervention on children's body mass index (BMI) and BMI z score at 3 years after intervention. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS A longitudinal follow-up study of the randomized(More)
BACKGROUND In 2001, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. The objectives of this study are to assess awareness of the WHO recommendation among first-time mothers (women at 24 to 34 weeks of pregnancy) and to explore the relationship between this awareness and mothers' intention to(More)
Promoting active transport is an increasingly important focus of recent health promotion initiatives addressing the major public health concerns of car dependence, decreased levels of physical activity and environmental health. Using active transport that relies less on the use of private cars and more on alternatives such as walking, cycling and public(More)