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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)
BACKGROUND The risk factors for chronic disease, smoking, poor nutrition, hazardous alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and weight (SNAPW) are common in primary health care (PHC) affording opportunity for preventive interventions. Community nurses are an important component of PHC in Australia. However there has been little research evaluating the(More)
Women are less likely than men to reach recommended levels of physical activity and have unequal access to active leisure time. Studies in Australia have consistently found that women are only half as likely as men to be adequately active. A community-based multi-strategic health promotion intervention, 'Concord, A Great Place to be Active', was implemented(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)
ISSUE ADDRESSED The consumption of soft and other sweetened drinks is an emerging nutrition issue in Australia. In 2005-6, 63% of NSW children aged between 2 and 15 years consumed sweetened drinks (soft drinks, cordials or sports drinks) weekly, 33% of which consumed at least 6 cups per week. In 2008 NSW Health implemented the 'Water Campaign' to increase(More)
BACKGROUND Social marketing integrates communication campaigns with behavioural and environmental change strategies. Childhood obesity programs could benefit significantly from social marketing but communication campaigns on this issue tend to be stand-alone. METHODS A large-scale multi-setting child obesity prevention program was implemented in the(More)
PURPOSE To explore childhood obesity through mothers' perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Descriptive qualitative study using in-depth interviews. Sixteen in-depth interviews were conducted with primiparous mothers of children aged 0-2 years. The questions focused on nutrition, the context of eating in the family,(More)
INTRODUCTION South African men are less likely to get tested for HIV than women and are more likely to commence antiretroviral treatment (ART) at later stages of disease, default on treatment, and to die from AIDS compared with women. The purpose of this study was to conduct formative research into the ideational and behavioral factors that enable or create(More)
This paper explores access to and acceptability of home visiting for early childhood health and wellbeing among the New South Wales population. The study examined demographic and social characteristics of children and their families to identify the factors that predicted home visiting by a community health nurse or volunteer, as well as the level of(More)
BACKGROUND Lifestyle risk factors like smoking, nutrition, alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity (SNAP) are the main behavioural risk factors for chronic disease. Primary health care is an appropriate setting to address these risk factors in individuals. Generalist community health nurses (GCHNs) are uniquely placed to provide lifestyle interventions(More)