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The Southampton Initiative for Health is a training intervention with Sure Start Children's Centre staff designed to improve the diets and physical activity levels of women of childbearing age. Training aims to help staff to support women in making changes to their lifestyles by improving three skills: reflection on current practice; asking 'open discovery' questions; and goal-setting. The impact of the training on staff practice is being assessed. A before and after non-randomized controlled trial is being used to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the intervention in improving women's diets and increasing their physical activity levels.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/1359105310371397

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of health psychology

Publication Date

01/2011

Volume

16

Pages

178 - 191

Addresses

Food Choice Group, MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD, UK. meb@mrc.soton.ac.uk

Keywords

Humans, Diet, Program Evaluation, Health Behavior, Motor Activity, Goals, Self Efficacy, Poverty Areas, Adult, Health Promotion, Cost-Benefit Analysis, England, Female