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Table 1 REFRESH Intervention

From: The protocol of a randomized controlled trial for playgroup mothers: Reminder on Food, Relaxation, Exercise, and Support for Health (REFRESH) Program

Session (Week) Session Details Participant resources/interactive activities
1 (Week 1) 1. Introduction to Refresh Program
2. Overview of healthy eating and being physically active
3. Focus nutrition: fruits, vegetables and water
• Guidelines
• Benefits/barriers/overcoming barriers
1. Resources:
• Program booklet
• Healthy recipe booklet
• Session one information summary pamphlet
2. Interactive activity:
• Determine participant program needs
2 (Week 5) 1. Focus behaviour change:
• Stages of change
• Goal setting: long and short term goals
2. Focus physical activity: aerobic
• Guidelines
• Benefits/barriers/overcoming barriers
3. Focus nutrition: five food groups and 'extra' foods
• Guidelines
• Benefits/barriers/overcoming barriers
1. Resources:
• Pedometer
• Family dinner and physical activity planner (fridge magnet)
• 'Extra' food record sheet
• Session two information summary pamphlet
2. Interactive activity:
• Playgroup 10,000 steps per day challenge
3 (Week 9) 1. Focus behaviour change:
• Review established short term goals
• Set new short term goals
2. Focus physical activity: Muscle strength and flexibility exercises
• Guidelines
• Benefits/barriers/overcoming barriers
1. Resources:
• Muscle strength and flexibility exercise card (fridge magnet)
• Physical activity diary
• Session three information summary pamphlet
2. Interactive activity:
• Muscle strength and flexibility exercises
• Integrated exercises "
4 (Week 13) 1. Focus behaviour change:
• Review established short term goals
• Set new short term goals
2. Focus nutrition:
• Healthy eating messages
• Menu planning
• Food label reading
• Making sense of nutritional claims
1. Resources:
• Shopping list with healthy shopping tips
• Comparing packaged food per 100 g (fridge magnet)
• Session four information summary pamphlet
2. Interactive activity:
• Reading packaged food labels
• Developing a daily menu
5 (Week 17) 1. Focus behaviour change:
• Review established short term goals
• Set new short term goals
• Overcoming relapses
2. Focus nutrition: fats and sugars
• Recommended intake
• Benefits/barriers/overcoming barriers
1. Resources:
• Session five information summary pamphlet
2. Interactive activity:
• Modifying recipes
• Healthy cooking methods
6 (Week 21) 1. Focus behaviour change:
• Review established short term goals
• Social support
2. Focus nutrition: Fibre and Glycemic Index
• Recommended intake
• Benefits/barriers/overcoming barriers
1. Resources:
• Session six information summary pamphlet
2. Interactive activity:
• Modifying recipes
• Healthy cooking methods