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Table 3 Intervention 'taster' sessions

From: Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: The DEAL (DiEt and Active Living) study

Diet only sessions
Location Topic Intervention session aims, content and mode of delivery
   Awareness raising Skill development/Learning activities Delivery#
Primary school 5-a day fruit and vegetables * The five-a day message
* Fruit and salad alternatives to energy dense snacks
* Making simple fruit and salad vegetables dishes;
* Tasting session;
* Fruit and vegetable goal setting
* Interactive knowledge sessions;
* Small group work
Secondary school Healthy snacks * Incorporating dietary alternatives to energy dense drinks/snacks e.g. one smoothie per day * Design and make fruit smoothies and savoury dips;
* Tasting session
* Small group work
  Fats in the diet The role of fats:
* as part of a healthy diet;
* in the energy density of foods
* Group discussion;
* Worksheets;
* Demonstration of types of fats
* Understanding traffic light food labelling
* Powerpoint presentation;
* Whole group demonstration
POW Breakfast options * Importance of eating breakfast;
* The impact of skipping breakfast on food intake throughout the day
* Discussion/reflection on own habits;
* Tasting session of various healthy breakfast options
* Powerpoint presentation and discussion;
* Whole group activities
PA only sessions
Primary school Benefits of PA * Understanding the benefits of PA;
* Maintaining healthy body weight
* Circuit training- style range of activities;
* Group discussion
* Local authority PA advisor-led whole group and small group activities
  Conventional sport * Using popular activity to reinforce PA messages * Game of football;
* Group discussion
* Team game; Whole group activities
Secondary school "Street dance" * Using popular activity to reinforce PA messages * Learning and executing a dance routine;
* Group discussion
* Professional-led dance session;
* Whole group activities
  PA frequency, intensity, type and time (FITT) principles * Physical activity requirements for health;
* FITT principles;
* Active leisure;
* Increasing PA in daily activities and reducing sedentary behaviours
* Group discussion;
* Worksheets;
* Goal setting (to accumulate additional 1 hr PA over individually set timeframe)
* Power-point presentation;
* Small group activities
POW Physical activity and energy balance * Principles of PA;
* How PA is linked to energy balance
* Group discussion;
* Worksheets;
* Demonstration of pulse reading
* Power-point presentation;
* Small group activities;
* Whole group demonstration
Combined Diet and PA sessions
Primary school Arterial stiffness * Heart health;
* Heart and arterial stiffness in relation to diet, PA and cardiovascular fitness
* 20 m 'shuttle run' assessment of cardiovascular fitness * Powerpoint presentation and discussion
* Small group activities
  Energy balance * Principles of energy balance. * Worksheets;
* Interactive session with foods;
* Quiz
* Powerpoint presentation;
* Small group activities
  1. # all sessions were led by researchers unless otherwise stated