Our vision is to identify key levers to prevent obesity in adolescents through the implementation of a systems approach at community level.
We aim to understand how the adolescents’ views, attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity, nutrition and sleep are influenced by the systems in which they are embedded, and how this is affecting their health.
To achieve this, we will create a set of assessment tools and methods that will be the foundation to building a data base which will be the powerhouse of our research providing opportunities for modelling interventions or policy changes and their potential impact.
We equally aim to explore how digital health solutions could bring additional benefits and equity.
A key aspect of this node is also to build capacity and to empower communities to explore opportunities for change toward producing the conditions of healthy lifestyles and preventing obesity.
Our work builds on five years of collaboration between the Charles Perkins Centre and the University of New Caledonia on physical activity, diet and nutrition in the Pacific region. We aim to better understand adolescents’ behaviours and how interventions could be designed and implemented to effectively prevent obesity and its complication.
With the team brought together in this node, we aim to further build capacity and to extend the scope of our research.
In particular, key questions we aim to answer include:
Through our ongoing collaboration we have achieved significant outcomes in innovation, publications and grants. We now look forward to further widening our reach, attracting large-scale grants and developing our impact.
Innovation in Digital health
iEngage is a technology supported educational and change behaviour program using a digital platform delivered through an app and activity trackers. Through 10 modules, children learn about physical activity and acquire new skills including setting goals and self-assessing achievements.
The program has been delivered in a rural school in Lifou (New Caledonia) and in urban schools in Sydney.
Our research brings together a team of researchers and community leaders that has expertise across a range of disciplines and cultures.
Providing a forum to voice their concerns, hopes and vision for the future, we will bring adolescents at the centre of our research because they are central to achieving the 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The Node is a network of networks (SFNN: Sydney Food and Nutrition Network, existing CPC nodes; PIURN (Pacific Islands University Research Network), CRESICA (Consortium pour la Recherche, l’Enseignement Supérieur et l’Innovation Calédonien), FALAH (Family Farming, Lifestyle and Health in the Pacific).