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Health Promotion Journal of Australia

Marcelo Rocha Radicchi, Lenny Papertalk, Sandra Thompson
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Social inclusion is important for mental health and, schools are important settings for creating positive attitudes against prejudice. Capoeira is a Brazilian traditional culture that is a mixture of dance, martial arts and games, and has many educational possibilities. Since it arose from and helped people rise above black oppression, the purpose of the project was introducing the content of capoeira to primary school students with the aim of promoting of mental health and preventing prejudice behaviours using an intercultural perspective in a school where nearly half the students are Aboriginal...
November 2, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Kathryn Reilly, Nicole Nathan, Alice Grady, Jason H Y Wu, John Wiggers, Sze Lin Yoong, Luke Wolfenden
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Improving implementation of school healthy canteen policies requires a comprehensive understanding of implementation barriers. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess a range of barriers, as reported by canteen managers, using a quantitative survey instrument developed based on a theoretical framework. METHODS: A cross sectional survey of primary school canteen managers from the Hunter New England region of New South Wales was conducted of eligible schools in the study region identified as having an operational canteen...
November 1, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Nathan J Wilson, Reinie Cordier, Richard Parsons, Sharmila Vaz, Marina Ciccarelli
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The activities and wellbeing outcomes from participating at Men's Sheds are the focus of a growing body of research. Although many Men's Sheds have a clear health or social philosophy, this does not always translate into health and social activities. METHOD: This cross-sectional survey explored the health promotion and social inclusion activities of Men's Sheds and features of Sheds that predict greater levels of these activities. All Australian Men's Sheds were invited to participate...
October 31, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Sharleen Gonzalez, Tara Clinton-McHarg, Melanie Kingsland, Alix Hall, Christophe Lecathelinais, Sharin Milner, Shauna Sherker, Ben Rogers, Christopher Doran, Daisy Brooke, John Wiggers, Luke Wolfenden
ISSUES ADDRESSED: To: i) describe the prevalence of policies and practices promoting healthy eating implemented by sports clubs with junior teams; ii) examine differences in such practices across geographic and operational characteristics of clubs; and iii) describe the attitudes of club representatives and parents regarding the acceptability of sports clubs implementing policies and practices to promote healthy eating. METHODS: Cross sectional telephone surveys of junior community football club management representatives and parents/carers of junior players were conducted in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, Australia in 2016...
October 28, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Rebecca Seah, Rebecca J Mitchell
ISSUE ADDRESSED: As injuries are preventable, understanding the age profile of specific injury mechanisms is critical for developing injury prevention strategies. This study examined the profile and temporal trends of injury mortality of young people aged ≤24 years in Australia across developmental life stages. METHOD: A retrospective analysis of injury deaths of young people aged ≤24 years was conducted using closed cases from the National Coronial Information System during 2001-2013...
October 25, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Amy Bestman, Samantha L Thomas, Melanie Randle, Hannah Pitt, Mike Daube
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Community-based gambling venues provide a range of activities for children alongside adult products, such as gambling. However, there has been little examination of children's experiences with, and exposure to, a range of gambling and non-gambling activities within venues. METHODS: Visual sociology methods were used to measure unprompted recall, prompted recall, current use and intended adult use of activities in community gambling venues in 44 children who attended venues...
October 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Elizabeth Peterson, Rosalina Richards, Bronwen McNoe, Anthony I Reeder
ISSUES ADDRESSED: Cutaneous melanomas and keratinocyte carcinomas (nonmelanoma skin cancer) are highly prevalent in New Zealand (NZ), making skin cancer a priority area for cancer control. Spring is an important time for encouraging sun-safety, due to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels becoming hazardous. The news media have a potential to play an important role in reminding people and emphasising the importance of sun-safety. This study aimed to describe how the traditional NZ media portrayed sun-safety and skin cancer in spring news stories...
October 1, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Nicola Wiseman, Christin Rossmann, Jessica Lee, Neil Harris
ISSUE ADDRESSED: A child's preference for active or sedentary play is a key proximal indicator of a child's physical activity behaviour. There is a need to understand children's physical activity preferences in order to make physical play more enjoyable to them, and this may encourage participation and a more positive relationship with physical activity. To date, little research has incorporated the perspectives of young children on this topic. This study specifically examines (a) what activities preschool children prefer; and (b) what children consider to be barriers and facilitators to participating in their preferred activity...
September 29, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Sue Noy, Rebecca Patrick, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Sonia Nuttman, Isabella Ryan
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Public health concerns about insufficient consumption of vegetables across all demographics in Australia has led to twenty years of behaviour change interventions ranging from social marketing to interactive small group programs, with modest results. To maximise health promotion intervention outcomes, practitioners need up-to-date information that helps them navigate the complexity of food systems and eating behaviours. METHODS: This scoping review of Australian and international research, including peer reviewed and grey literature, provides a picture of health promotion nutrition interventions, as well as other initiatives that may promote increased vegetable consumption...
September 20, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
K M Chitty, J A P Chow Chuen, E Howse, A M Thow
ISSUE ADDRESSED: This study aimed to develop a working checklist for university alcohol policies and apply this checklist to current policies in universities in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: We developed a working checklist of possible university alcohol policy approaches, drawn from the World Health Organisation's alcohol policy recommendations, university alcohol policy research from the United States and norms and expectations currently incorporated in Australian university alcohol policies...
September 17, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Penelope Abbott, Ron Brooker, Jennifer Reath
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Housing renewal is a common urban housing and development strategy internationally. An intended result is increased social inclusion and well-being of residents through public housing de-concentration. In this study, we examined challenges encountered during the process of housing renewal from the perspectives of community-based staff and volunteers. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with housing and community workers, service managers and community volunteers who were working with residents experiencing housing renewal in an outer metropolitan estate in New South Wales...
September 16, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Alyson J Crozier, Kevin S Spink, Guy Faulkner
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Public service announcements (PSA) targeting physical activity are not always effective at enacting behaviour change. One factor that may impact message effectiveness is whether the message matches its intent (ie, what norm is being portrayed and received). The current study explored the effects of two PSAs on parents' perceptions of outdoor play. METHODS: Parents (N = 333) completed a pre/postexperimental online survey to examine the acute impact of a PSA on their perception of how often children play outdoors (ie, descriptive norms)...
September 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Lily Lewington, Bernadette Sebar, Jessica Lee
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Men's health and lifestyle magazines are a popular medium through which hegemonic ideals of masculinity are displayed, influencing the way men behave and think about health.1, 2 METHODS: This study conducted a critical discourse analysis of Australia's most popular men's health and lifestyle magazine, Men's Health, in order to understand how health is presented to men. Six issues were examined, from April 2016 to September 2016. RESULTS: Three themes supporting hegemonic masculine discourses were revealed: a forged physique; (hetero)sexual prowess; and career dominance...
September 9, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Michelle I Jongenelis, Emily Brennan, Terry Slevin, Caitlin Kameron, Daniel Rudaizky, Simone Pettigrew
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) continue to grow in popularity, particularly among young adults. Understanding by whom various ENDS are being used and why within this population segment can assist the development of appropriate interventions targeting those most vulnerable to use and inform policy decisions in this area. Accordingly, this study assessed the demographic characteristics associated with ENDS use among Australian young adults, and reasons for current e-cigarette use...
September 6, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Seema Mihrshahi, Rimma Myton, Stephanie R Partridge, Emma Esdaile, Louise L Hardy, Joanne Gale
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Intakes of fruit and vegetables in children are inadequate. Our purpose was to examine national data on the proportion of Australian children meeting the fruit and vegetable recommendations in 2011-12 and 2014-2015, assessing changes over time and differences by age, sex and socio-economic status (SES). METHODS: Secondary analysis of 2011-2012 and 2014-2015 Australian National Health Surveys of Australian children aged 2-18 years. Percentages of children meeting fruit and vegetable recommendations by survey year, age group, sex and SES tertile were calculated using population weights supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)...
September 2, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jenny L Olson, Sonja March, Charlotte Brownlow, Stuart J H Biddle, Michael Ireland
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Australians living in peri-urban areas are insufficiently active, sedentary and experience poorer health than people in major cities. There are health benefits attributable to active lifestyles that could contribute to the improved health and well-being of this population. To support the adoption of active lifestyles, it is important to understand the unique context in which behaviour occurs. METHODS: The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of the social and physical peri-urban environment that may impact active lifestyles...
August 31, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Tamara D Street, Sarah J Lacey
BACKGROUND: "Workplace health promotion and protection" broadly refers to an integrated approach to workplace health and safety initiatives. There are substantial benefits to adopting such an approach, including the potential for: improvements to individual employees' health and well-being; increased productivity; and reduced safety risks and expenses. Yet many employers remain reluctant to shift from traditional safety initiatives and spending. This paper aims to demonstrate the value of investing in an integrated health promotion and protection approach by calculating the productivity costs associated with 11 modifiable health risks and 14 chronic conditions in an Australian mining company...
August 31, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Andrew Joyce, Debbie Ollis, Sarah Kearney, Loksee Leung, Emily Foenander
ISSUE ADDRESSED: Implementation fidelity relates to the degree of adherence to implementation protocols and content and helps to guide replication of evidence-based programs. In settings-based research, notions of fidelity have been applied more often to delivery of education content rather than whole of setting change. The aims of this paper were firstly, to analyse how contextual factors influenced implementation of a whole school program on respectful relationships education, and secondly given the findings, discuss whether a more flexible approach to implementation fidelity may have yielded increased school engagement...
August 31, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Aimee L Brownbill, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Caroline Miller
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The Health Star Rating (HSR) System provides a useful tool to communicate health and nutrition messages to consumers. Given the large contribution from sugar-containing beverages to sugar intake in the Australian diet and the adverse health outcomes associated with frequent consumption, it is important to investigate how the HSR System is displayed on beverages. Our research measured and compared the presence of the HSR System on the labels of sugar-containing and sugar-free beverages in Australia...
August 29, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Jennifer Browne, Catherine MacDonald, Mikaela Egan, Robyn Delbridge, Alison McAleese, Belinda Morley, Petah Atkinson
ISSUE ADDRESSED: The reach and impact of the LiveLighter and Aboriginal sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) advertisements among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. METHODS: The Aboriginal SSB advertisement launched online in January 2015 and aired on NITV in October/November 2015 as part of the Government-funded LiveLighter campaign. The advertisement was developed in Victoria and featured members of the Victorian Aboriginal community. Another LiveLighter advertisement targeting the general population was broadcast over the same period...
August 25, 2018: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
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