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Engaging teenagers in improving their health behaviours and increasing their interest in science (Evaluation of LifeLab Southampton): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

Engaging teenagers in improving their health behaviours and increasing their interest in science (Evaluation of LifeLab Southampton): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial
Engaging teenagers in improving their health behaviours and increasing their interest in science (Evaluation of LifeLab Southampton): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial
Background
Lifestyle and health behaviours are strongly linked to non-communicable disease risk, but modifying them is challenging. There is an increasing recognition that adolescence is an important time when lifestyle and health behaviours become embedded. Improving these in adolescents is important not only for their own health but also for that of their future children. LifeLab Southampton has been developed as a purpose-built classroom and laboratory in University Hospital Southampton. Secondary school students visit LifeLab to learn how childhood, adolescent and parental nutrition influences health, understand the impact of their lifestyle on their cardiovascular and metabolic health, and to inspire them with the excitement of research and future career possibilities in science. The LifeLab visit is part of a programme of work linked to the English National Curriculum. Pilot work has indicated that attitudes towards health can be changed by such LifeLab sessions.

Methods
A cluster randomised controlled trial is being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the LifeLab intervention, the primary outcome being a measurement of the change in nutrition, health and lifestyle literacy from before to after the LifeLab intervention. The LifeLab intervention comprises: professional development for the teachers involved, preparatory-lessons for the school students, delivered in school, a hands-on practical day at LifeLab including a ‘Meet the Scientist’ session, post-visit lessons delivered in school and the opportunity to participate in the annual LifeLab Schools’ Conference. This study aims to recruit approximately 2,500 secondary school students aged 13-14 years from 32 schools (the clusters) from Southampton and neighbouring areas. Participating schools will be randomised to control or intervention groups. The intervention will be run over two academic school years, with baseline questionnaire data collected from students at participating schools at the start of the academic year and follow- up questionnaire data collected approximately 12 months later.

Evaluation of LifeLab is a cluster randomised controlled trial (ISRCTN71951436, registered 25th March 2015), funded by the British Heart Foundation (PG/14/33/30827).
science education, health literacy, science literacy, nutrition literacy, cluster randomised trial, adolescent health, health behaviours, LifeLab
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Woods-Townsend, K., Bagust, L., Barker, M., Christodoulou, A., Davey, H., Godfrey, K., Grace, M., Griffiths, J., Hanson, M. and Inskip, H. (2015) Engaging teenagers in improving their health behaviours and increasing their interest in science (Evaluation of LifeLab Southampton): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16 (1), 372. (doi:10.1186/s13063-015-0890-z).

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Abstract

Background
Lifestyle and health behaviours are strongly linked to non-communicable disease risk, but modifying them is challenging. There is an increasing recognition that adolescence is an important time when lifestyle and health behaviours become embedded. Improving these in adolescents is important not only for their own health but also for that of their future children. LifeLab Southampton has been developed as a purpose-built classroom and laboratory in University Hospital Southampton. Secondary school students visit LifeLab to learn how childhood, adolescent and parental nutrition influences health, understand the impact of their lifestyle on their cardiovascular and metabolic health, and to inspire them with the excitement of research and future career possibilities in science. The LifeLab visit is part of a programme of work linked to the English National Curriculum. Pilot work has indicated that attitudes towards health can be changed by such LifeLab sessions.

Methods
A cluster randomised controlled trial is being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the LifeLab intervention, the primary outcome being a measurement of the change in nutrition, health and lifestyle literacy from before to after the LifeLab intervention. The LifeLab intervention comprises: professional development for the teachers involved, preparatory-lessons for the school students, delivered in school, a hands-on practical day at LifeLab including a ‘Meet the Scientist’ session, post-visit lessons delivered in school and the opportunity to participate in the annual LifeLab Schools’ Conference. This study aims to recruit approximately 2,500 secondary school students aged 13-14 years from 32 schools (the clusters) from Southampton and neighbouring areas. Participating schools will be randomised to control or intervention groups. The intervention will be run over two academic school years, with baseline questionnaire data collected from students at participating schools at the start of the academic year and follow- up questionnaire data collected approximately 12 months later.

Evaluation of LifeLab is a cluster randomised controlled trial (ISRCTN71951436, registered 25th March 2015), funded by the British Heart Foundation (PG/14/33/30827).

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 July 2015
Published date: 21 August 2015
Keywords: science education, health literacy, science literacy, nutrition literacy, cluster randomised trial, adolescent health, health behaviours, LifeLab
Organisations: Southampton Education School, Mathematics, Science & Health Education

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Local EPrints ID: 380859
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380859
ISSN: 1745-6215
PURE UUID: 1b8b9d22-fa54-4148-b902-ea949ae087be
ORCID for K. Woods-Townsend: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3376-6988
ORCID for M. Barker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2976-0217
ORCID for A. Christodoulou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7021-4210
ORCID for K. Godfrey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4643-0618
ORCID for M. Grace: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1949-1765
ORCID for M. Hanson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6907-613X
ORCID for H. Inskip: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8897-1749

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Date deposited: 18 Sep 2015 08:59
Last modified: 17 Mar 2021 02:43

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