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Eat Smart, Play Smart - A Manual for Out of School Hours Care. The Heart Foundation’s OSHC Nutrition and Physical Activity Project Ernestine van Herwerden Claire Flanagan National Heart Foundation of Australia (Victorian Division).

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Eat smart play smart a manual for out of school hours care

Eat Smart, Play Smart- A Manual for Out of School Hours Care

The Heart Foundation’s OSHC Nutrition and Physical Activity Project

Ernestine van Herwerden

Claire Flanagan

National Heart Foundation of Australia (Victorian Division)


Project goal

To increase awareness of healthy eating and physical activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

Project Goal


Project description 1
Project Description (1) activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • Needs Assessment (n=25)

    • esp with programs in rural/regional and socio-economically disadvantaged areas

  • Resource development

    • draft manual

    • Pilot (n=50) and expert feedback (n>10)

    • Edit, design and print (n=800)

  • Launch and associated media/PR


Project description 2
Project description (2) activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • Implementation and dissemination

    • order forms used to collect baseline data

    • targeted mail outs

  • Evaluation

    • Baseline (n=426)

    • Controls (n=70)

    • Wave 1 follow up (n=294)

    • Wave 2 follow up (n=215+49)

    • Qualititative site visits (n=7)

  • Professional development and training

  • Ongoing targeted PR activities


Project impact
Project Impact activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • Uptake by ~700 VIC OSHC programs

  • High reach

  • Satisfaction with content and layout


Satisfaction at 3 mths
Satisfaction at 3 mths activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.


Satisfaction at 6 9 mths
Satisfaction at 6-9 mths activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

Still 96% satisfaction


Project impact1
Project Impact activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.


Project impact2
Project Impact activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • High reach

    • 55% voluntary uptake by sector

    • 700 Victorian OSHC programs

    • Over 18,000 Victorian children

  • High satisfaction

  • Sustained satisfaction

  • Changes in practice as a result of project:

    • 83% learned new things about nutrition

    • 71% learned new things about physical activity

    • 69% offer a greater variety of physical activities

    • 67% serve healthier food choices


Contextual factors
Contextual factors activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • Enthusiasm of individuals, stakeholders and sector

  • Partnerships and collaboration throughout project period

  • Introduction of Quality Assurance

  • Launch by Federal Health Minister

  • Media priorities


Community engagement
Community engagement activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • FACILITATORS:

    • Large need in under-resourced sector

    • Identification of mutual benefit opportunities

    • Introduction of Quality Assurance System

    • Key stakeholder support and ‘word of mouth’

    • Media interest (esp targeted local and regional media and PR)

  • BARRIERS:

    • Working hours

    • Resources / capacity


Evaluation
Evaluation activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • Enhanced understanding of sector specific issues

  • Tells a ‘good story’

  • Realignment of project plan / strategies

  • Assisted with project momentum / staff motivation

  • Identified project strengths and weaknesses

  • Helped support funding submissions


Sustainability

FACILITATORS: activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

Comprehensive stand alone resource manual

Library copies

Web based resources

Key stakeholder & sector involvement throughout

Quality Assurance

Evaluation findings

BARRIERS:

Lack of sector coordination re: training

Resources

Sustainability


Next time
Next time activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

  • Realistic budgets and timelines

  • Increase project officer EFT allocation

  • Keep it simple

  • Apply for further funding earlier (if possible)


Contact details
Contact details activity among staff working in Victorian Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programs; and parents and children using Victorian OSHC programs.

Ernestine van Herwerden / Claire Flanagan

National Heart Foundation of Australia

(Victorian Division)

411 King Street

West Melbourne VIC 3003

Phone (03) 9329 8511

Fax (03) 9321 1574

[email protected]

[email protected]


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