From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Community Based Interventions

Community-based interventions address the individual, social and environmental influences on behaviour making them consistent with ecological models of health (Merzel et al 2003). We are currently involved in two community based interventions. DEAL is a study aimed at developing child- and family-based interventions designed to prevent childhood obesity in ethnic minority children. We are also involved in a study, starting November 2010, that will aim to improve well-being in people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds during the transition period from end of treatment of breast cancer to survivorship.



Rawlins E, Baker G, Maynard M, Harding S. Perceptions of healthy eating and physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of young children and their parents: the DEAL prevention of obesity study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2013;26:132-44

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Maynard MJ, Baker G, Rawlins E, Harding S. Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: the DEAL (DiEt and Active Living) study. BMC Public Health 2009;9:480

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