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[Sousse]Intervention based study to promote healthy lifestyles among overweight and obese schoolchildren
Tunisia (ASSOCIA-MED) - University of Sousse/ Faculty of Medecine of Sousse, Sousse
Department of Epidemiology ? Farhat Hached university hospital of Sousse, Tunisia
Pr. Hassen Ghannem
Pr. Hassen Ghannem / Dr. Jihene Maatoug
English - French - Arabic
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Tunisia is facing an epidemiological transition and prevalence of diabetes is increasing. This prevalence is going hand in hand with obesity which represents an important risk factor of type 2 diabetes that has increased among children worldwide including Tunisia during recent decades. Therefore, implementing and evaluating efficient prevention methods among people in schools is needed to reduce the risks that may occur.
What is the aim of the project?
This project aims to implement and evaluate a school based intervention over one year for 250 overweight and obese schoolchildren aged between 14 and 16 years old. The intervention consists mainly on structured physical activity and healthy diet. -Objective 1: To demonstrate the feasibility of a school based management program for obese and overweight adolescents in Sousse, Tunisia. -Objective 2: To demonstrate the effectiveness of a one year intervention program to manage obesity and overweight among schoolchildren in Sousse, Tunisia by: *Increasing 10% the proportion of schoolchildren who follow a balanced diet and a regular physical activity * Decreasing body mass index by 1.5 kg/m2 after one year intervention.
What techniques and methods are used?
Collecting Data: Pre and Post Evaluation of lifestyle habits and body mass index among 2 groups of obese and overweight schoolchildren considered at a high risk for diabetes: - The control group who doesn’t receive any specific intervention other than what the school medicine team generally advice. - The recruited schoolchildren whose overweight is managed during the intervention. Two intervention strategies were used: A collective intervention for all recruited children (overweight and obese) + an individual intervention for only obese children who require an intensive managing. Analyzing Data: Compare caloric intake, physical activity levels, body mass index, waist circumference and metabolic measures before and after the intervention, and between intervention and control groups
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Depending on the period of the exchange, the student is expected to take part in: - Collecting data in the work-field including: Administrating questionnaire about eating and physical activity habits and taking anthropometric measures and calculating body mass index. - Analyzing the collected data with the tutors.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Yes, if the student is not familiar with data analysis and biostatistics, readings or lectures would be provided.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a presentation
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
- A white coat is obligatory for this clinical research project.
- There are approximately 6 hours of work per day required.
- We insist on the motivation and reliability of the exchange student participating in this research project.
- The medical exchange students participating in this project should already have a global theoretical background about the topic of this research project.
- The exchange student is expected to prepare and deliver a power point presentation about this research project before getting his/her certificate. Participating in writing a paper for publication is optional.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
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