(T0 = baseline survey; T1 = full follow-up; T2 = mail survey)
The intervention was designed to address key obesity-related behaviours (diet, physical activity and stress) in 4 levels: individual (children), family (parents), schools and community. Six messages, related to these behaviours were delivered through 10 modules targeted across all the levels.
The six key messages targeted by the IDEFICS intervention and overview of the modules by behavioural focus and intervention level
The different IDEFICS intervention modules can be briefly described as follows, according to their intervention level:
This and more detailed information, and results of the IDEFICS can be found in following publications:
- Verbestel V, de Henauw S, Marild M, Storcksdieck S, Fernandez Celemin L, Gallois K, et al. The IDEFICS intervention toolbox - a guide to successful obesity prevention at community level. Public Health - Social and Behavioral Health2012. p. 3-40.
- Verbestel V, de Henauw S, Maes L, Haerens L, Marlid S, Eiben G, et al. Using the intervention mapping protocol to develop a community-based intervention fpr the prevention of childhood obesity in a multi-centre European project: the IDEFICS intervention. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011;82(8).
- IDEFICS supplement on intervention
In December 2015 a special issue titled “Prevention of childhood obesity: Results from the IDEFICS study” was published by the journal Obesity Reviews. All articles can be found (OpenAccess) at the archive of the journal Obesity Reviews here.