19 December 2018

The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Study: Outcomes, lessons learnt and future recommendations

The study examined the efficacy of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) program for young people living in residential OOHC and their carers. The findings revealed no evidence for the efficacy of the HEAL intervention for either young people or their carers. The most likely explanation for the null result was difficulties associated with: (1) collecting quantitative data for evaluative purposes in vulnerable populations; and (2) implementing interventions in complex environments. The paper concludes with a summary of lessons learnt and recommendations for future research in this unique setting.