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02 January 2019

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 out-of-home care and their carers. The findings revealed no evidence for the efficacy of the HEAL intervention for either young people or their carers. The authors suggested the most likely explanation for finding no effect from the program was difficulties associated with: (1) collecting quantitative data for evaluative purposes in vulnerable populations; and (2) implementing interventions in complex environments. The paper concluded with a summary of lessons learnt and recommendations for future research in residential care.