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Multicomponent mHealth-Based Intervention (SWAP IT) to Decrease the Consumption of Discretionary Foods Packed in School Lunchboxes: Type I Effectiveness–Implementation Hybrid Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Most Australian primary school children take a packed lunch to school every day, and lunchboxes often contain unhealthy snack foods and drinks. SWAP IT is an app-based program that encourages simple lunchbox swaps, replacing unhealthy foods with healthy foods. This study found that the SWAP IT program reduces the amount of unhealthy food in children’s lunchboxes. These changes in children’s eating habits could reduce the numbers of obesity and related health issueswith significant savings to the healthcare system

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Sutherland R, Brown A, Nathan N, Yoong S, Janssen L, Chooi A, Hudson N, Wiggers J, Kerr N, Evans N, Gillham K. A Multicomponent mHealth-Based Intervention (SWAP IT) to Decrease the Consumption of Discretionary Foods Packed in School Lunchboxes: Type I Effectiveness–Implementation Hybrid Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2021 Jun 24;23(6):e25256. https://www.jmir.org/2021/6/e25256

Project Summary:
The SWAP IT lunchbox program works and is ready to be used in more schools

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