New research: School and Early Childhood Education Settings

Our NCOIS researchers have recently published six new studies:

The studies:

Lum, M.; Wolfenden, L.; Jones, J.; Grady, A.; Christian, H.; Reilly, K.; Yoong, S.L. Interventions to Improve Child Physical Activity in the Early Childhood Education and Care Setting: An Umbrella Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 1963. https:// Access publication and 2 page summary here

Lead Researcher on this study, Dr Melanie Lum
can be contacted here.


Grady A, Jackson JK, Lum M, Delaney T, Jones J, Kerr J, Falkiner M, Yoong S. Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention policies, practices or programs in family daycare: A mixed method systematic review. Prev Med. 2022 Mar 3:107011. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107011. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35248680. Access publication and 2 page summary here.

Lead Researcher on this study, Dr Alice Grady
can be contacted here.


Brown A, Sutherland R, Reeves P, Nathan N, Wolfenden L. Cost and Cost Effectiveness of a Pilot m-Health Intervention Targeting Parents of School-Aged Children to Improve the Nutritional Quality of Foods Packed in the Lunchbox. Nutrients 2021, 13, 4136. Access publication here.

Lead Researcher on this study, Alison Brown
can be contacted here.

Barnes C, Sutherland R, Jones J, Brown A, Stacey F, Wolfenden L. 
Maximising the adoption of a school-based mHealth intervention to improve the nutritional quality of student lunchboxes to ensure population-level impact. Health Promotion Journal of Australia (accepted February 2022). Access abstract here.

Lead Researcher on this study, Dr Courteney Barnes
can be contacted here.


Hall A, Wolfenden L, Shoesmith A, McCarthy N, Wiggers J, Bauman AE, et al., ‘The impact of an implementation intervention that increased school’s delivery of a mandatory physical activity policy on student outcomes: A cluster-randomised controlled trial’, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2021.12.005. Access abstract here.

Lead Researcher on this study, Dr Alix Hall
can be contacted here.


Yoong SL, Hall A, Stacey F, Nathan N, Reilly K, Delaney T, Sutherland R, Hodder R, Straus S, Wolfenden L. An exploratory analysis to identify behavior change techniques of implementation interventions associated with the implementation of healthy canteen policies. Transl Behav Med. 2021 Aug 13;11(8):1606-1616. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibab036. PMID: 33950223. Access abstract here.

Lead Researcher on this study, Dr Serene Yoong
can be contacted here.