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Geography and Environmental Science

Research project: The Wessex FRIEND Toolbox (Family Risk IdEntificatioN and Decision)

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We will update and derive locally sensitive area-based measures of child poverty, food poverty and access to green space. These will be available for utilisation by the local Council to identify areas and populations where resources are most needed to reduce existing health inequalities.

Start date: Oct 2019
End date: Oct 2021

We have created a tool to predict childhood obesity at school age which can be calculated at multiple time points. This project aims to produce a user-friendly version of this tool, called the SLOPE CORE (Childhood Obesity Risk Estimation) Tool, built into a website and a smartphone app, for the use of health and care professionals interacting with young families as well as parents/carers.

We will update and derive locally sensitive area-based measures of child poverty, food poverty and access to green space. These will be available for utilisation by the local Council and will aid the SLOPE CORE Tool in targeting preventive action and support towards disadvantaged families. The intention is to address social inequalities (food, child poverty and poor access to greenspace) which in turn will positively impact obesity and ill health risk in disadvantaged households.

We will provide these tools on one platform, the Wessex FRIEND (Family Risk IdEntificatioN and Decision) Toolbox, along with a social networking intervention, Genie, which will be made relevant to families with young children to see if it supports more engagement with existing community members, activities and resources, and develop links with new network members.

Related research groups

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)
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