Ms Fiona Geaney, Prof Ivan Perry, Ms Clare Kelly , Ms Jessica Scotto Di Marrazzo, Ms Sarah Fitzgerald, Dr Tony Fitzgerald with additional input from Dr Anne Kirby (Health Economics, UCC)
The focus for WP-4 is on the design and conduct of intervention studies addressing the prevention and management of obesity and the promotion of healthier food choices across the life-course in clinical, workplace and community settings, including collaborative work with the food retail sector. In WP-4, the CHDR will extend and consolidate its ongoing work over the past five years on three large scale intervention projects addressing diet in pregnancy (ROLO study, completed); diet in the workplace (Food choice at work study, ongoing); and an intervention study focused on the management of morbid obesity in childhood(Integrating technology and paediatric weight management. A randomized controlled trial, ongoing). Specifically, the work plan for WP-4 will include completion of the intervention studies in the work place and in the clinical management of morbid obesity in childhood, a proposal for a trial comparing surgical and non-surgical interventions in adults and the evaluation of a retail led dietary intervention in pregnancy building on the findings from the ROLO Study. The WP-4 work-plan will also include a number of additional sub-studies linked to the development of a national obesity clinic database.
The WP-4 work plan includes projects in five inter-related areas:
- Completion of the ongoing Food Choice at Work intervention study [Ms Fiona Geaney, Prof Ivan Perry];
- The management of severe obesity in children, including completion of the ongoing study “Integrating technology and paediatric weight management. A randomized controlled trial” [Ms Grace O’Malley, Dr Sinead Murphy, Prof Ivan Perry];
- The management of severe obesity in adults including ongoing work on the national obesity clinic database and work on the protocol for an RCT comparing the effect of surgical and non-surgical interventions in the management of severe obesity in adults:- Self-Monitoring Intensive Lifestyle Environment Intervention (SMILE Study) [Dr Donal O’Shea, Dr John Meghan];
- Evaluation of the application of a retail-led diet and lifestyle communication package (with smart phone application) targeted at pregnant women [Dr Mary McCarthy, Prof Pat Wall.