Children are moving in Ballerup (CAMBA)

Data from this cohort originates from an intervention study in Ballerup county, and children from Tårnby county are the control group. The aim of the project was to examine the effect of an intervention with extra sport and teaching of health issues for schoolchildren from 5-10 years.

Ballerup and Tårnby started a controlled intervention project in August 2001. 1024 children from 46 preschool classes, respectively 10 schools in Ballerup and 8 schools in Tårnby accepted to participate in the research project.

The county carried out the intervention in Ballerup. Firstly the intervention included:

  • Additional hours in physical education from preschool class up till 3rd class, 2-4 hours and education in health issues.
  • Additional education of the physical education teachers.
  • Establishment of improved sports facilities at the intervention schools.

After the intervention, the municipality decided to open school canteens at all schools. Furthermore visiting nurses and home craft teachers have been offered additional education in healthy diet habits, and from the school magazine, the parents have been offered material on healthy lunch packs and everyday food.

Baseline data was collected in 2001/02, and in 2004-05 the follow-up was carried out. Data collection comprises:

  • Physiological health parameters with regard to obesity, fitness rating, blood pressure, glucose, hyperinsulinaemi, blood lipids, physical activity, bone density and dietary habits.
  • Mental and social status with regard to school performance, cognition, self-perception and social competences.
  • Motoric development.
  • Socio-demographic conditions.
  • The dietary data is at Research Unit for Dietary Studies, and comprises 7 days registration of the children’s diet in 2002 (n= 515) and in 2005 (n=430). An evaluation of the process of the school canteen project has been carried out.

    Dietary information

    7 days food diary (at baseline): 515 students
    7-ayss food diary (at follow-up): 430 students
    Age: 5-10 year

    In 2008/09 when the children were in seventh grade a new follow-up was conducted, with the purpose to evaluate possible long-term effects of the intervention. The data collection includes measurements on the following parameters:

    • Physiological health parameters with regard to obesity, fitness rating, blood pressure, glucose, hyperinsulinaemi, blood lipids, physical activity, bone density and dietary habits
    • Socio-demographic conditions
    • Motoric development

    The Research Unit for Dietary Studies has again conducted the dietary data, which includes 7 days registration of food intake in a food dairy developed by The National Food Institute (previously The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (DFVF)).

    For more information about the data, please visit: http://www.sdu.dk/rich