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February 2023

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Is the cost-effectiveness of an early childhood sleep intervention affected by socioeconomic position?
An economic modelling study showed that offering an infant sleep intervention to parents from low socioeconomic backgrounds may be both a cost-effective and equitable strategy to prevent childhood obesity.
Mapping intervention components from a randomized controlled trial to scale-up of an early life nutrition and movement intervention: The INFANT program
A study to examine what and why changes were made to enable scaling up of the INFANT program, an early childhood obesity prevention intervention
Factors contributing to the sustained implementation of an early childhood obesity prevention intervention: The INFANT Program. 
Insights into factors influencing sustained implementation of the INFANT program after cessation of state-wide prevention funding initiative.
Perinatal support for breastfeeding using mHealth – feasibility study of the My Baby Now app
The My Baby Now app provides a credible source of breastfeeding support across the perinatal period.  Feasibility study showed the app is acceptable and perceived to be useful, particularly for women with lower levels of education.
Describing the longitudinal breakfast quality index trajectories in early childhood: results from Melbourne InFANT program
A longitudinal study showed children's breakfast quality is declining across the first five years of age, with low breakfast quality associated with higher risks of overweight. 
Evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based early-life nutrition interventions in a community setting a hybrid type 1 non-randomized trial – the Nutrition Now project protocol.
A study protocol to assess the impact of a Norwegian e-learning resource (Nutrition Now) on child diet quality.  The intervention targeted parent and child diet from pregnancy through to early childhood, carers’ feeding practices and meal environments in the early childhood education and care sector.
News & Events
Prof Louise Baur at WHO, Geneva
In her capacity as the President of the World Obesity Federation, Prof Louise Baur attended the World Health Organisation Assembly Executive Board Meeting in Geneva on 5th Feb 23.  Measures on obesity are going backwards and the number of people with obesity is predicted to double across the globe.  Louise called for Member States to integrate policy actions around obesity into countries’ strategies and that they be adequately financed, protected from industry interference, and made in consultation with civil society and people with lived experience.
What do you say when people ask, "what's your research about?"
EPOCH-Connect Community of Practice

23rd Feb 1pm AEDT on Zoom
Being able to communicate complex ideas in an engaging way is essential to achieving higher research impact.  This interactive meeting will explore how you can tell others about your research effectively.          
EPOCH-Connect community of practice is a place for early and mid-career researchers from diverse disciplines to network and collaborate on activities related to the early prevention of childhood obesity in the early years (0-5 years). To join or find out more, see here.   
TOPCHILD Collaboration on Twitter
The TOPCHILD Collaboration has a new Twitter Handle – follow @TOPCHILD_Collab for posts about members of the Collaboration, our latest progress and results, and evidence synthesis and behaviour change research methods. You can also follow the public list of TOPCHILD Collaborators here 
Visiting International Scholar
Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar from University College Cork, Ireland will be visiting the Stream 1 team in April 2023, thanks to a Visiting International Research Fellowship from Flinders University.
The Lancet Summit - Childhood obesity:  consequences across the life course
March 2-3, 2023 | Virtual | Free to attend
The consequences of childhood obesity can be life-long and perpetuate into the next generation.  This conference will bring together a global, multidisciplinary group of speakers and highlight emerging research on the many facets of this complex issue. Register here
Ian Potter Foundation – Public Health Research Grant Success
A team led by Rebecca Golley has been awarded funding for a project titled: Transforming Obesity Prevention for CHILDren: A decision aid for public health policy makers (TOPCHILD-Policy). The grant team includes EPOCH-Translate researchers Lene Seidler, Kylie Hunter, Brittany Johnson, Sarah Hunter, Vicki Brown, Sarah Taki and several policy partners. Funding will support the team in developing and co-design a digital platform to support policymakers in decision-making and evidence-based intervention strategies to prevent childhood obesity in the first 2000 days of life, with lasting impact into both childhood and later adult life.

Promotion - Professor Alison Hayes
Congratulations on a successful promotion to Professor Alison Hayes at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney.  Prof Hayes and team developed the first health economic model (the EPOCH model) to estimate the economic and health consequences of reducing obesity in early childhood.  She co-leads the health economic research stream in CRE EPOCH-Translate to understand the cost and benefits of early childhood obesity prevention interventions for different population groups.  


The Centre for Research Excellence in Translating Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (CRE EPOCH-Translate) is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC ID:APP2006999 from 2022-2026.

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