Evid Based Nurs 7:105 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.4.105
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A school based programme to reduce carbonated drink consumption reduced obesity in children

 Q Does a school based educational programme aimed at reducing consumption of carbonated drinks prevent excessive weight gain in children?



cluster randomised controlled trial.


unclear allocation concealment.



GraphicFollow up period:

1 year.


6 junior schools in the UK.


644 children 7–11 years of age (mean age 9 y, 50% boys) in 29 classes. Each class formed a cluster.


school based educational programme (intervention) (15 clusters, n = 325) or no intervention (14 clusters, n = 319). The intervention comprised four 1 hour sessions (1 each term) that focused on discouraging consumption of carbonated drinks. Teachers assisted in sessions and reinforced the message during lessons. The first session focused …

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