Despite a growing focus on the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in schools, we still know little about the conditions for their effectiveness. In this contribution we look for possible explanations for the success or failure of lifestyle interventions among school-going children based on examples. The examples covered in this contribution include impulse control among children, parental involvement in interventions, and the availability of unhealthy food in the proximity of schools. We argue that the sometimes limited effectiveness is related to characteristics of children, parents, schools, and the social context, and especially of the complex interaction between these characteristics.
- healthy school approach
- lifestyle interventions