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The DASH study - Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Project funded by own resources
Project title The DASH study - Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Principal Investigator(s) Pühse, Uwe
Co-Investigator(s) Utzinger, Jürg
Walter, Cheryl
Gerber, Markus
du Randt, Rosa
Steinmann, Peter
Seelig, Harald
Müller, Ivan
Project Members Gall, Stefanie
Adams, Larissa
Nqweniso, Siphesihle
Joubert, Nandi
Smith, Danielle
Organisation / Research unit Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit / Sportwissenschaften (Pühse),
Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit / Sport und psychosoziale Gesundheit (Gerber),
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
Project Website http://www.dash-sa.com/
Project start 01.07.2014
Probable end 01.09.2018
Status Completed
Abstract

The DASH study, or in full the Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is a joint research project between the University of Basel, Switzerland, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland, and the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The aim of the project is to assess the burden and distribution of communicable diseases and non-communicable chronic conditions among approximately 1,000 primary school-aged children in selected underprivileged schools near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and to assess their effect on children’s physical fitness, cognitive performance and psychosocial health. Furthermore, the impact of key interventions, e.g. (1) physical education programme, (2) health and hygiene and education and (3) nutritional intervention, on overall child health will be estimated.

Keywords Body fat, body mass index, overweight, obesity, poor neighbourhoods, soil-transmitted helminths, South Africa
Financed by Other funds
   

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