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Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of the Adolescents and Surveillance System for the Obesity Prevention Project

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ABSTRACT

The Adolescents Surveillance System for Obesity prevention (ASSO) Project aimed at developing standardized and web-based tools for collecting data on adolescents’ obesity and its potential determinants. This has been implemented and piloted in the local area of Palermo city, Italy. The aim of the present study is to provide an overview of the Project's design, implementation, and evaluation, highlighting all the aspects for a potential scale-up of the surveillance system on the whole national territory and abroad, as a sustainable and effective source of data.

The overall structure and management, the ASSO-toolkit, the ASSO-NutFit software, and all developed and used procedures for recruiting, training, and data collecting/analyzing are addressed. An interim evaluation has been performed through a feasibility study; a final Project evaluation has been performed reporting the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) and the attributes that a surveillance system should have.

This article provides a detailed overview of the Project and highlights that ASSO can be considered a valid, logical, coherent, efficient, and sustainable surveillance system that is consistent with countries’ needs and priorities.

The system developed by the ASSO Project provides high-quality data and complies with several characteristics typical of a suitable surveillance system. It has a potential of being adopted within the National Health Service and other countries’ Health Services for monitoring adolescents’ obesity and its determinants, such as food intakes, behaviors, physical activity, and fitness profiles.

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Snapshot of the ASSO-NutFit software interface of the ASSO-FFQ compiled by the students.
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Figure 4: Snapshot of the ASSO-NutFit software interface of the ASSO-FFQ compiled by the students.

Mentions: Figure 3A shows a snapshot of the ASSO-NutFit interface with Administrators registering Institutes and teachers from each school. Once teachers are registered, a username and password are automatically sent to them, so they can have access to the software. Teachers from the science area have the role of registering students (Figure 3B), who are automatically provided in their turn with username and password to their E-mail addresses. Students can then have access to the application and compile the questionnaires. Figure 4 provides a snapshot of the interface of the ASSO-FFQ compiled by the students. Other snapshots of the questionnaires’ interfaces can be found on the Supplemental Digital Content 2.


Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of the Adolescents and Surveillance System for the Obesity Prevention Project
Snapshot of the ASSO-NutFit software interface of the ASSO-FFQ compiled by the students.
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Figure 4: Snapshot of the ASSO-NutFit software interface of the ASSO-FFQ compiled by the students.
Mentions: Figure 3A shows a snapshot of the ASSO-NutFit interface with Administrators registering Institutes and teachers from each school. Once teachers are registered, a username and password are automatically sent to them, so they can have access to the software. Teachers from the science area have the role of registering students (Figure 3B), who are automatically provided in their turn with username and password to their E-mail addresses. Students can then have access to the application and compile the questionnaires. Figure 4 provides a snapshot of the interface of the ASSO-FFQ compiled by the students. Other snapshots of the questionnaires’ interfaces can be found on the Supplemental Digital Content 2.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

The Adolescents Surveillance System for Obesity prevention (ASSO) Project aimed at developing standardized and web-based tools for collecting data on adolescents’ obesity and its potential determinants. This has been implemented and piloted in the local area of Palermo city, Italy. The aim of the present study is to provide an overview of the Project's design, implementation, and evaluation, highlighting all the aspects for a potential scale-up of the surveillance system on the whole national territory and abroad, as a sustainable and effective source of data.

The overall structure and management, the ASSO-toolkit, the ASSO-NutFit software, and all developed and used procedures for recruiting, training, and data collecting/analyzing are addressed. An interim evaluation has been performed through a feasibility study; a final Project evaluation has been performed reporting the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) and the attributes that a surveillance system should have.

This article provides a detailed overview of the Project and highlights that ASSO can be considered a valid, logical, coherent, efficient, and sustainable surveillance system that is consistent with countries’ needs and priorities.

The system developed by the ASSO Project provides high-quality data and complies with several characteristics typical of a suitable surveillance system. It has a potential of being adopted within the National Health Service and other countries’ Health Services for monitoring adolescents’ obesity and its determinants, such as food intakes, behaviors, physical activity, and fitness profiles.

No MeSH data available.