What is it about?

Interventions targeting multiple settings might hold the most promise in reducing the risk of unhealthy nutritional status. This is a protocol study to evaluate the efficacy of the 3-month i-MaCHeL programme, a web-based, theory-driven intervention to change weight-related behaviour in preschool child-parent dyads.

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Why is it important?

The combination of the classroom and interactive Web-based activities will have a strong potential to be effective strategies to sustain child-parent engagement and participation in the weight-related behaviour change programme.


If the study found to be efficacious, we hope that the i-MaCHeL programme may have the potential to be a new programme for the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) to assist preschool teachers in promoting a healthy lifestyle in early childhood education and at the same time empowering the role of parents as gatekeepers of their child’s diet and physical activity. This article will serve as a guideline in developing suitable recommendations and nutritional interventions for communities, which may help reduce the burden of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) to overcome the complications of obesity.

Sharifah Wajihah Wafa Syed Saadun Tarek Wafa
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

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This page is a summary of: An interactive Malaysian Childhood Healthy Lifestyle (i-MaCHeL) intervention programme to change weight-related behaviour in preschool child-parent dyads: Study protocol of a cluster randomised controlled trial, PLoS ONE, October 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0276843.
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