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NOURISH Randomised Controlled Trial: Positive eating behaviours and obesity prevention

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The NOURISH RCT evaluated a community based intervention for first-time mothers that promoted protective feeding practices as a primary prevention strategy for childhood obesity.  Researchers investigated whether early anticipatory guidance increased ‘protective’ feeding practices that support development of health child eating behaviours, intake and growth.

Mothers were recruited from major maternity hospitals in Brisbane and Adelaide in 2008-2009 using consecutive sampling, for consent to be contacted regarding full enrolment into the study at child age 4-7 months.  Upon contact at that time, 698 mothers consented to enrol in NOURISH, underwent baseline assessment and were randomised into control and intervention groups.  The intervention group attended two modules, the first after baseline assessment at 4-7 months of age, and the second at child age 12-16 months of age.  Each module consisted of six, fortnightly sessions with a Dietitian and psychologist, covering aspects of infant nutrition, healthy growth and feeding practices and parenting.  The control group had self-directed access to universal child health services.

Child anthropometry was measured by study staff using a standard protocol, at age 4-7 months, 12-16 months, 2, 3.5 and 5 years.  Mothers also competed questionnaires at these time points assessing  parental feeding practices and child eating behaviour.  Child dietary intake was measured using 3 days of intake at 4-7 months, 12-16 months and 2 years (1x24hr recall and 2-day food record).  At 3.5 and 5 years, mothers reported child intake using a single 24-hr recall.

Geographical area of data collection

Brisbane, QLD, Australia; Adelaide, SA, Australia


Daniels, Lynne, Wilson, Jacinda, Mallan, Kimberley, Mihrshahi, Seema, Perry, Rebecca, Nicholson, Jan, & Magarey, Anthea (2012) Recruiting and engaging new mothers in nutrition research studies: lessons from the Australian NOURISH randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, pp. 1-11. http://eprints.qut.edu.au/56758

Research areas

Nutrition and Dietetics, Health Promotion, Community Child Health, Peadiatrics
Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Community Child Health

Related information

Positive eating behaviours and obesity prevention – results of the NOURISH RCT https://www.adelaide.edu.au/hda/news/TCOMagarey&Mauch.pdf

Partner institution

https://www.flinders.edu.au/ Flinders University


Funding scheme:
NHMRC Project Grants
National Health & Medical Research Council

Duration of research activity

From 06/01/2008 00:00:00 to 06/30/2011 00:00:00


Has association with
Ann Farrell  (Researcher)
Lynne Daniels  (Researcher)
Has output
NOURISH  (Research data set)


Name: Emeritus Professor Lynne Daniels


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