January 2016

The main purpose of this evaluation was to examine the impact of Healthy School Network (HSN) on the students’ physical health (measured by BMI and waist circumference). The evaluation was solely conducted among schools in the municipality of Odense where half of the schools were randomly selected to be HSN member schools, and the remainder served as a control group. The evaluation finds no significant effect of the programme on the children’s physical health. The evaluation offers a range of possible explanations for this, but in sum it can be concluded that a large-scale low-intensity intervention such as the HSN initiative, is not effective enough to generate any significant quantitative results on children’s physical health.


Eskil Heinesen

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