ResourcesThe Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) has various resources available – you can read our annual report, get project resources or reports, or view a seminar video. For journal publications, please go to the 'Our team and publications' page, find the researcher you’re interested in and view their individual publications.
Research project resources
The REVAMP study
The Recording and EValuating Activity in a Modified Park (REVAMP) study was a natural experiment that examined the impact of the installation of a play-scape on park visitation and park-based physical activity compared with a control park. The intervention park was a large metropolitan park (Brimbank Park) located in a low socio-economic status neighbourhood in Melbourne, Australia. The $1.1 million play-scape included a maze, nature play area, climbing equipment and various sculptures and was designed with the intent of bringing children and accompanying adults back to nature and was suitable for children of all abilities.
The installation of the new play-scape took place from September 2013 to February 2014. Park visitation and park-based physical activity were assessed before the play-scape installation (2013), and at 12 months (2014) and 24 months (2015) post-installation.
The study found that as a result of the refurbishment:
- Brimbank Park had over two and a half times more park visitors, relative to the control park.
- Brimbank Park had more than double the amount of park visitors observed engaging in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA), relative to the control park.
- Visitors to the new play-scape area increased more than seven times at Brimbank Park, whereas visitor counts at the playground at the control park decreased slightly over the same period.
This study was a finalist in the 2016 VicHealth Awards, Promoting Physical Activity. Some of the dissemination materials are available and are free to use with the following acknowledgement: Deakin University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, REVAMP study. The study was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP120200396) and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and City West Water, and included four partners: Parks Victoria, VicHealth, Brimbank City Council and City West Water. Trial Registration: Current controlled trial ISRCTN50745547.
The main outcomes for this study can be found in the journal publication by Veitch et al., The REVAMP natural experiment study: the impact of a play-scape installation on park visitation and park-based physical activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2018, 15:10.
The REVAMP study at IPAN
This natural experiment provides crucial evidence that the design and installation of a new play-space has the potential to positively influence park visitation and park-based physical activity among children and adults.
ShopSmart 4 Health Project
ShopSmart 4 Health was a behavioural intervention aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable purchasing and consumption among socioeconomically disadvantaged women. The study was conducted in 2011. It involved the provision of behaviour change supports and resources targeting nutrition-related and budgeting skills and self-efficacy, perceived affordability, and barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption, via both print and a face-to-face (supermarket tour) format. The program was extremely well-subscribed and well-received and rated by participants. Results showed that it increased vegetable consumption among socioeconomically disadvantaged women.
This study was the recipient of the 2013 VicHealth Health Promotion Award for Healthy Eating. Some of the study resources are available here and are free to use with the following acknowledgement: Deakin University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, ShopSmart 4 Health study. Please note that the content of these resources is the original content used in the project and has not been updated.
Further information about the ShopSmart 4 Health study can be found in the journal publication by Ball et al., ShopSmart 4 Health: results of a randomized controlled trial of a behavioral intervention promoting fruit and vegetable consumption among socioeconomically disadvantaged women1,2, Am J Clin Nutr 2016;104:436–45.
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 1 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 2 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 3 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 4 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 5 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 6 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 7 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- IPAN Shop Smart Issue 8 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
For students and researchers, we have a suite of accessible reports that offer the latest research and valuable insights across a range of research programs.
- Reliability Questionnaire Study Summary Report for IPAN (PDF, 574 KB)
- Teachers' perceived confidence in teaching secondary school food and nutrition subjects in Australia (PDF, 274 KB)
- Teachers' perceived confidence in teaching VCE Food Studies (PDF, 219 KB)
- Food, health and education professionals' opinions of senior secondary school food literacy education (PDF, 227 KB)
- Monitoring Salt Intake Summary (PDF, 170.2 KB)
- Consumer Salt Survey summary (PDF, 96.1 KB)
- Recruitment and Retention in Health Programs Report (PDF, 268.0 KB)
- CLASS Children's leisure activity study (PDF, 777.6 KB)
- Park refurbishment (PDF, 433.5 KB)
- SESAW Socioeconomic and neighbourhood inequalities (PDF, 112.8 KB)
- Food Knowledge Survey Report (PDF, 326.5 KB)
- The Five Country Study 2014 Report 1: Food Marketing and Communication Preliminary Findings (PDF, 255.4 KB)
- The Five Country Study 2014 Report 2: Perceptions of Weight Control and the Causes of Obesity (PDF, 198.2 KB)
IPAN hosts some incredible seminars featuring our own experts as well as national and international experts. Some are available online later.
IPAN’s Food Policy Symposium
On Wednesday 15 August 2018, guest speakers Dr Sandro Demaio (Chief Executive Officer, EAT Foundation) and Associate Professor Jessica Fanzo (Co-chair, the Global Nutrition Report) joined IPAN’s Professor Mark Lawrence and Dr Philip Baker to present IPAN’s Food Policy Symposium.
IPAN Truth & Sleuth event: When treehouses become screenhouses
Screens are infiltrating our lives. Whether it’s smartphones, tablets or game consoles, there is uncertainty about the impact of screen time on children’s physical, mental and social health outcomes. Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Lauren Arundell delivers an engaging and thoughtful presentation on the latest research about the impacts of screen time on children and offers some useful techniques to help parents to reduce screen time in the home. (19 September 2019).
Recent seminars include:
IPAN’s Food Policy Symposium
On Wednesday 15 August 2018, guest speakers Dr Sandro Demaio (Chief Executive Officer, EAT Foundation) and Associate Professor Jessica Fanzo (Co-chair, the Global Nutrition Report) joined IPAN’s Professor Mark Lawrence and Dr Philip Baker to present IPAN’s Food Policy Symposium. Nearly 120 policy influencers, health professionals and stakeholders attended to hear presentations about recent worldwide policy progress and innovation at global, national and city levels, the political barriers and enablers to achieving policy reform and future possibilities for changes.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Trends in the U.S.: Implications for Policy, Research and Practice
In her presentation to Deakin University, Dr Charlotte Pratt from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA highlighted the trends taking place in the US around nutrition and physical activity, and about the kind of research needed to change policy and practice to address the global obesity epidemic.
Her presentation, Nutrition and Physical Activity Trends in the United States: Implications for Policy, Research and Practice notes the trends in children, adolescents and adults as well as reviewing and assessing nutritional changes over time.
Parks for Healthy Communities Forum
On Thursday 12 May 2016, over 55 stakeholders participated in the Parks for Healthy Communities Forum, co-hosted by Parks Victoria, IPAN and Deakin's Health, Nature and Sustainability (HNS) research group.
Current and future priorities for food policy: International insights
IPAN hosted a free seminar on Monday 22 February 2016 featuring Professor Marion Nestle, Professor Martin Caraher, Professor Monique Raats and Professor Mark Lawrence speaking about food policy issues.
Knowledge, Nudge or Nanny: What have we learnt from the recent UK efforts to change diets?
IPAN and COMPaRE-PHC hosted a free seminar on Wednesday 14 October 2015 presented by Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, University of Oxford.
Prof Jebb reflected on what has been learnt from recent UK efforts to change diets. Her presentation was thought provoking and informative. Over 60 attendees from a range of government, non-government, industry and academic workplaces attended the seminar.
How can policy support the provision of healthy food in communities? Lessons learned from a global perspective
Dr Corinna Hawkes, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, World Cancer Research Fund International, presented a free seminar at Deakin University’s Melbourne City Centre.