Cost-effectiveness of community-based childhood obesity prevention interventions in Australia.

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Summary of "Cost-effectiveness of community-based childhood obesity prevention interventions in Australia."

The objective of this study is to examine, from a limited societal perspective, the cost-effectiveness of community-based obesity prevention interventions (CBIs)-defined as a programme of community-level strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity for Australian children (aged 5-18 years).


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Name: International journal of obesity (2005)
ISSN: 1476-5497


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