Research articles demonstrating the results of the “Students As LifeStyle Activists” (SALSA) Program.

[ARTICLE] School-level socioeconomic status influences adolescents’ health-related lifestyle behaviours and intentions

Background: School-level socioeconomic status (SES) influences on adolescents’ lifestyle behaviors is understudied. We examined how school-level SES and sex influence adolescents’ health-related lifestyle behaviors and intentions.

Conclusions: Students from low ICSEA schools would benefit from additional support to improve dietary-related behaviors and intentions. More research is required to identify what targeted approaches will address sex differences in adolescents’ lifestyle behaviors.

[ARTICLE] Adolescent-led strategies within the home to promote healthy eating and physical activity

Objectives: This study aimed to identify barriers, facilitators and potential intervention strategies for adolescents to use within the home to promote healthy eating and active living.

Conclusion: The strategies suggested by peer leaders in this study add to the limited literature of potential low-intensity interventions which young people can use to enable healthy lifestyle change in their home environment.

[ARTICLE] Attitudes and perceived barriers toward healthy lifestyle behaviours in Jordanian adolescents: a developing country perspective

Background and aims: There is an urgent need to address the role of healthy diet and behaviors promoting health among school adolescents in order to tailor appropriate interventions in Jordanian schools. This study aims to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Arabic version of Students As LifeStyle Activists (SALSA) survey alongside Jordanian adolescents’ attitudes and perceived barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.

Conclusion: Interventions should be tailored to health attitudes and beliefs of Jordanian school students in parallel with improving physical resources and enhancing peer and/or friend support.

[ARTICLE] Impact and cost of the peer-led Students As LifeStyle Activists programme in high schools

Objective: To determine the impact of a peer-led, school-based programme (Students As LifeStyle Activists; SALSA) on energy balance–related behaviours (EBRBs) in Grade 8 students, and the cost of implementing the programme.

Conclusion: The SALSA peer education programme had a positive impact on most of the dietary EBRBs examined. The cost evaluation showed that it is a relatively low-cost programme to implement.