Centre for Behavioural
Research in Cancer

Evaluation of LiveLighter healthy weight and lifestyle mass media campaigns

The ‘LiveLighter’ mass media campaign is targeted toward adults aged 25 to 64. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the health consequences of overweight and to encourage the adoption of simple changes towards leading a healthier lifestyle. The campaign was developed in Western Australia (WA) where it has been broadcast since 2012. It is funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia [WA] Division), which is contracted by the Department of Health WA to conduct the campaign in partnership with the Cancer Council WA.

The first campaign graphically depicts visceral fat of an overweight individual, while supporting advertising demonstrates simple changes to increase physical activity and eat healthier. The second campaign reminds people of this visceral imagery and focusses on the contribution of sugar-sweetened beverages to its development and ultimately disease. The third campaign also reminds people of this visceral imagery and focusses on the contribution of excessive consumption of junk food (fast food, sweet food, and salty snacks) to the development of ‘toxic fat’ and ultimately disease, with a new message about the link between overweight and fatty liver disease. The television-led campaign is complemented by cinema, radio, print and online advertising and a website (www.livelighter.com.au).

The evaluation aims primarily to measure proximal outcomes of campaign recall and perceived effectiveness, and secondarily to evaluate any impacts on awareness and attitudes related to diet and physical activity and more distal outcomes of change in intentions and behaviour. Some campaign elements have also been broadcast and evaluated in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Evaluation of the campaign in the different jurisdictions entails a mix of cross-sectional surveys and cohort studies, as well as some specific studies of population sub-groups. Most output is in the form of reports for programs, with major evaluation studies of note published as peer-reviewed journal articles.

CBRC staff

Dr Belinda Morley, Dr Helen Dixon, Prof Melanie Wakefield, Philippa Niven

Collaborators

Maurice Swanson, Maria Szibiak and Trevor Shilton (Heart Foundation Western Australia), Steve Pratt and Terry Slevin (Cancer Council Western Australia), Alison McAleese (Prevention Division, Cancer Council Victoria), Jennifer Ramsay (Heart Foundation ACT), Jennifer Browne (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation)

Funding

Heart Foundation of Western Australia, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, ACT Department of Health

Years

2012 - present