Doing more physical activity and sitting less is important for health and well-being in young people. However, many are not active for the government recommended time of 60 minutes per day, and they also sit for long periods. This is particularly true for adolescents. This unhealthy lifestyle is heavily influenced by the environment in which they live and spend most of their time.
The CASE project aims to find ways to help young people be more active and sit less within the school environment. This is in line with the Department of Health physical activity policies, the overall goal that schools will be active promoters of health in childhoodand adolescence.
This project, funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, will increase our understanding of how secondary schools can help young people move more and sit less throughout the school day. It will help us find out what strategies would be most effective, acceptable and provide the best value for money. The CASE project involves:
- Identifying potential intervention strategies by reviewing the literature and analysing existing datasets.
- Including adolescents, parents, teachers, school architects, commissioners and other experts in the prioritisation of promising interventions.
- Testing the feasibility of two interventions in schools. This may include changing the physical environment of the outside space or features of the classroom, or implementing novel school-level policies that focus on adolescent activity and sedentary time.
Outputs and resources
Reports and evidence briefs
- Review of the non-academic (‘grey’) literature (pdf)
- Evidence Brief: Making the ‘CASE’ for Active School Environments (pdf)
- Engaging stakeholders and target groups in prioritising CASE interventions
Peer reviewed publications (open access)
- The school environment and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour: A mixed-studies systematic review (pdf)
- School polices, programmes and facilities, and objectively measured sedentary time, LPA and MVPA: associations in secondary school and over the transition from primaryto secondary school (pdf)
- Engaging stakeholders and target groups in prioritising a public health intervention: the Creating Active School Environments (CASE) online Delphi study (pdf)
How to be involved
For enquiries about CASE, please contact: