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Missed opportunities in the evaluation of public health interventions: a case study of physical activity programmes.

Sarah Hanson, Andy Jones BMC Public Health. 2017 Aug 22;17(1):674. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4683-z. Abstract BACKGROUND: Evidence-based approaches are requisite in evaluating public health programmes. Nowhere are they more necessary than physical activity interventions where evidence of effectiveness is often poor, especially within hard to reach groups. Our study reports on the quality of the evaluation of […]

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Dog ownership supports the maintenance of physical activity during poor weather in older English adults: cross-sectional results from the EPIC Norfolk cohort.

Wu YT, Luben R, Jones A J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017 Jul 24. pii: jech-2017-208987. doi: 10.1136/jech-2017-208987 Abstract BACKGROUND: Dog ownership has been suggested to encourage physical activity in older adults and may enhance resilience to poor environmental conditions. This study investigates the role of dog ownership and walking as a means of supporting the […]

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Recruiting adult participants to physical activity intervention studies using sport: a systematic review.

Rachel Cook, Andy Jones BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2017 Jul 11;3(1):e000231. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000231. Abstract OBJECTIVE: To undertake a systematic review of the effectiveness of recruitment mechanisms for engaging and retaining target participants in sports interventions to promote physical activity behaviour change in adults. DESIGN: A narrative systematic review of published studies providing details of […]

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Weather, Day Length and Physical Activity in Older Adults: Cross-Sectional Results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Norfolk Cohort

Yu-Tzu Wu, Robert Luben, Nicholas Wareham, Simon Griffin, Andy Jones PLoS One. 2017 May 31;12(5):e0177767. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177767. eCollection 2017. Abstract Background: A wide range of environmental factors have been related to active ageing, but few studies have explored the impact of weather and day length on physical activity in older adults. We investigate the cross-sectional […]

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Weather and children’s physical activity; how and why do relationships vary between countries?

Flo Harrison; Anna Goodman; Esther Van Sluijs; Lars Bo Andersen; Greet Cardon; Rachel Davey; Kathleen F Janz; Susi Kriemler; Lynn Molloy; Angie S Page; Russ Pate; Jardena J Puder; Luis B Sardihna; Anna Timperio; Niels Wedderkopp; Andy P Jones Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017 May 30;14(1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0526-7. Abstract Background: Globally most children […]

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Changes in diet from age 10 to 14 years and prospective associations with school lunch choice.

Eleanor M Winpenny, Kirsten Corder, Andy Jones, Gina L Ambrosini, Martin White, Esther MF van Sluijs Appetite. 2017 May 5;116:259-267. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.05.012 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.05.012 Lay summary Children change what they like to eat as they grow older. The school they go to and the food they are given there will influence how what they eat changes. […]

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Seasonality in swimming and cycling: Exploring a limitation of accelerometer based studies

Flo Harrison, Andrew J Atkin, Esther M F van Sluijs, Andy P Jones Preventive Medicine Reports, Volume 7, September 2017, Pages 16–19 Abstract Accelerometer-based studies of children’s physical activity have reported seasonal patterns in activity levels. However, the inability of many accelerometers to detect activity while the wearer is swimming or cycling may introduce a […]

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Residential neighbourhood greenspace is associated with reduced risk of incident diabetes in older people: a prospective cohort study.

BMC Public Health. 2016 Nov 18;16(1):1171. Dalton AM, Jones AP, Sharp SJ, Cooper AJ, Griffin S, Wareham NJ. Abstract Background: Three cross sectional studies suggest that neighbourhood greenspace may protect against incident diabetes. This study uses data from a longitudinal study with a large sample size to investigate the association between greenspace and the occurrence […]

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Perceived and objectively measured environmental correlates of domain specific physical activity in older English adults

Wu YT, Jones NR, van Sluijs EM, Griffin SJ, Wareham NJ, Jones AP. J Aging Phys Act. 2016 Oct;24(4):599-616 Abstract We examine the relative importance of both objective and perceived environmental features for physical activity in older English adults. Self-reported physical activity levels of 8,281 older adults were used to compute volumes of outdoor recreational […]

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Promoting physical activity interventions in communities with poor health and socio-economic profiles: A process evaluation of the implementation of a new walking group scheme

Sarah Hanson, Jane Cross, Andy Jones Social Science & Medicine, 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.09.035 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Walking groups have known health benefits but may not operate in communities with the greatest health needs, leading to the potential for increasing health inequity. This study examined the process of implementing a new volunteer led walking group scheme […]

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