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Feasibility study and pilot cluster randomised trial of the GoActive Intervention aiming to promote physical activity among adolescents: outcomes and lessons learnt.

K Corder, H Brown, A Schiff, E van Sluijs BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 11;6(11):e012335. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012335. Abstract OBJECTIVES: Assess the feasibility of implementing the GoActive intervention in secondary schools, to identify improvements, test study procedures, determine preliminary effectiveness to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and inform power calculations to establish programme effectiveness. SETTING: Feasibility study […]

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Frequency and duration of physical activity bouts in school-aged children: A comparison within and between days.

Hannah L Brooke, Andrew J Atkin, Kirsten Corder, Soren Brage, Esther MF van Sluijs Prev Med Rep. 2016 Oct 26;4:585-590. eCollection 2016. Abstract Understanding how physical activity (PA) patterns vary within and between days may guide PA promotion in young people. We aimed to 1) describe and compare the frequency (bouts/day) and duration (min/bout) of […]

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Exploring equity in primary-care-based physical activity interventions using PROGRESS-Plus: A systematic review and evidence synthesis

Attwood S, van Sluijs EMF, Sutton S Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2016 May 20;13(1):60 Abstract Background: Little is known about equity effects in primary care based physical activity interventions. This review explored whether differences in intervention effects are evident across indicators of social disadvantage, specified under the acronym PROGRESS-Plus (place of residence, race/ethnicity, occupation, […]

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Age-related patterns of vigorous-intensity physical activity in youth: The International Children’s Accelerometry Database.

Corder K, Sharp SJ, Atkin AJ, Andersen LB, Cardon G, Page A, Davey R, Grøntved A, Hallal PC, Janz KF, Kordas K, Kriemler S, Puder JJ, Sardinha LB, Ekelund U, van Sluijs EM; International Children’s Accelerometry Database (ICAD) Collaborators. Prev Med Rep. 2016 May 16;4:17-22. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.05.006. eCollection 2016 Dec. Abstract Physical activity declines during […]

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Correlates of home and neighbourhood-based physical activity in UK 3-4-year-old children.

Jill A. Hnatiuk, Kathryn R. Hesketh, Esther M.F. van Sluijs Eur J Public Health. 2016 May 11. pii: ckw067. [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Background: Identifying context-specific correlates of home- and neighbourhood-based physical activity in preschool-aged children may help improve intervention program development for these settings. Methods: A total of 153 3-4-year-old children were recruited through preschool […]

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School polices, programmes and facilities, and objectively measured sedentary time, LPA and MVPA: associations in secondary school and over the transition from primary to secondary school

Katie L. Morton, Kirsten Corder, Marc Suhrcke, Flo Harrison, Andy P. Jones, Esther M. F. van Sluijs and Andrew J. Atkin International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2016 13:54 DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0378-6 Abstract Background There is increasing policy interest in ensuring that the school environment supports healthy behaviours. We examined the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between schools’ policies, programmes and facilities for physical activity (PA) and adolescents’ objectively-measured activity intensity during the school […]

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Impact of offering cycle training in schools upon cycling behaviour: a natural experimental study

Anna Goodman, Esther M. F. van Sluijs and David Ogilvie International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity201613:34, DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0356-z Abstract Background: England’s national cycle training scheme, ‘Bikeability’, aims to give children in England the confidence to cycle more. There is, however, little evidence on the effectiveness of cycle training in achieving this. We therefore examined whether […]

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Identifying correlates and determinants of physical activity in youth: How can we advance the field?

Andrew J. Atkin, Esther M.F. van Sluijs, James Dollman, Wendell C. Taylor, Rebecca M. Stanley Prev Med. 2016 Mar 3;87:167-169. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.02.040 Abstract This commentary provides a critical discussion of current research investigating the correlates and determinants of physical activity in young people, with specific focus on conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues. We draw on […]

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Will Physically Active Lessons Improve Academic Achievement for All or Widen the Achievement Gap?

Sara E. Benjamin Neelon, Kathryn R. Hesketh, Esther M. van Sluijs Pediatrics. 2016 Mar;137(3):1-3 Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2015-4137 (Open Access)

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School grounds and physical activity: Associations at secondary schools, and over the transition from primary to secondary schools

Flo Harrison, Esther M.F. van Sluijs, Kirsten Corder, Andy Jones Health & Place, Volume 39 doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.02.004 Abstract This paper aims to further understanding of the physical environments of secondary schools and their associations with young peoples’ physical activity. Accelerometer-derived physical activity measurements from 299 participants in the SPEEDY study (Norfolk, UK) were obtained from baseline […]

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