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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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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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Reflections on physical activity intervention research in young people – dos, don’ts, and critical thoughts

Esther M. F. van Sluijs and Susi Kriemler Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 201613:25 DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0348-z Abstract Background. Physical activity has been associated with many benefits throughout the life course. As levels of physical activity appear to be insufficient in large populations, the development of effective interventions to promote or maintain activity levels in […]

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The school environment and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour: a mixed-studies systematic review.

Morton KL, Atkin AJ, Corder K, Suhrcke M, van Sluijs EM Obes Rev. 2016 Feb;17(2):142-58. doi: 10.1111/obr.12352. Epub 2015 Dec 18. Abstract There is increasing academic and policy interest in interventions aiming to promote young people’s health by ensuring that the school environment supports healthy behaviours. The purpose of this review was to summarize the […]

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The independent prospective associations of activity intensity and dietary energy density with adiposity in young adolescents.

van Sluijs EM, Sharp SJ, Ambrosini GL, Cassidy A, Griffin SJ, Ekelund U Br J Nutr. 2016 Mar;115(5):921-9. doi: 10.1017/S0007114515005097. Epub 2016 Jan 13. Abstract There is limited evidence on the prospective association of time spent in activity intensity (sedentary (SED), moderate (MPA) or vigorous (VPA) physical activity) and dietary intake with adiposity indicators in […]

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Family-based Interventions to Increase Physical Activity in Children: A Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis and Realist Synthesis

Brown HE, Atkin AJ, Panter J, Wong G, Chinapaw MJ, van Sluijs EM Obes Rev. 2016 Jan 12. doi: 10.1111/obr.12362. [Epub ahead of print] Abstract OBJECTIVE: Family-based interventions represent a potentially valuable route to increasing child physical activity (PA) in children. A dual meta-analysis and realist synthesis approach examined existing interventions to assist those developing programmes […]

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Features of the UK childcare environment and associations with preschooler’s in-care physical activity.

Hesketh KR, van Sluijs EM. Prev Med Rep. 2015 Dec 17;3:53-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.12.004. Abstract Objective: Features of the childcare environment may influence children’s in-care physical activity (PA). We assessed the association between UK preschool care-provider, environmental and policy factors and 3-4-year-olds’ average daily in-care sedentary behaviour (SED) and PA. Methods: In 2013, we used accelerometers […]

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Engaging families in physical activity research: a family-based focus group study.

Brown HE, Schiff A, van Sluijs EM BMC Public Health. 2015 Nov 25;15(1):1178. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2497-4. Abstract Background: Family-based interventions present a much-needed opportunity to increase children’s physical activity levels. However, little is known about how best to engage parents and their children in physical activity research. This study aimed to engage with the whole family to […]

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Seasonal Variation in Children’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Time

Andrew J Atkin, Stephen J Sharp, Flo Harrison, Soren Brage, Esther M F van Sluijs Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Purpose: Understanding seasonal variation in physical activity is important for informing public health surveillance and intervention design. The aim of the current study was to describe seasonal variation […]

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