Families Reporting Every Step to Health (FRESH) is an innovative program of research designed to engage directly with families to develop a family-based physical activity intervention for children.
Physical activity has been repeatedly and positively associated with beneficial health outcomes for children. We know that exercise is great for bone health, heart health, and mental health in our kids (plus, it can be fantastic fun!)
Despite this, recent figures suggest that almost 70% of boys, and 80% of girls, do not achieve their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
By getting our kids more active, we can help them grow, learn and have fun. Spending time active with their families may bring additional benefits (for example, improved family functioning and cohesion).
FRESH is an innovative program of research to engage with families to develop a family-based physical activity intervention for children. We have conducted an extensive review, meta-analysis and realist synthesis of current work, to see what has worked and what hasn’t. We have been speaking with families about ways they can be more active, and ways to reduce time spent sitting – taking their ideas on things what would be effective for them.
We’re now using this information to develop a range of intervention strategies, which we hope to test in upcoming pilot and feasibility studies.
If you’d like to learn more about this exciting work, please contact FRESH@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk
FRESH Information Sheets