About the project

PEACH stands for Personal and Environmental Associations with Children's Health. The aim of the PEACH Project is to investigate determinants of physical activity and eating behaviour in children. The Project is designed to map children's health behaviours in relation to their neighbourhood and the built environment, with a particular focus on changes in physical activity levels from primary to secondary school. Data collection started in 2006, with a focus on physical activity. The work continued throughout 2007 and 2008 with the development and introduction of additional measures to investigate eating behaviour.

The PEACH Project is funded jointly by the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

The NPRI funds research aimed at improving health and preventing diseases including cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, diabetes, obesity and stroke. The Initiative supports research on behaviours associated with significant risks to health, such as poor diet and physical inactivity, and on the environmental factors that influence those behaviours.

The WCRF is dedicated to providing research on the role of diet and physical activity in the prevention of cancer. It funds around 1 million of research each year into the link between cancer and diet, physical activity and weight management. It aims to improve our understanding of the causes of cancer and how it can be prevented.

The following sections give an overview of our current methodology and progress. These will be updated as the project develops. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Project.