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The National Prevention Research Initiative Funds a New Study - Action 330 - to Increase Physical Activity in Primary Schools

28 April 2012

Many children do not take part in enough physical activity. For some children this is because they do not have enough opportunities to be physically active. The new ACTION330 study aims to examine whether provision of after school activity sessions, delivered by trained Teaching Assistants, can help those youngsters not usually involved in sports become more confident and proficient, and as a result more active.

Many children do not take part in enough physical activity. For some children this is because they do not have enough opportunities to be physically active.  The new ACTION330 study aims to examine whether provision of after school activity sessions, delivered by trained  Teaching Assistants, can help those youngsters not usually involved in sports  become more confident and proficient, and as a result more active.  

ACTION330 is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between researchers within the University of Bristol’s Schools for Policy Studies and Social and Community Medicine, and colleagues at the University of the West of England. The team is also collaborating with local councils in the training of Teaching Assistants and the delivery of the intervention.

Dr Russ Jago, Reader in Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences who is leading the study, said: “Physical activity is an important public health issue and we need to build more opportunities for children to be physically active outside of curriculum time. ACTION330 provides a unique opportunity to assess the potential of training existing school personnel to deliver a new and exciting skills-based activity programme for Year 5 and 6 children”.

The study, which is funded by the Medical Research Council-led National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI), will begin in April 2012 and last for 29 months.

 

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