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Professor Russ Jago

Professor Russ Jago

Professor Russ Jago
B.Sc.(C&GCHE), Ph.D.(R'dg)

Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity and Public Health

Office Room 3G5, 12 Woodland Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Principal Investigator, “A cluster randomised controlled trial of a Peer-Led Activity iNtervention for Adolescent girls (PLAN-A)NIHR Public Health Research Programme, 01/07/2018 – 31/12/2020

Co-Investigator, “The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC): A multi-generation, longitudinal resource focusing on life course health and well-being. Longitudinal Population Study support (Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council jointly), 1st August 2019-1st July 2024, (PI Nic Timpson, Bristol

Co-Investigator “ARC West”, 01/10/2019 – 30/09/2024,  (PI John Macloed, Bristol)

Co-Investigator, A multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an environmental nutrition and physical activity intervention in nurseries (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care - NAP SACC UK), 01/07/2019 to 31/12/2022 (PI Dr Ruth Kipping – Bristol)

Co-Investigator, “The Walking in Schools (WISH) Trial”, Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN), 01/04/2019 to 31/05/2022 (38 months), (PI Marie Murphy - Ulster 5% FTE).

Co-Investigator, “Feasibility Of An Intervention Co-Supporting Children and Fathers in Health Behaviour Change and Maintenance Following Father’s Participation in Football Fans in Training: FFITer families”, Chief Scientist Office,  01/08/2018 to 31/07/2020, (REF HIPS/18/16 (PI Kate Hunt – Stirling, 5% FTE).

Co-Investigator, “NIHR School for Public Health Research (Bristol)”, £2,250,000, 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2022 (PI Rona Campbell)



B-PROACTIV – PaRental influences On physical ACTIVity and screen-viewing in young children, (Principal Investigator - Funded by the British Heart Foundation)

Action 330: A cluster randomised feasibility study evaluation of a teaching assistant led, extracurricular physical activity intervention for 8 to 10 year olds (NIHR - PHR Project:15/55/09 )

Plan-A: Development and feasibility cluster randomised control trial evaluation of a Peer-Led physical Activity iNtervention for Adolescent girls, NIHR Public Health Research Programme,  01/04/2015 to 31/07/2017, PI Simon Sebire.

NAP SACC UK: A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial in child care settings to increase physical activity and healthy eating in 2-4 year olds, NIHR Public Health Research Programme, 01/11/2014  to 30/04/2017, PI Ruth Kipping

NIHR School of Public Health – Bristol”, National Institute for Health Research, 01/04/2012-30/03/2017, £2,2 50,000, PI Prof Rona Campbell

The use of accelorometry-based activity monitors and linked web portal to enhance long-term maintenance of physical activity in adults: A pilot trial in an exercise referral setting”, Health & Care Research Wales, £245,994, 01/10/2015 to 30/09/2017, PI Jemma Hawkins (Cardiff)

DECIPHer, Medical Research Council, 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2019, PI Rona Campbell 

Active-7: “Bristol Girls Dance Project: A cluster randomised controlled trial of an after-school dance programme to increase physical activity among 11-12 year old girls – Funders ref 11/3050/01”, NIHR Public Health Research Programme, 01/04/2013 – 01/08/2015. 

TEAMPLAY: Parents and children partnering for healthy lifestyle, (Principal Investigator - Funded by the British Heart Foundation)

Development of an after-school programme to increase physical activity and dance skills in 11-12 year old girls (Principal Investigator – Funded by the MRC – National Prevention Research Initiative). The Bristol Girls Dance Project.

Examination of parental and peer influences on the physical activity patterns of 10-11 year old children (Principal Investigator - Funded by the British Heart Foundation). The Bristol 3Ps Project.

Parental and home environment influences on youth physical activity and screen-viewing: Preventing childhood obesity (Principal Investigator). NIHR Career Development Fellowship.

ACTION330: Promoting children's physical activity via enhanced after-school leadership (Medical Research Council)

The PEACH Project - Examination of the environmental factors that influence children’s diet and physical activity patterns (Dr A Cooper PI - Funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative & the World Cancer Research Fund). .

Active for Life year 5, (PI Prof Debbie Lawlor, Funded by NIHR Public Health Research Programme

HEALTHY : A US middle school type 2 diabetes prevention program (Principal Investigator of sub-contract - Funded by NIH-NIDDK). The HEALTHY STUDY.


Russ Jago is Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity & Public Health and Head of the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences, within the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. Professor Jago’s two inter-linked areas of research are: a) understanding the factors that influence children and adolescents' physical activity, and sedentary behaviour; and b) designing and evaluating complex interventions to change physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children and adolescents.

Professor Jago is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition & Physical Activity ( 


Module Coordinator: Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions


My research focuses on understanding the factors that influence children and adolescents physical activity, screen-viewing and dietary behaviours and strategies to change these behaviours to prevent obesity and associated illnesses such as type 2 diabetes. My fellowship focuses on how parental and family factors influence children?s behaviours and developing new approaches to working with families to help children be as active as possible. I am also very interested in pragmatic interventions to increase children?s physical activity.

  • children
  • adolescence
  • physical activity
  • dietary behaviours
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • parents
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