We know that many children do not engage in enough physical activity and that this can contribute to ill health both as children and as adults. So how do we get them to be more active?
A new project called TEAMPLAY- Parents and children partnering for healthy lifestyles will look at one possible solution.
Funded by the British Heart Foundation, and led by the Centre's Dr Russ Jago the project will develop a 12-week parenting programme to help parents encourage their 6-8 year old children to be more active. The 22-month project will use ideas and principles from other successful parenting programmes and will encourage families to think about how they can play together, eat healthily and avoid travelling by car. The researchers will measure the amount of physical activity and screen-viewing done by the children before, directly after, and 3 months after the programme. They will then compare these rates with 60 families not participating in the programme. The outcome of the study should identify effective ways to help families adopt healthier lifestyles.
Co-researchers on the project are Professor Ken Fox and Dr Patricia Lucas from the School for Policy Studies, Dr Katrina Turner from the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown from the University of Warwick.
This is one of a number of grants made by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of a £5 million boost for heart research in the UK. The charity’s special grants are made several times a year to fund research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, the UK’s biggest killer.
For further information please contact: Dr Russ Jago / 0117 331 1141