Insight Blog - July, 2019

July, 2019

Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:00 by Thomas Lawley

July Joy

July Joy

Hello and welcome to July's edition of the blog! It's been a busy time at SPHW the past couple of months with several Workplace Challenge events as well as School Games.

School Games

Across July 2nd and 3rd, we had our Herefordshire and Worcestershire School Games at Bromsgrove School and Hereford Leisure Centre respectively. Across the two games 3300 children and young people took part.

An overview

3300 children and young people took part across 24 sports 40 separate competitions. Almost 400 young leaders from several schools and colleges volunteered to help run and supervise the event. There were no safeguarding incidents registered with organisers across both events.

Evaluation headlines

Almost 300 evaluations forms were completed across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

  • 100% of those asked would come back again
  • 94.6% enjoyed taking part in School Games
  • 85.4% were excited to be a part of School Games
  • 88% felt part of a team whilst participating in School Games
  • 85.6% would encourage their friends to take part in future School Games
  • 98.3% of children said they felt safe at School Games (Herefordshire - 96.6%, Worcestershire - 100%)

A fantastic two days of hard work by both competitors and staff alike resulted in two great School Games. We can't wait to do it again in Winter!

'Snacktivity' approach to exercise?

Loughborough University is leading a multi-million-pound research programme to investigate whether a 'snacktivity' approach to physical activity can be effective in improving people's health.

The Loughborough team will be working with colleagues at the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Edinburgh, and the Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust on the £2.2 million project, which has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Current public health guidelines states that over a week, adults should achieve at least 150-minutes of at least moderate intensity physical activity, spread across five sessions of around 30 minutes. However very few people currently reach this weekly target, and to try and achieve it those who are inactive need to make significant changes to their lives.

'Snacktivity' looks to utilise a different approach to achieve the current target of 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Instead of dedicating five 30 minute sessions across a week, which can be difficult to fit into modern busy lifestyles. 'Snacktivity' instead focuses on small, but frequent, doses of regular moderate intensity physical activity throughout the day so that at least 150 minutes of physical activity is accumulated weekly. A physical activity 'snack' typically lasts between two and five minutes and includes activities such as walk-talk conversations, walking coffee breaks and using the stairs instead of the lift.

The researchers will use a smartphone application (snackApp) synchronised with a wrist worn physical activity tracker to enable participants in the intervention to self-monitor their 'snacktivity' and get feedback on their behaviour. The snackApp will prompt physical activity after one hour of no activity. The research team will test whether this approach helps to make the public more active compared to the current guidance for physical activity.

Tags: Herefordshire, Insight, July, School Games, Schools, Worcestershire

Tom Lawley

Tom Lawley

Project Officer (Information and Insight)

  • Insight
  • Data analysis
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Active Lives
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