We’ve been working with secondary schools across Essex and Cambridgeshire to evaluate whether the GoActive programme is effective in increasing physical activity. Nearly 3000 Year 9 students took part in baseline assessments between September 2016 and January 2017. This included wearing an Axivity monitor, completing a questionnaire, and having their height, weight, waist circumference, and body fat percentage measured.
What’s next for GoActive?
We’re now moving into the fourth phase of measurement, where we’ll evaluate the long-term effect of the GoActive programme on physical activity in our secondary school students. Between March and June 2018, students in all schools will repeat all of the measures, and then we’ll compare results across “GoActive” schools and those continuing with their usual curriculum. Results will be shared at dissemination events with schools and other key stakeholders, at conferences, and via academic papers.
Want to read more about GoActive?
We’ve already published some information on the GoActive evaluation. All articles are open access, and can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
- Brown HE, Whittle F, Jong ST, et al. A cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the GoActive intervention to increase physical activity among adolescents aged 13–14 years. BMJ Open 2017;7
- Corder K, Brown HE, Schiff A, et al. Feasibility study and pilot cluster-randomised controlled trial of the GoActive intervention aiming to promote physical activity among adolescents: outcomes and lessons learnt. BMJ Open 2016;6
- Corder K, Schiff A, Kesten JM, et al. Development of a universal approach to increase physical activity among adolescents: the GoActive intervention.BMJ Open 2015; 5
If you have any questions about the study or want to hear more, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us here.
The GoActive Study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Public Health Research Programme (Project number 13/90/18)