PE lessons “put girls off exercise”.

May 10, 2012

Source: NHS Choices: Behind the headlines.

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Date of publication: 3rd May, 2012.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: Recent headlines suggested that PE lessons put girls off sport and exercise. NHS Choices took a closer look at the original report which prompted these news stories.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

Some important notes: Follow this link to download the full text of the original report.


A school-based obesity control programme: Project Energize. Two-year outcomes

February 21, 2012

Source: British Journal of Nutrition, 2012, 107 (4), p. 581–587

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Date of publication: February, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This paper looks at the outcomes of the New Zealand-based Project Energise, a longitudinal randomised controlled study which examined how nutrition and physical activity interventions in school age children can help to reduce excess weight gain and the risk of chronic disease.

Length of publication: 7 pages.

The impact of school-time activity on total physical activity: the activitystat hypothesis (EarlyBird 46).

October 26, 2011

Title: The impact of school-time activity on total physical activity: the activitystat hypothesis (EarlyBird 46).

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2011, 35 (10), p. 1277-1283.

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Date of publication: October, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: An observational study which explored the hypothesis that asked whether more physical activity in school time was compensated for by less physical activity at other times.  The study found that increased physical activity at one time would indeed be compensated with lower physical activity levels at another. The authors proposed that this may have a significant impact upon the success of physical activity programmes aimed at tackling child obesity.

Length of publication: 7 pages.

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Show your support for school cooking lessons.

July 7, 2011

Title: Show your support for school cooking lessons.

Source: Our Life.

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Date of publication: 16th June, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: An Early Day Motion, “EDM 1816: Practical Cooking Lessons in Schools”, has been tabled by MP Zac Goldsmith to ensure that mandatory cookery lessons remain part of the secondary school curriculum.   Our Life is calling upon all North West MPs to back this move as part of the battle against unhealthy eating in the UK, arguing that these lessons provide children with the opportunity to acquire valuable skills and knowledge with regard to healthy eating choices.

Length of publication: 1 page.


The Really Big Summer Adventure.

June 6, 2011

Title: The Really Big Summer Adventure.

Source: Change4Life

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Date of publication: May 2011.

Publication type: Press release.

In a nutshell: Change4Life recently announced its Really Big Summer Adventure campaign will start in July.  Aimed at children, this initiative includes an activity pack with healthy recipes and energetic play ideas in a bid to encourage increased physical activity and healthier eating.

Length of publication: 1 page.


Labour food fringe success for Our Life

October 5, 2010

Source:, 2010

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Date of publication: September, 2010

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Our Life’s second party conference “Whose Food is it Anyway?” fringe event,  on 29 September 2010, saw education as the dominant flavour of the meeting – with questions and comments relating to re-introducing cookery classes in schools, healthier school dinners and stopping children leaving school at lunchtime to visit the local takeaway.

Length of publication: 1 web page

Walk to School Month

July 16, 2010

Source:  Walk to School

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Date of publication: 2010

Publication type: website

In a nutshell: Walk to school month aims to encourage children to walk to school, thereby reducing levels of childhood obesity and pollution. The Walk to School website contains supporting evidence and resources.

Acknowledgement: Info4local