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"Piano playing reduces stress more than other creative art activities" - from the SHEU research resource

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"Piano playing reduces stress more than other creative art activities" was published in August in the International Journal of Music Education. In this study, the effects of creative art activities on college students' stress were investigated.

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"... possibly the best source for research news about young people's health and behaviour."

Research news about young people's health - this service first developed in January 2006 and grew from our research work with young people and their health related behaviour. Using many Internet search tools and numerous keywords, new research links are displayed each month. Divided by age range, topic area and archives - this is a unique resource. Subscribe to this free service by joining the email list

"Differences in young people's attitudes towards exercise... ability....participation" - from the SHEU research resource

Each month you can receive Internet links to some of the latest research about young people's health related behaviour.

"Differences in attitudes towards exercise, perceived athletic ability, perceived physical attractiveness and participation in physical activity in children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 years old" was recently published in the Journal of Sport and Health Research.

Follow this link to find the above research and other new research about 11-16 year olds...
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Reporting of children's sweet consumption and health risks - SHEU Views the News

A recently reported research study assessed the diet of U.S. children and adolescents to determine the effects of sweet (candy) consumption and risk factors for heart disease. Following publication of the research there was particular interest in certain aspects of the study. Follow the link to read SHEU's views on this news.

"Children's perceptions and experiences of fruit and vegetables" - from the SHEU research resource

Each month you can receive Internet links to some of the latest research about young people's health related behaviour.

"A focus group exploration of primary school children's perceptions and experiences of fruit and vegetables", is research published in the June issue of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

To read more research about 5-11 year olds please follow this link...
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"Developing Student Health and Wellbeing Services in Secondary Schools" - from the SHEU research resource

Each month you can receive Internet links to some of the latest research about young people's health related behaviour.

"Developing Student Health and Wellbeing Services in Secondary Schools" by Colette Hallas was published in the journal Education and Health. Colette is a Sex and Relationship Education Consultant with Barnsley Healthy Schools team and the article describes the development of Health and Wellbeing services in Barnsley schools.

There are some nice people about

We commissioned a bit of programming many years ago to produce the nifty charts you see in our Young People reports.  Previously David McG used to craft each one lovingly by hand, which took some time and made him more familiar than he wanted to be with the bugs in Microsoft chart software.  The commissioned software grabbed the figures from SPSS, drew a chart in SIgmaplot, and dropped the result onto the right page of the report.  Magic, if fairly expensive magic.

Mild hypoglycaemia and educational performance

Dr Neil Morris and Dr Niall Galbraith are Senior Lecturers in Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton and they have an article published in the latest issue of the journal Education and Health. The article examines the implications of very small reductions in glucose level and the effects on learning. In previous studies the authors have shown that low blood glucose levels impaired consolidation of learning, reduced comprehension of educational material and resulted in poorer memory retention for student induction material.

Adolescent social networking: Should parents and teachers be worried?

Dr. Mark D. Griffiths is a Professor of Gambling Studies and Daria J. Kuss is a doctoral researcher in the area of online addictions. They are both at the International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University. In the latest issue of the journal Education and Health they pose the question,"Adolescent social networking: Should parents and teachers be worried?" Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of media stories about social networking. This has also led to a recent upsurge in the amount of empirical research being carried out.

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Comments about SHEU

"I have never looked at myself in this way before." Pupil

Pupil

"The credit goes to you for the fabulous information the survey yields!"

Assistant Director Schools and SEN

"You have made a truly significant contribution to health education and health promotion of young people in, not only England, but all over the United Kingdom and beyond." Colleague from NHS Scotland paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

NHS Scotland

At the time, the results were very useful and the feedback report very useful and insightful. Significant changes will occur in our schools health and wellbeing provision next year and conducting another survey will certainly help me to ensure I am planning effectively for the needs of our pupils.

Head of Health and Wellbeing

“(The SHEU survey) was very, very useful. It gave us reassurance we weren’t missing a trick. For example not many pupils in the sample year groups were taking illegal drugs, which re-enforced our opinions. But the survey also raised issues and flagged some things up. We discovered that some of our girls weren’t eating enough – the percentage of girls in our school not eating lunch the day before the survey was higher than the county average. There were other concerns too, specifically around cigarettes, alcohol and attendance.
The school used this data and took a number of actions to address it. More female peer mentors were put in place and the school asked NEXUS (the Extended Schools service) for help, so they developed a programme for girls which addressed their eating patterns, healthy eating, sex education and self-esteem issues.
We ran an anti-bullying group for Year 9 as a preventative measure, based upon data provided by our current Year 10 students.
The travel data revealed that a high number of pupils took the car to school so we involved the BIKE-IT scheme who ran assemblies, brought in their bikes (including one with a pedal-powered smoothie maker!), and raised awareness of health and green issues.
The information about how happy the students were with their lives raised some concerns as far fewer girls were as happy as the boys, so work was done around developing aspirations, role-models and self-esteem."        
 

Deputy Head, Secondary School

"We did this last year with Year 8 and 10 and was incredibly useful. It is WELL worth doing and so useful to inform PSHE planning. The safeguarding audit team were delighted that we had done it. The findings are so so interesting.
"The findings are really comprehensive and range from what percentage of year 8 have breakfast in the morning to how many have tried this particular drug, to identity, health and sleep patterns, mental health, citizenship issues....
"It's essential for the PSHE and pastoral curriculum."

PSHCEE coordinator

"We never make a move without looking at these excellent reports." Public Health Consultant

Public Health Consultant

I would just like to say thank you very much to Angela, yourself and all of the SHEU team for making the [survey] so successful. The survey has been well received and we are using data in new ways to help support work on local Public Health priorities.

Senior Public Health Specialist

...our analyst here in Public Health- is beside himself with excitement about all the juicy data pouring in...he can't wait to get his hands on it!!!!
He is happier than I have seen him for years.

Public Health Principal

"Our use of the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire was commended as part of our accreditation for the National Healthy Schools Scheme." Headteacher