Are today's children fit and active?

Richard Larouche is a Doctoral student in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. His article, in the latest issue of Education and Health, asks the question, "Are today's children fit and active?" Twenty two years ago, Armstrong (1989) reported that "Children are fit, but not active!" He described the physical activity level of over 300 British youths aged 11 to 15 years old, as measured by heart rate monitors. The participants were as fit as the first children that were tested in laboratory settings 50 years before.

"Almost three quarters of underage drinkers do not like being drunk" - 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.

Follow this link to find research about 11-16 year olds...

For links to research about 5-11 and 16+ year olds follow this link...




"The Health Related Behaviour Survey is an incredibly useful resource for us..."

Feedback from clients is just one of the items featured in our most recent SHEUNews.
Another comment is, "The survey data for (us) are very useful ... This is especially important when evaluating the impact of interventions regarding alcohol or other areas...".

"The relationship between depression level and smoking motives in college smokers." - from the SHEU research resource

"The relationship between depression level and smoking motives in college smokers."

One example from new research on the Internet about health issues relating to young people (16+ year olds).

Please follow this link to find more research links about 16+ year olds


Tell colleagues to visit the other SHEU research resources (about 5-11) and (about 11-16) yr. olds.


Education and Health articles - complete Archive now online!

We have great pleasure in announcing that the archive of ‘Education and Health’  articles has been put online:
The journal was first published in 1983 and the archive is up-to-date (as of Spring 2011) and you can read any of the articles for free as a PDF*. We hope search engines will be able to index the PDFs in their usual manner, and enable you to search the articles on all our web pages; meanwhile, you can search on any word or name you wish. 


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Health Education Co-ordinator

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School Drugs Advisor

"Within the curriculum, we are part of the Healthy Schools programme - and the local, Director of Public Health Award. We cover many facets of health from emotional intelligence to safety education and our very strong, Anti-Bullying and Child Protection programmes. You can imagine our delight when the Local Authority and our school nurse made the following comments after we took part in the regional Schools Health Education Unit Survey: " Head Teacher.
“This was an amazing set of outcomes and really good evidence that (your school) is doing a wonderful job in prioritizing the health and well-being of its pupils … Well done to staff, governors and parents for all your work on this through the Director of Public Health award and other strategies. It is very clear that pupils feel happy, safe and involved at the school and your caring ethos shines through this data.”
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Headteacher & Healthy Schools Coordinator

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Department of Health

"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." Tribute from OFSTED to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005


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Public Health Consultant

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Chief Executive, substance use charity

"We have never consulted our young people like this before. The survey makes a great contribution to our 'best value' planning." Sports Development Officer

Sports Development Officer