Friday, January 11, 2013 - 14:53

Hardly a laconic phrase and destined not to be a strapline, possibly the best source for links to research about children and young people's health and wellbeing, does attract attention ...  

"Thank you for the ongoing support and information you share with us. I am very grateful for this support and would like to continue receiving these updates." Deputy Headteacher Primary School

"Much of your output is outstanding and most is extremely useful." PSHE Coordinator

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 15:10

JSNA - the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Get the perception and performance figures you need, about your young people.
The Coalition Government has placed the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment at the heart of its proposals with regard to the future of local health improvement. Since the establishment of the JSNA in 2008, SHEU have been providing local authorities with vital data about their young people to inform their planning.

Monday, December 24, 2012 - 14:06

"There is growing interest into the clinical application of mindfulness-based interventions. The practice of mindfulness – inherited from Buddhist tradition – has been shown to be efficacious for the treatment of a broad range of medical and psychological illnesses".

Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:43

"I know of no other similar way of quickly accessing research about children and young people across disciplines and sectors."
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Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 11:52

Dr Marewa Glover and colleagues from the University of Auckland, in the latest issue of the journal Education and Health, describe a study that assessed the reach and perceived effectiveness of health education resources developed as part of an intervention targeting Māori and Pacific parental smoking behaviour and attitudes to reduce smoking initiation among middle school children in New Zealand.
To read the article, please follow the link

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 11:44

Dr Richard Winsley and colleagues, in the latest issue of Education and Health, describe the background to the child health Grand Challenge scheme at the University of Exeter. A summary of Judy Hargadon's lecture, on the work of the Children's Food Trust, is also included.
To read the article please follow the link

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 11:33

Philip Gilligan and Martin Manby's article, in the latest issue of the Education and Health journal, describe the background to and evaluation of the programme conculding that programmes like Healthy Heroes have the potential to play a key role in improving children’s lifestyles and in shaping investments in their healthy futures.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 15:00

A selection of information, from around the world, to support pupils and students affected by bereavement, loss and trauma:

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 15:55

School-based intervention supporting pupils affected by trauma, bereavement and loss.
The above is just one of over 60 new research links about 5-11 year olds' health and wellbeing
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Friday, December 14, 2012 - 14:51

The Cochrane review of childhood obesity prevention research (Dec. 2011) includes 55 studies, the majority targeted children aged 6-12 years at school and in the community, and aimed to determine the effectiveness of evaluated interventions intended to prevent obesity in children, assessed by change in Body Mass Index.  

The following is a list of more intervention studies available on the Internet in 2012.


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All questions are clearly worded and easy to answer

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