Physical Activity

SportsLinx: Improving the health and fitness of Liverpool's youth.

Taylor,S Hackett,A Stratton,G Lamb,L 2004. SportsLinx: Improving the health and fitness of Liverpool's youth. One of the largest ongoing health and fitness programmes for 9-14 year olds in Europe is designed to offer a diverse range of sports and activities for young children to increase levels of physical activity and promote a healthier lifestyle,. Education and Health 22(1),11-15. PDF

Sport as a health risk. Sport is promoted as a healthy pastime, but this study found that discomfort and trauma appeared to be both expected and accepted suggesting that pain is deemed to be normal for sport,

Masters,B 2003. Sport as a health risk. Sport is promoted as a healthy pastime, but this study found that discomfort and trauma appeared to be both expected and accepted suggesting that pain is deemed to be normal for sport,. Education and Health 21(3),43-47. PDF

Pupils get 'Fit to Succeed' - A pilot project in the Westcountry found that not only could regular exercise be promoted but also found links with academic performance.

Balding,A 2001. Pupils get 'Fit to Succeed' - A pilot project in the Westcountry found that not only could regular exercise be promoted but also found links with academic performance.. Education and Health 19(1),17-19. PDF

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Comments about SHEU

"You have often stood alone against the media who were often looking for the sensational headline. I have noticed an important change: the media now look out for and report very fairly and fully on the reports from the team." 
Tributes from a Health Education Advisor to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Education Advisor

"As a Deputy Head in a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding.
Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.
As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes."

Deputy Head Secondary School

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

"Many thanks for a major contribution to the health of children in the UK and elsewhere over many years and putting in place the continuation of the Unit." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"I have valued greatly the work I have done with the team in Exeter, it has been a highlight of my years here." Health Promotion Specialist

Health Promotion Specialist

"The (named) Children and Young People's Partnership has benefitted from the results of the SHEU survey locally for many years now, and we should like to continue to do so in future."

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

"I really appreciate the professional service which SHEU offers.  We have had a great experience working with Angela on the school surveys." 

Health Improvement Specialist

"It's good to talk with you again - we used so much of those data and did so much with it in schools - we really got the place buzzing!"

Consultant in Public Health

"On behalf of all the health promoters in Scotland I would like to say a big thank to you and your colleagues for your excellent work over the years. This includes not only your survey work but your role as a visiting examiner in Scotland and adviser on course development."
Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner

"One year (following the SHEU survey) responses from our Year 4 cohort caused us concern, so we put in place a number of team building, motivational projects. We then assessed their effectiveness by requesting the SHEU questionnaires for these pupils as Year 5's."

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