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Physical activity, exercise and academic achievement

"... with improved physical fitness there was no adverse effect on academic achievement"
In response to questions about research into physical activity and academic achievement SHEU's latest list of Internet links should help you find the answers you seek.
Please follow this link:
Physical activity, academic attainment and achievement

Wiltshire's happier and healthier young people

Thanks to our colleague Nick Bolton for this link about Wiltshire's young people published in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.
Results from surveys by the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) show that Wiltshire's young people have much healthier lifestyles and higher rates of self esteem compared to the national average.
Carolyn Godfrey, Corporate Director of Wiltshire Council, said: "This survey shows how the health of our children and young people is improving and the work of schools and partners is key to this."

'Tackling underage drinking' article from the latest E&H journal

Education and Health (E&H) has been published by SHEU since 1983. 
E&H is now an open access online journal and the latest issue is available.

Current articles:
Schools-based health interventions : Tackling underage drinking : A New Approach to Tobacco Education : Adolescent online gaming addiction : Food: Now and Then

To read the latest issue please click here

SHEU data - Up to 81% of 10-11 yr olds said they won't smoke when they are older but ...

Young People's Health and Wellbeing

The majority of Year 6 pupils said they 'don't think they will smoke when they are older'.
This comes from 81% of girls and 74% of boys in a sample of over 8000 10-11 year olds.
By the time they were in Year 10 (14-15 year olds), the number who had 'never smoked' was 54% of girls and 61% of boys.

To see the data and more than 40 other new research links about 5-11 year olds please visit ...

Youngsters eat more veg less crisps

A new report from SHEU, Food: Now and Then, shows a declining trend (1987-2010) of youngsters who report eating crisps (also seen in other research) and a rising trend (1999-2010) of youngsters who report eating vegetables.
Follow the link for more details Food: Now and Then
Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU): Nationally-recognised since 1977
The specialist provider of reliable local survey data for schools and colleges

Food: Now and Then - Young People's Food Choices

Food: Now and Then - Young People's Food Choices

Do 28%, 35% or 42% of 14-15 yr olds have a regular paid job in term time?

Each year SHEU publish an annual report with data from their surveys with young people.
In the most recent report, nearly 31,000 youngsters answered a question about paid work.
Around 28% of the 14-15 year olds told us that they have a regular paid job during term time.
Data since 1987 show a general downward trend in those reporting a regular, paid job in term time. Figures from the 12-13 year olds have remained consistent over the 1990s and now appear to be declining.

Over 40 new links to research about 5-11 year olds from the SHEU Resource

Follow the link below to new research about 5-11 yr. olds' health and wellbeing.

Arranged under :- Food / Drugs / SRE / Exercise / Health / Lifestyle / Education / Other

Link to latest research news

SHEU have been providing monthly research news links since January 2006 that are, judging by users' comments, relevant to those working with young people.

Do girls or boys eat more fresh fruit?

New SHEU data, from 1999-2010, show that girls, more than boys, and 10-11 year olds, more than older children, report eating fresh fruit 'on most days'.
Follow this link for the chart
Data from: 'Food: Now and Then - Young People's Food Choices'
To join the research email list please follow this link...
Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) - Nationally-recognised since 1977

Schools’ increasing role as sex education provider

Young people's main source of sex information has undergone a profound shift from the home and towards school lessons.

School surveys since 1983, by the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU), have asked young people about their sources of sex education.

New data has been added showing the continuing shift from home towards school lessons.

For details please visit 'Schools’ increasing role as sex education provider'.


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