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More physical activity at school can boast academic performance

Last Updated: 9/19/2017

Physical activity is associated with many physical and mental health benefits, however many children do not meet the national physical activity guidelines. While schools provide an ideal setting to promote children’s physical activity, adding physical activity to the school day can be difficult given time constraints often imposed by competing key learning areas. Classroom-based physical activity may provide an opportunity to increase school-based physical activity while concurrently improving academic-related outcomes. The primary aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the impact of classroom-based physical activity interventions on academic-related outcomes. A secondary aim was to evaluate the impact of these lessons on physical activity levels over the study duration.

survey data

Hands Up Scotland Survey

Last Updated: 5/31/2016

New data on school travel in Scotland for 2015 has been released this week.


Sustrans Tips to energise the school run and make it more active published

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

Sustrans have published tips that aim to energise the school run, which describes benefits of active travel for school children, and which gives advice for children and parents on safely cycling and walking to school.


Even more ‘Our Bike’ officers to work with Scotland’s schools

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

Four more officers will deliver cycle training and activities at schools across Scotland, as part of Sustran’s I Bike project.


Moray School Pupils to get Daily Exercise Classes

Last Updated: 4/22/2016

Schools in Moray are starting outdoor keep-fit sessions for up to 20 minutes every day.


After-School Activities Improve Academic Performance

Last Updated: 4/22/2016

A research study has found that after-school clubs and sports can improve the academic performance and social skills of disadvantaged primary school pupils.


Sustrans Pilot Award Scheme for Schools

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

Sustrans is piloting a new award scheme for secondary school pupils to help develop the confidence and skills to travel actively and independently by walking, scooting and cycling.


Cycling Success for Livingston Primary School

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

Primary 7 pupils from Livingston’s Williamston Primary School have won an activity fuelled day out at the Low Port Centre after clocking up an impressive 84 cycle trips to school during a week-long cycle to school competition run by Cycling Scotland.


Daily Mile Scheme in Schools

Last Updated: 10/21/2015

A primary school in Stirling has pioneered a scheme to ensure all its pupils walk or run a mile every day.


Designed to Move: Active Schools

Last Updated: 7/28/2015

In partnership with Nike, the British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) has contributed to the development of 'Designed to move: Active Schools'.

policy and implementation

A More Active Scotland – Building a Legacy from the Commonwealth Games

Last Updated: 1/28/2015

Scotland has developed its first ever National Physical Activity Implementation Plan, A More Active Scotland – Building a Legacy from the Commonwealth Games.


Walk Once A Week Project - Health Inequalities Impact Assessment

Last Updated: 9/25/2013

The Living Streets project 'Walk Once a Week' (WoW) conducted a Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (HIIA).

research review

Physical Activity Evidence Briefings

Last Updated: 3/21/2013

NHS Health Scotland have produced a series of evidence briefings on a number of health improvement topics, including; alcohol, food, physical activity and tobacco. Below you will find the physical activity briefings relevant to a number of settings and topics.


The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health

Last Updated: 12/3/2012

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) is a key source for physical activity and health information in the UK.

briefing paper

Teenage Girls Physical Activity Summit

Last Updated: 3/21/2011

At the 2009 PAHA conference, the Minister for Public Health and Sport announced the intention to hold two summits focused on increasing levels of physical activity around teenage girls and older adults.

case study

Walk About: Upbeat Stories from walking with young people

Last Updated: 2/10/2011

Paths for All is a national charity promoting walking for health and the development of multi-use path networks across Scotland. The Walking for Health programme was established in 2001 with the aim of reducing the number of inactive people in Scotland through the delivery of a national walking programme.

research review

Community, school and workplace initiatives to encourage individuals to use the outdoor environment for physical activity

Last Updated: 10/18/2010

This research report is for organisations involved in encouraging use of the outdoor environment for physical activity, promoting mental health and wellbeing and social/learning purposes. It provides information and examples of activities and initiatives in Scotland which been evaluated and have an evidence base and highlights other successful activities from other countries. Activities are arranged in 3 settings: community, workplace and school.


Inequalities in Young People's Health.

Last Updated: 3/31/2010

This international report is the fourth from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study (a WHO collaborative cross-national study) and is based on the results from the 2005/06 HSBC study.


Effect of School Based Physical Activity Programme (KISS) on Fitness and Adiposity in Primary Schoolchildren: Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

Last Updated: 3/16/2010

A structured physical activity programme at school can improve children's fitness and decrease body fat.

research review

Lessons from Evaluations of Sport and Physical Activity Programmes for Young People

Last Updated: 3/11/2010

This review of research literature on evaluations of large-scale sport and physical activity programmes was commissioned by sportscotland as part of a larger evaluation of Active Schools.

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