How to deliver successful active interventions in schools

Thursday 9th May 14:45 - 15:35

The recent grass roots interest in running programmes, such as The Daily Mile, has been unparalleled and is likely due to its low cost and ease of implementation. What can we learn from this movement and other programmes about successfully getting kids active in schools? How does this link with the Government’s children’s obesity strategy? How do you successfully implement physical activity interventions that stick and are sustainable in schools? What are the proven mechanisms and processes for successful implementation? What makes an effective and enjoyable programme and how does it improve confidence, resilience and attention in all children? What motivates staff and children to participate and support a programme?

Dr Lauren Sherar, Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University

Active Kids - day 2 - How to deliver successful active interventions in schools

Dr. Sherar graduated from Nottingham Trent University Combined honours program in Sport Science and Biology in 2001. She then obtained a Master’s (2004) and Doctoral (2008) degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in the area of physical activity and health with a focus on child and adolescent growth and development. Since 2008 Dr Sherar worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Bath (2008-10), an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan (2010-12) and was appointed as a lecturer at Loughborough University in 2012.

Presently, Dr Lauren Sherar is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Loughborough University. Her research aims to develop interventions to positively impact on the health and wellbeing of children and youth through an increase in physical activity and a decrease in sedentary behaviours and she is passionate about getting research into practice. Dr Sherar has a series of grants and 70+ publications in this area (H-Index 18). Her most recently awarded grant involved integrating novel tools and strategies into the classroom to reduce the sitting time of primary school students. Dr Sherar has expertise in intervention development, measurement/prediction of pediatric growth and maturation and objective measurement of physical activity/sedentary behaviours. Currently she sits on the Steering committee for the International Children’s Accelerometry Database (ICAD), the largest archive of objectively measured physical activity in children.

Implementing successful interventions in schools

Dr Lauren Sherar, Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University

Running programmes

Martine Verweij, Founding Chief Executive at Kids Run Free

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Dan Gooding, Executive Producer at BBC Super Movers