People walking up Totnes's High Street
This research is looking into the ways that creating more 'activity-friendly' environments can improve population-wide physical activity.

Understanding the personal, social and environmental impact upon physical activity of the Devon Active Villages programme

Partner

Active Devon

Project team

Prof Tim Coles
Dr Tim Rees
Dr Melvyn Hillsdon
Emma Solomon (Phd Researcher)

Type

PhD CASE Studentship

About the project

Increasing population levels of physical activity is a public health priority. To achieve this, there is a need to understand and monitor the factors enabling or inhibiting physical activity. Current thinking around physical activity suggests that, alongside considering intrapersonal and interpersonal factors, a consideration of environmental factors would be vital in order to optimise our understanding of physical activity. Creating more 'activity-friendly' environments holds promise for improving population-wide physical activity in addition to enabling the long-term success of programmes targeting individuals. Devon Active Villages is an activity programme designed to support village communities to provide long-term sustainable sports and physical activity participation opportunities. Thus, the primary objective of the programme is to improve people’s rates of participation in physical activity and sport. Secondary outcomes may also include developing strong, sustainable and cohesive communities, improving health and reducing health inequalities.

The aim of this CASE studentship is to evaluate the impact of the Devon Active Villages programme. The research will comprise both quantitative and qualitative methods. The results of quantitative and qualitative analyses will be published in leading high impact factor international peer-reviewed journals, and papers will be presented at academic conferences both nationally and internationally. In addition, the research findings will be disseminated widely to policy users within the business partner: for example, via skills initiatives, training workshops, conferences, and newsletters.

Themes

Environment, Landscape and Space
Sport, Health and Well-being

Outputs

Presentations

'Understanding the personal, social and environmental impact upon physical activity of the Devon Active Villages programme'

Showcase Event
08/06/2011
Presentation slides - Solomon 

'Understanding the personal, social and environmental impact upon physical activity of the Devon Active Villages programme' (Longer version)

 PhD Researcher Seminar Series
 28/06/2011 PhD Seminar Presentation - Solomon

News Items

Emerging research on public health interventions

 
28 June 2011
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