An ecological approach to promoting health-enhancing physical activity in a deprived inner-city population

Lead Research Organisation: Staffordshire University
Department Name: Faculty of Health Sciences


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Description Health Impact Assessment
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Planning requests now go through the PCT as well as the city council and we are working towards getting a set of health related Key Performance Indicators that planners can use to help them assess the health impact of planning approval.
Description Impact on creating healthy environments
Geographic Reach Europe 
Impact Our MRC project was a multidisciplinary and multi-agency approach to reducing health inequalities related to physical activity and as such by working with a number of statutory (NHS PCT, City Council, Local Strategic Partnership) and non government (Third Sector organisations, community, volunteers) there has been a direct impact on health policy within Stoke on Trent that has enhanced the partnership working between these organisations. Training and CPD related to Public Health has been designed and delivered for a wide variety of target audiences within the City.
Title Geographical Information Systems (GIS) methodology 
Description We have produced a Technical Report which can be used as a GIS tool for Primary Care Trusts and other health providers wishing to understand some of the methodological issues in undertaking GIS mapping. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2008 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We now work in closer collaboration with Public Health Intellegence in the Primary Care Trust and Coty Council. 
Description International Physical Activity & Environment Network 
Organisation San Deigo State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1. R Davey is Leader of UK IPEN study (International Physical Activity & Environment Network) a ground-breaking global study, funded by the National Cancer Institute (USA), which uses a common design and measurement protocol across 14 countries to examine how specific built environmental attributes relate to physical activity and obesity. The findings from the MRC study are included in this IPEN study and additional funding has been secured to add 6 more study areas.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration with a global network of researchers in relation to environmental determinants of health behaviour.
Impact Collaboration with a global study and network of researchers in areas related to environmental determinants of health behaviours.
Start Year 2008
Description North & South Stoke School Sport Partnerships 
Organisation School Sports Partnership
Department North & South Stoke School Sport Partnerships
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Researchers from the CSER have worked with over 1000 school children to-date involving children in the objective measurement of their own habitual physical activity levels in the school day and in relating this to health issues. Findings from this have been integrated into the school curriculum in the Social, Personal and Health Education sessions.
Collaborator Contribution 40000.00 contribution of staff time and equipment for schools.
Impact The Centre for Sport and Exercise Research (CSER) has formally set up a Memorandum of Partnership for research into children's health with the North & South Stoke School Sport Partnerships (NSSSPs), involving all schools (2 Sport Colleges, 17 High Schools, 75 Primary and 5 Special Schools) in Stoke-on-Trent. The overarching aim of the programme is to create school environments that encourage children to engage in healthier behaviours related to physical activity and healthy eating
Start Year 2007
Description Stoke Healthy Public Policy Advisory Group 
Organisation Stoke on Trent Primary Care Trust (PCT)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The MRC NPRI project findings have influenced local public health policy and as a result of partnership working with the University and key stakeholdres in the local health economy, a Public Policy Advisory Group has now been established.
Collaborator Contribution Establishment of a Healthy Public Policy Advisory Group
Impact As part of the work a report "A community-led intervention to reduce health inequalities related to physical activity & healthy eating" was published by the PCT in 2009.
Start Year 2009
Description Presentions to Stoke Primary Care Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Presentation of the findings and policy implications of our research findings.

A number of projects have been commissioned by the Primary Care Trust to address issues raised by our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008
Description School visits - Stoke 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A number of workshops to pupils and school teachers.

A school based intervention involving 10 Primary Schools in order to increase physical activity levels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008
Description Workshop and seminar - Healthy City Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Findings from our MRC study on environmental determinants of health behaviours was presented and discussed. Policy implications of the findings were recommended.

Our work over the past 3 years in areas related to the built environment and physical activity has resulted in a number of policy changes at local level in Stoke and has enabled better collaboration with the Primary Care Trust, the City Council and Third Sector/community groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008