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  1. 1. Issue 04 ›› 2010/2011 BHFNC News from BHF National Centre for physical activity+healthinside this issue: Welcome... to the fourth issue of the BHFNC Newsletter. 2010 has been another busy year within the National Centre and there have also been important developments nationally which have implications for YOUNG PEOPLE Making physical physical activity, in particular the policy and funding changes activity more introduced by the new Coalition Government. engaging and The new government has made a commitment to public health which is positive, however it enjoyable for all remains to be seen how the significant structural changes and funding cuts proposed will impact on physical activity promotion. Whilst there is some uncertainty about the future, it is clear that there is a continuing need for those promoting physical activity to work together to find evidence-based, cost-effective PRIMARY CARE approaches to physical activity promotion across the lifespan. The BHFNC remain committed to Raising the profile of continue working with partners on this. physical activity for the In this newsletter we are pleased to share with you some of our current projects and successes prevention, treatment within the Centre: and management of long-term conditions Young People Flames programme gets national go ahead – Flames: Lighting the way is one of the first Inspire programmes to be granted a national licence in recognition of its ability to support young people to be more active and bring the inspiration of the 2012 games to every part of the UK. For more information on Flames resources and training in your area go to Page 2. RESEARCH AND Primary Care EVALUATION BHFNC launch Exercise Referral Toolkit – This series of downloadable resources provides an Building the easy-to-read, practical guide for professionals involved in exercise referral schemes. evidence base Find out how it could help you on Page 4. Research and Evaluation Walking initiatives, what works? – BHFNC is currently evaluating three projects which are being delivered by Living Streets as part of the national Travel Actively portfolio. The aim is to enable currently inactive people to fit walking or cycling into their daily lives. To find out more go to Page 6. OLDER ADULTS Older Adults Don’t stop me now! Active Ageing – The BHFNC has been working with the Full of Life programme at the Department of Work and Pensions to produce a series of resources to assist professionals to raise the public profile of Active Ageing by organising local events and activities. For information on resources and how you can get involved see Page 7. Coming soon... New UK Physical Activity guidelines – Work on the development of new guidelines in the UK initially began in mid 2009. Following an extensive review and consultation process, new physical INFORMATION activity guidelines are due to be launched in March 2011. SERVICES See Page 8 for more information. Here to help! We hope you continue to enjoy learning more about the BHFNC and find the links to our website and other resources useful. If you have any feedback or would like to contact us please email | tel: 01509 226421
  2. 2. p2 YOUNG PEOPLE Making physical activity more engaging and enjoyableResource News Active Club Festival Guide Following the recent series of Active Club festivals, this guide has Active Club Inclusion Guide been released to be used alongside the Active Club pack to help out and Training of school clubs and settings plan and deliver their own Active Club Festival – a special event to celebrate children and young people’s This new guide and associated training has been produced participation and achievements in physical activity. It provides an to provide practitioners and those working with children and easy to use step-by-step guide with practical tips and templates to young people with practical advice and tips on: help clubs and settings set up and • The key principles of inclusion and the inclusion spectrum as a run their own festival based on the tool for practice. Active Club format. Whether it is a first festival or you are a veteran, this • Activities linked to the inclusion spectrum. guide will help you make the Active • Catering for the needs and abilities of all children and young Club Festival a day to remember. people. This user-friendly guide includes The practical training offers an introduction and overview helpful information to support you of the new guide. It also explores some of the core themes in organising your event, such as: and provides an opportunity to practise some of the delivery techniques, approaches and activity ideas for engaging all • Activities and how to score them. children and young people. • How to find an appropriate venue. For further information please contact Anna Chalkley at: or phone 01509 226423 • How to publicise the event. • Safety considerations. For further information pleaseProject News contact Anna Chalkley at: or phone 01509 226423Flames Programme Gets National Go Ahead Early Years‘Flames: Lighting the way’, has been given licence from the London Organising Committee for the Advisory GroupOlympic Games (LOCOG) to be rolled out nationally. Inspired by 2012, Flames aims to educate young In the last year the BHFNCpeople about the history and culture of the Olympic Games, whilst motivating them to be more has identified early years asphysically active. a new work stream. DespiteIt is one of the first Inspire programmes to be granted the licence in recognition of its ability to there being a wealth ofsupport children and young people to be more active and its potential to help bring the inspiration physical activity work alreadyof the 2012 games to every part of the UK. happening in early years, it appears many people areFollowing a successful pilot in Loughborough, other local working in isolation and thereprojects are now being invited to join the Flames programme is currently little nationaland receive FREE resources and training to help run it in their co-ordination and supportarea. All those who become involved will be eligible to use the for early years practitionersmuch sought after Inspire mark, a highly valued logo which over and above the Early Yearscan help reach new audiences and forge new partnerships. Foundation Stage. The BHFNCThe BHFNC in partnership with Loughborough College will believes that there is a need tobe hosting a series of FREE regional Flames training to explain capture existing learning andmore about the programme and how it can be delivered. create a collaborative which can be a powerful voice to promoteFor more information and to find out when your nearest a better understanding of thetraining is, please contact Anna Chalkley on 01509 226423 or roles that physical activity canemail:, alternatively visit the website play in the lives of children inat: the early | tel: 01509 226421
  3. 3. for all Development of Early Years Frameworks p3 National Following discussions which have taken place at our Early Years Advisory Group meetings, the Physical BHFNC has decided to convene two working groups to begin consultation with a number of key Activity Audits early years practitioners to work on the development of: of Early Years 1. A National Early Years Framework for physical literacy. Settings 2. A National Healthy Settings Award/Framework. The BHFNC has recently It is hoped that these national frameworks will assist early years practitioners in developing been involved in carrying frameworks within their local areas and enable those with existing frameworks to review their practice. out two national audits of The BHFNC will also use findings from these working groups together with research evidence and physical activity provision data from our audits to determine whether or not there is a need to develop a resource and/or for the under 5s in Children’s training for early years practitioners and to identify what these should look like. Centres and in a sample of nurseries across the UK. Training These audits aim to: • Identify the national picture Top Tips - of active play provision Engaging all within Children’s Centres and nurseries. Jump Rope for Schools: A CPD children and • Highlight innovation and workshop for teachers and support staff young people 1 good practice. Experience first-hand how skipping can be used as part of the five hour offer. It is an excellent activity for PE lessons, for the playground Talk to children to find • Identify any gaps in and for an after school club. provision and inform how out what activities they best the BHFNC can assist find fun and want to and support Children’s do, include experiences Centres and nurseries for children to take improve and/or extend on different roles and 2 their physical activity responsibilities. provision for the under 5s Highlight and and their families. promote a wide range of activities and The data collected from emphasise the value of these audits will be 3 all types of activity. analysed and following this, Set manageable and a report will be available appropriate tasks to to download from ensure all children can achieve at their own 4 level. For further information on Workshops for pupils Use promotions, BHFNC early years work Workshops for pupils delivered during curriculum time are also challenges and/or contact: Angela Newport, available. Teachers and support staff will benefit from seeing events to stimulate Consultant - Young People a workshop delivered by an experienced instructor, who will 5 participation. Tel: 01509 226423 Email: demonstrate how to involve the whole class in a range of jump rope activities. Single sessions, half day or full day visits available; with the Use appropriate option to have a whole school or year group assembly. kit, resources and equipment – consider Our workshops are delivered on a not for profit basis and the charges relaxing your policy made are to cover costs. to encourage more 6 children to join in. Skipping (jump rope) is a great activity for children. It is a fun Adopt appropriate and enjoyable way for pupils to work towards their 60 minutes leadership and learning of activity per day. styles focussing on children feeling good, For more information, or to make a booking please contact Margaret being confident and Couldwell on 01509 226418 or email: enjoying what they do. Dodgeball workshops (for teachers and pupils) are also available. | tel: 01509 226421
  4. 4. p4 PRIMARY CARE Raising the profile of physical activity for the prevention,Resource news Project newsParental Advice Leaflets for Children with Promoting physical activityLong Term Conditions through Exercise ReferralAs part of the distance learning course ‘Physical activity for children and young schemes: A Quick Referencepeople with long term medical conditions’, the BHFNC has developed a series of Guideparental advice booklets on physical activity for children with diabetes, asthma,obesity or congenital heart conditions. This quick reference guide aims to provide healthcare professionals with background information on The booklets are designed as a supportive tool promoting physical activity through exercise referral for professionals such as PE teachers, exercise schemes. The short guide: instructors, early years practitioners, and play/youth workers, to hand out to parents/ • Promotes the health benefits of physical activity. carers who express concerns about their • Outlines the range of options which can be used child engaging in school PE lessons or other by primary care practitioners to promote physical physical activity sessions. activity. Due to the popularity of the booklets they • Distinguishes between the concepts of can now be downloaded online at: recommendation and referral. • Attempts to clarify when a referral to a scheme might be most appropriate. New versions of the booklets will be available to order and/or download from Coming soon check regularly Spring 2011. for more information.Exercise Referral Toolkit Launched A simple tool to aid theThe toolkit aims to provide an easy-to-read, practical guide for professionals promotion of physicalinvolved in the delivery, coordination, commissioning and evaluation of exercise activity in primary carereferral schemes. A series of downloadable resources have been developed to The BHFNC and Welsh Assembly Government areassist professionals in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise working in partnership with the Canadian Societyreferral schemes. These resources include guidance for: of Exercise Physiologists (CSEP) to pilot test a new• Referring healthcare professionals. tool in primary care which is based on a series of• Exercise professionals working with systematic chronic condition decision trees. referred patients. The purpose of this new tool is to enhance the• Exercise referral scheme coordinators. safety of physical activity clearance and improve physical activity pathways for patients with• Commissioning exercise referral various chronic conditions. The CSEP evidence schemes. based decision trees allow for more effective risk• Evaluating exercise referral schemes. stratification for people living with various chronicAs well as: conditions.• A qualifications and training guide. Updates on the status of the project will appear at• Sample forms, templates letters, evaluation tools and questionnaires.To visit the dedicated exercise referralmicrosite and download the toolkit, pleasevisit: | tel: 01509 226421
  5. 5. treatment and management of long-term conditions p5 Did you know? Training • Over 17.5 million people in the UK are living with Brief Interventions a long-term medical condition: Training: Improving • 45% of people now live Patient Interactions with more than one condition. This two day introductory course is designed for exercise and/or health • Depression occurs in 20% professionals who work one-to- of all people living with a chronic physical health one with patients. The goal of the problem. course is to build professionals’ skills to empower patients to take • Habitual physical activity is associated with a responsibility for their own health reduced risk for over 25 and explore innovative ways of chronic conditions and helping clients/patients to adopt premature mortality. healthier lifestyles. • Physical activity can be used as adjunctive treatment or management Distance Learning Course: Physical Activity for Children strategy for many long- and Young People with Long Term Conditions term conditions. For example, physical activity The course aims to provide professionals with the knowledge and practical skills to plan and safely can be used to treat the late adapt physical activity sessions for children and young people with asthma, diabetes, obesity and and long term effects of congenital heart conditions. cancer, such as depression and cancer-related fatigue. The course is suitable for specialist and non-specialist PE teachers, early years/play practitioners, youth Helping patients who workers, teaching assistants, activity club leaders/coaches, and lunchtime supervisors. have cancer become more active can help improve To register your interest in any these courses please contact Sarah Wortley on 01509 226419 or their quality of life and can email We can also provide bespoke in-house training packages for up to 25 improve overall survival participants, for further information visit: rates for some tumour groups. • Physical activity or graded exercise therapy is recommended in BACR Phase IV Exercise NICE clinical guidelines Instructor Cardiac for many long term conditions. Such as Rehabilitation Training chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis The BACR Phase IV Exercise Instructor course (ME), chronic heart failure, was developed in 1998 supported by the chronic obstructive British Heart Foundation and is delivered by the pulmonary disease, BACR, which is an affiliated group of the British dementia, type 2 diabetes, Cardiac Society. The aim of the course is to depression with chronic equip students with the knowledge and skills to physical health problems, prescribe and deliver safe and effective exercise hypertension, low back for individuals with coronary heart disease (CHD) pain, myocardial infarction, who have already benefited from a hospital osteoarthritis, and based rehabilitation programme. rheumatoid arthritis. For course dates and locations, visit: • The risks associated with being physically inactive are markedly higher than the transient risks seen after acute exercise. | tel: 01509 226421
  6. 6. p6 Assessing the impact of RESEARCH AND EVALUATION Building the evidence base Top tips for walking initiatives: What works? Programme BHFNC are currently evaluating three projects which are Evaluation being delivered by Living Streets as part of the national Travel Actively portfolio The Programme evaluation overall aim of the portfolio is to improve people’s health should include outcome, and well-being by working together to enable currently economic and process inactive people to incorporate walking and cycling into measures. Process evaluation is used to monitor and their everyday lives. The projects commenced in January document programme 2008 and will conclude in December 2011. implementation and can The three projects delivered by Living Streets are: provide valuable insight into why a programme was or was • Fitter for Walking – a community-based project which aims to work with local residents to improve not successful. Key issues their local environment and promote walking for short journeys. Evaluation activities include route to be addressed in process evaluation include: 1 user counts, route user surveys, resident’s surveys, focus groups and stakeholder interviews. • Step Up – a national campaign to promote walking to school in secondary school students including Free your Feet, a week long walking challenge. Evaluation activities include surveys with Was the programme delivered as it was pupils, parents, teachers and school travel advisers. initially planned; were • Walking Works – a national campaign to promote walking for all or part of the journey to work and some components during the working day. Evaluation activities focus on five workplaces that are part of the Campaign modified or even dropped completely? Partner Scheme and include employee surveys, interviews with Walking Champions and focus 2 groups with employees. How much did The results from the evaluation of these three projects will be available early in 2012. participants engage Information about Living Streets’ projects can be found at:, with programme content and how, satisfied were they For more information about the evaluation of Living Streets’ projects contact Emma Adams: with both content and delivery? 3 Did the programme reach its intended audience or were Dr Andy Atkin joins some people excluded Evaluation of the Ramblers Family the Research and and unable to access Walking Programme Evaluation Team the material? 4 The Furness Families Walk4Life programme was initiated by the Department of Health and was developed by the Ramblers Andy joined the team in August Were local conditions 2010 as a Research Associate (context) important in in partnership with Action for Children. The programme was programme success evaluated by researchers from the BHFNC and the British Heart in the area of research and evaluation. Prior to joining the or failure; how can this Foundation Health Promotion Research Group (BHF HPRG) based information inform at the University of Oxford. Centre, he completed his PhD at future development Loughborough University, focusing or delivery of the The Furness Families Walk4Life Programme aimed to get families on the physical activity and programme? walking together, engaging parents and carers as well as their sedentary behaviour patterns of children making walking an integral part of family life. The 12 adolescents during the after school week walking intervention was designed to encourage regular period, and studied epidemiology independent walking close to home as part of everyday life - not at the University of Cambridge. only health and leisure walks but every day trips to the shops, Andy’s research interests include school or work. measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, young Overall, the project was successful at engaging young families, people and evidence synthesis and who reported positive experiences of the programme. The communication. evaluation report highlights 34 implications for future practice. Andy’s contact details: These implications for practice can be found on page 72 – 76 Tel: 01509 226422 of the evaluation report. To download the report, please visit Email: | tel: 01509 226421
  7. 7. OLDER ADULTS Don’t stop me now! p7 5 top tips for promoting physical activity 1 The BHFNC has been working with the Full of Life programme at the Department of Work and Pensions to produce a series of resources to assist professionals to raise the public profile of Active with older people Ageing by organising local Active Ageing events and activities. Define your target Active Ageing events are designed to: audience Be clear about which group(s) of older • Provide a national and local profile to celebrate and promote the concept of Active Ageing. people you want to reach. 2 • Provide support for local Active Ageing events and programmes. Clarify the • Stimulating debate and policy on active ageing. promotional message • Ensure that older people are included in all celebratory events and festivals designed to leave Decide on a tailored a health and physical activity legacy. message that you want to use and ensure Active Ageing events are designed to target all older people 65+ but also permit local that your aims are organisations to adopt different approaches with individuals and groups with different needs and achievable, motivational in a variety of settings. and relevant. 3 To support organisations who wish to stage their own local events, we have developed a series of Use the most resources that provide advice and guidance on planning local Active Ageing events: appropriate communication • The Active Ageing Coordinator’s Planning Guide provides step by step suggestions on how to channels Examine the promote Active Ageing events, and other activities. best ways of reaching your target group(s) • The Guide to Active Ageing Promotion provides guidance on reaching different groups of older and look at partner people, how to work with the media to secure coverage of your Active Ageing events. organisations who will help you reach them. 4 • Active Ageing Ideas for Action is full of ideas on how to promote Active Ageing events and activities that promote physical activity with older people. ‘You can do it’ Use messages that recognise • Active Ageing Community Organisation’s Guide is for local community organisations and groups the obstacles that to organise their own Active Ageing event. older people face and highlight that physical To access these resources, please visit activity will help them 5 take control of their lives. ‘Someone like us’ People living with dementia People identify best with messages when they and physical activity can identify with the people and activities in There are currently over 700,000 people living with dementia in the the materials. UK and this figure is projected to double over the next 30 years. There is growing evidence to confirm that physical activity has an important For more information on role to play in both the prevention of dementia and the care and promoting physical activity wellbeing of people living with dementia. with older people visit the BHFNC Active Ageing The BHFNC is working with national partners on a programme of Promotion Guide at: www. guidance and support for those involved in providing services for people living with dementia. This aims to ensure that physical activity remains an entitlement and an integral part of care and treatment throughout the dementia journey. The programme includes:• Mapping of current practice in dementia care models.• Awareness raising (e.g. evidence-based fact sheets). Date for your diary• The development of practice guidelines for commissioners, service 13th – 17th August 2012 managers and physical activity professionals. The BHFNC in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University continue to work towardsWe will be looking to host seminars around physical activityand dementia early in 2011, keep an eye on the programme for the 2012 World Congress on Active Ageing – to be held on 13th – 17th August 2012 at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow. For further information, visit: | tel: 01509 226421
  8. 8. p8 INFORMATION SERVICES Here to help! The BHFNC Information Officers keep up-to-date on physical activity related research and practice across the UK and worldwide to ensure that you are kept up-to-date. NEW BHFNC website Saving you time Got a The BHFNC website has been re-launched! The Information Officers burning summarise key documents in The modern and user-friendly website the area of physical activity question? is easier to navigate and features a and health – drawing out the The BHFNC Helpline wealth of information, publications and key implications for physical aims to answer all resources for each of our key areas. We activity practitioners. These your questions on hope this website will support you in summaries should save you time physical activity and health. your work. and resources and ensure you Whether you are looking for are kept up-to-date with all the the latest obesity prevalence latest developments in the field. statistics or resources to encourage activity in the The latest physical activity evidence Keep an eye on workplace, our Information or and statistics sign-up to our database to Officers will endeavour to point ensure that you don’t miss out. you in the right direction. Please BHFNC produce a range of contemporary physical activity call us on 01509 226421 or factsheets on topical issues such as: send your question to • Obesity, physical activity and adults. • Physical activity and health. • Physical inactivity and economics. These fact sheets can be used to make the case for physical activity Coming soon… intervention or for health and physical activity professionals to increase and update their knowledge. Fact sheets can be New physical activity guidelines downloaded from: Work on the development of new physical activity guidelines in the UK started with planning and working groups being formed in Mid 2009. Following this there was a review of the latestKeep up-to-date Sharing practice scientific evidence on physical activity and health, a two-dayWe distribute a bi-monthly We produce comprehensive scientific meeting in October 2009, a national web consultation ‘Sharing Practice Booklets’,update to our database of phase in December 2010 and the drafting of a technical report. showcasing a range of projectsprofessionals. This update The final Technical Report, completed in May 2010, reports on from across the UK. The call forbrings the latest developments these projects to be submitted the review and consultation undertaken on physical activityin physical activity and health to the BHFNC for inclusion in the guidelines and presents the final set of recommendations forstraight to your inbox and booklet is typically announced consideration by the home country governments for the newfeatures all the latest resources each summer. These booklets UK physical activity guidelines. Additional, complementary workand publications, funding aim to: has also been completed to assess the scientific evidence on opportunities, • Encourage sharing of practice physical activity in early years, and sedentary behaviours. conferences, events among health and physical and much more. activity professionals. In the past month considerable progress has been made and along with the governments’ commitment to completing this Sign-up to our • Increase awareness of the work, a Physical Activity Guidelines Editorial Group (PAGEG) database – It’s FREE! range of interventions taking place across the UK. has now been established which will develop the final set of To receive our monthly physical guidelines for use across the four home countries. Agreement hasactivity update and other • Provide tips for physicalimportant health and physical been received from the four home country CMO offices for a joint activity practitionersactivity information via email, CMO report as the mechanism for their launch. embarking on similar projects.subscribe to the free BHFNC The plans now stand for a UK-wide CMO report with a tentative The 2010 booklet focuses ondatabase at: launch date of March 2011 or thereabouts. Look out for any raising the profile of physicaluk/subscribe-to-database developments at: activity in primary care and can be downloaded from BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences If you require this BHFNC Loughborough University Leicestershire LE11 3TU newsletter in an alternative format, Tel: 01509 226421 Fax: 01509 223972 News from BHF National Centre for physical activity+health please contact us. Email: | tel: 01509 226421