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RESEARCH INFLUENCING POLICY

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Influencing the Choosing Health white paper and the Children's Plan

Children playing


Research into the everyday travel and activity patterns of children carried out by Professor Roger Mackett, of UCL's Centre for Transport Studies, informed two major government publications: the Department of Health white paper Choosing Health: Making Healthy Choices, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families' Children's Plan.

The research involved fitting activity monitors to 200 school children and getting them to keep diaries of their travel and activities. One finding was that children aged 12-13 burned up more calories walking to and from school for a week than in two hours of school PE and
games lessons. A later finding revealed that more calories were expended in free play - like kicking a ball around - than in equivalent organised activities.
 The report’s findings helped to influence government proposals for increasing children’s fitness.

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