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BEATS Research Programme overview

The lack of physical activity and increase of sedentary lifestyle in adolescents is a global health problem. Active transport (walking or cycling) to school is a convenient and free way to integrate physical activity into everyday life and maintain or increase physical activity levels.

Encouraging active transport to school among adolescents and using active transport to school as a means of increasing physical activity will promote obesity-preventing lifestyles and improve cardiovascular health.

The findings from the BEATS Research Programme are:

  • providing valuable and unique information for schools, city councils, transport agencies and land planners.
  • suggesting potential ways to encourage students’ active transport to school and increase physical activity levels in adolescents.
  • helping inform future interventions for built environment change, education campaigns, school policy development and city/regional policy development.

The BEATS Research Programme is a collaboration between the University of Otago, the Dunedin City Council, the Dunedin Secondary Schools' Partnership, the Otago Secondary School Principals' Association and Auckland University of Technology.

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