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BEATS Study Symposium 2014


Built Environment and Active Transport to School: BEATS Study is examining transport to school habits, the neighbourhood environment and physical activity of Dunedin adolescents. Further information about the study can be found on the BEATS Study website.

In this symposium, the BEATS Research Team showcased the work accomplished to date and celebrated multi-sector collaborations between Dunedin secondary schools, community, and academia.

The BEATS Research Team shared preliminary findings from surveying over 1,200 adolescents from nine Dunedin’s secondary schools in 2014.

Symposium Programme

The symposium was held at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago, on Wednesday, 05 November 2014.

Topics included:

  • Physical activity, screen time and nutrition habits of adolescents
  • Motivations and barriers for walking to school
  • Active transport and physical activity levels
  • Cycle skills training for adolescents
  • Generation Y driving behaviours
  • Reasons for choosing a particular school
  • BEATS Study design and implementation

Download BEATS Study Symposium Programme

Download BEATS Study Symposium Abstract Booklet

Presentation slides from all presentations are available on the BEATS Study website.


The BEATS Study is a multi-sector collaboration between the University of Otago, the Dunedin Secondary Schools' Partnership and the Dunedin City Council.

The BEATS Study has been funded by Health Research Council, National Heart Foundation of New Zealand, Lottery Health Research Grant, University of Otago Research Grant, Dunedin City Council and internal grants from the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

This symposium was funded by the internal grant from the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.