Bradford Institute for Health Research - Senior Research Fellow
Excessive sedentary behaviour (sitting) is a risk factor for poor health in children and adults. Incorporating sit-stand desks in the classroom environment has been highlighted as a potential strategy to reduce children’s sedentary time
Working with colleagues at Loughborough, Leicester, York and Deakin (Melbourne, Australia) Universities we conducted a cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a sit-stand desk with eight primary school, year 5 classrooms in Bradford. Six sit-stand desks replaced three standard desks (sitting 6 children) in the intervention classrooms for 4.5-months. Teachers used a rotation system to ensure all pupils were exposed to the sit-stand desks for >1 hour/day on average.
A preliminary estimate of intervention effectiveness revealed significant reductions in daily sitting time. Qualitative measures revealed the intervention and evaluation procedures were acceptable to teachers and children, except minor issues around activPAL attachment. This study provides evidence of the acceptability and feasibility of a sit-stand desk intervention and evaluation methods.
Fundamental ResearchCore Science
Collect data and evidence
Fundamental ResearchDiscovery and Design
Implement in schools
TranslateTrials and Assessment
Co-design and test in ~ 10 schools
ImplementLarge Randomised Controlled Trial
Refine and test across ~ 100 schools
Test in contexts and delivery conditions ~ 500 schools
Develop national policy with Whitehall partners