Double showcase for groundbreaking Leicester project

Posted by pt91 at Jun 20, 2011 05:25 PM |
Medical scientists have been working closely with secondary schools to determine the best ways of communicating messages about healthy living to children.

The Health Education Reaching Out (HERO) Schools Project has been working with over 800 secondary school students in a programme that aims to shape future health education by taking advantage of outreach expertise here at Leicester.

The University’s GENIE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR-CLAHRC) for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland have been conducting research to find the most effective ways of helping young teenagers make informed choices about what they eat and how they exercise. Using GENIE’s schools outreach experience they have developed hands-on and interactive activities to help teenagers reflect on their own habits.

Last week it showcased its work to MPs, health and education professionals, sports and fitness experts and local government officials at a special meeting where discussions were held addressing some of the practical issues involved.

Then, on Thursday 16 June, it was included in the report Big Ideas for the Future published as part of Universities Week. This report was jointly published by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK and pulls together the leading research projects currently taking place across UK universities.