The GoActive intervention was developed using adolescent input and aims to increase physical activity through increased peer support, self-efficacy, self-esteem and friendship quality. In the GoActive intervention, each Year 9 tutor group chooses 2 activities weekly; students are encouraged to try these activities by mentors (older adolescents in the school) and weekly peer-leaders (in each Year 9 class). Students get points for trying new activities which are entered into a between-class competition. A development, feasibility and pilot study have been conducted, showing feasibility of intervention implementation and evaluation.
A cluster-randomised controlled trial is underway to assess the effectiveness of the GoActive intervention in Year 9 students (13-14 year old) on objectively-measured physical activity at 8-10 week and 12 month follow-up. Nearly 3,000 Year 9 students in 16 schools took part in baseline assessments between September 2016 and January 2017.
Secondary outcomes comprise other accelerometer-assessed and self-reported activity, psychosocial mediators of change, friendship quality, mood, school-reported academic performance, anthropometry, costs. A mixed-methods process evaluation will also be conducted.
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Intervention development, data collection and analysis of the pilot and feasibility study is complete and has been published. Funding for the cluster-randomised controlled trial has been secured through the NIHR’s Public Health Research Programme (project number 13/90/18), and the trial is now underway.
Unit led study with responsibility for data.
UKCRC (via CEDAR) and MRC core funding for development, feasibility and pilot testing. The cluster-randomised controlled trial is funded by the NIHR’s Public Health Research Programme (project number 13/90/18).