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 in preparation 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. 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. We aim to recruit 2400 13-14 year old adolescents (Year 9) from 18 schools (Cambridgeshire) for the main study. For more information see www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/research/directory/goactivestudy/
Intervention development and data collection of the pilot and feasibility study is complete; analysis and publication ongoing. Funding for the cluster-randomised controlled trial has been secured through the NIHR’s Public Health Research Programme (project number 13/90/18).
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).