Participants were 12 (feasibility) and 42 (pilot) families across Norfolk and Suffolk. Physical (e.g., weight), psychosocial (e.g., social support), and behavioural (e.g., objectively-measured family PA) measures were assessed at 2 time points in both studies. An additional long-term follow up was included for the pilot trial.
Physical activity has been repeatedly and positively associated with beneficial health outcomes for children. We know that being physically active is great for kids’ bone health, heart health, and mental health. Despite this, recent figures suggest that almost 70% of boys, and 80% of girls, do not meet the physical activity recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity each day. By getting our kids more active, we can help them grow, learn, and have fun. Spending time being active with their families may bring additional benefits, for example, improved family functioning and connectedness.
FRESH (Families Reporting Every to Steps to Health) is an innovative programme that was designed to help families (with a child in Key Stage 2) in Norfolk and Suffolk become more active together. Two FRESH studies were conducted, for which we received support from Active Norfolk and Suffolk County Council. The two FRESH studies included a small short-term feasibility study and a larger pilot trial that included a long-term follow up assessment.
The FRESH pilot trial recruitment video can be viewed below.
FRESH was featured on BBC Look East – you can watch the clip below.