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Physical activity Projects

The following is a few select projects in the UK which aim to improve well-being by physical activity.

Active Primary School Programme

The Active Primary School Programme was set up by Sportscotland in 2000 and is still evolving. An Active Primary School enables young people to become more physically active both within and out with the school day. Primary school teachers are employed as co-ordinators who then work across a number of schools. The co-ordinator works alongside staff, parents and pupils to improve on the school’s physical activity programme and also pull existing resources and initiatives together. The main topics covered by the co-ordinators are physical education, active play, after-school sports and active travel. The Active Primary Schools are also linked to a secondary school with a school sports co-ordinator.

Click here for further information on active schools.

Basic Moves

The Basic Moves Programme helps children develop their basic movement skills to allow them to participate in physical activity throughout their lives. Click here for further information from the research group at the University of Edinburgh.

A Little Physical Activity Means a Lot

This is a training resource which targets people whose work affects physical activity and was created by the Glasgow Physical Activity Forum and NHS Argyll and Clyde. It includes training and personal development to those working in health, leisure, education and planning. Click here for the Scottish Government's strategy 'Let's make Scotland more Active'.

Older People in Fife

Since 1992, Fife Council in association with St Andrews University and NHS Fife have provided a training programme for those who provide care to older people. ‘Exercise and older people’ incorporates training and ongoing support to help care-home staff to promote physical activity. It also attracts individuals from social services, health services and those working in the voluntary and private sector. Over 300 staff have now taken part in the programme leading to a growing network of older people’s activity leaders in Fife.


Play@Home was adapted from an existing programme in New Zealand and introduced by  Fife Council and Fife Primary Care NHS Trust in 1999. The programe has 3 books which guide parents and carers through progressive activities which are age appropriate to the child’s stage of development, from birth to five years of age. The Baby Book is given to all new parents by their Health visitors with the Toddler Book given once the child is one year old and pre-school book when the child is three years old. The programme helps to support the development of good parenting skills and aims to introduce positive attitudes to physical activity from birth. They recommend that all children and young people take part in at least one hour a day of physical activity which could include physical education, exercise, sports, play and dance, to name a few. Click here for further information.

Physical Activity task force website

The Scottish Executive, in its White Paper “Towards A Healthier Scotland”, recommended that the Physical Activity Task Force should be set up. Their first recommendation was that there should be a permanent, full-time physical activity policy team within the Scottish Executive, with the responsibility of changing and monitoring the activity levels of the Scottish population. It was found that are no comprehensive strategies, policies or programmes that have long-term funding to deal with the problem of inactivity in Scotland. Where good practice exists, it is not available throughout Scotland. Also, many examples of good practice are short-term projects. To read the report click here


Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. They aim to create a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. The aim of Sustrans is to reduce the environmental and resource impacts of transport, enable people to choose active travel more often, provide car-free access to essential local services and create streets and public spaces into places for people to enjoy. For further information on how Sustrans aims to achieve these goals click here

Streets for people

In 2004, a how-to manual entitled 'Streets for people' was released to show  people how to implement Traffic Calming in their area. The idea of traffic calming has been around since the ancient Romans used stepping stones to slow chariots at pedestrian crossings. A belief of traffic calming is that streets are valuable public space and should be shared equally by all users. It is a set of street designs and traffic rules that slow and reduce traffic while encouraging walkers and cyclists to share the street. Traffic calming methods include speed humps, raised crosswalks and raised intersections, to name a few. Click here to read more about the Traffic Calming.

Walk in to work out

Walk in to work out is a pack which aims to support people who are thinking about walking or cycling to work. The pack can help them to plan journeys, set goals and includes safety information. A pilot was carried out by Great Glasgow NHS Board and the University of Glasgow which showed that those who received the pack were twice as likely to increase walking to work as those who didn’t and many were doing this one year later. Click  here for a study carried based around the project. Also, click here for some useful tips on walking to work.



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