Embedding physical activity in primary, secondary and tertiary education

Moving a sedentary generation: Comparing implementation approaches at scale to increase child and youth physical activity.

With just two out of ten Aussie kids meeting national physical activity guidelines and spending up to 70 per cent of the day sitting, there is an urgent need for changes to be made in kids’ everyday life. It is important to identify the opportunities for children to move throughout the day.

One of the most challenging aspects of research is the process of bringing evidence into everyday practice and policy. It can take up to 17 years for a small percentage of studies to make their way to practice.

The objective of this program of research, funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant, is to test different implementation pathways to increase child and youth physical activity in real world settings.

This research will maximise the impact of physical activity interventions in children and youth nationally and internationally, through an increased understanding of the process of scale-up.

This research program will:

  • Identify key factors that contribute to implementation effectiveness of school-based physical activity initiatives in Australia and internationally
  • Adapt the TransformUs program for primary school children with special needs
  • Use co-design methods to develop physical activity initiatives for adolescents in secondary schools
  • Incorporate novel physical activity intervention strategies into the tertiary education system with pre-service teachers to facilitate active learning to become the ‘new norm’ for generations to come.

The ultimate goal is for these intervention programs to be embedded within the primary, secondary and tertiary education systems.


For more information, see the TransformUs website or contact transformus@deakin.edu.au or phone +61 3 9244 3033