On 29 January 2013, Professor Gareth Stratton of the Applied-Sports Technology Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre, College of Engineering, Swansea University will give the next Swansea University briefing at the National Assembly, 'From Fitness to Fatness and Back Again: The Road Map to a Healthy Childhood'.

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This briefing will explore the trends in children's physical activity, health, fitness and overweight. In 2007 a study on fitness ranked children in Wales 23rd out of 23 countries in Europe. Recent Health Survey data also points towards increasing levels of  inactivity and growing waistlines of children in Wales. Gareth will outline the current evidence on children's fitness, physical activity and health from studies in England and Wales and explore approaches to engaging children in activity programmes that have sound scientific support.  He will also propose how inter institutional collaboration can be harnessed to positively impact on 21st century public health and subsequent policy and strategy

Professor Gareth Stratton Directs the Applied-Sports Technology Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre and is a founder member of the Engineering Behaviour Analytics in Sports and Exercise (E-BASE) group in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. Gareth also chaired the NICE group that produced the physical activity guidelines for children and young people in 2009, and led the sub group that wrote the physical activity guidelines for the Chief Medical Officer. Gareth also leads the Sportslinx programme that won the European Childhood Obesity Group Award in 2011. Gareth's research is interdisciplinary mainly paediatric in focus and spans community to laboratory.

The briefing will begin at 12.30 pm, and will be chaired by Professor Jonathan Bradbury, who organises the briefings on behalf of the Research Institute of Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Swansea University and which are sponsored by Julie James AM for Swansea West.

For further details, and to register for a place at the briefing, please contact Helen Baldwin at RIAH, Swansea University at  h.baldwin@swansea.ac.uk

Previous briefings in the 2012-13 series include:

25 September 2012

'No salmon in Yemen – Learning from successes and failures in salmon and trout conservation’
Dr Carlos Garcia de Leaniz, Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University

27 November 2012

‘Migration to Wales’
Professor Heaven Crawley, Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR), Swansea University