05 September 2015


The Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (SPARColl) is based at  Edinburgh University. The collaboration is funded by the Scottish Government until October 2012 and managed by NHS Health Scotland. The focus of the SPARColl work plan is on walking. Further information on SPARColl research is available in the research section of this site. A major focus of SPARColl work plan is a community walking intervention, Walking for Wellbeing in the West.

If you would like to contact the collaboration, please contact the SPARColl project co-ordinator, Chloe McAdam.

Bright SPARCS is on 4th December 2012

SPARColl will be hosting a 3rd Bright SPARCS (Scottish Physical Activity Research Conference for (postgraduate) Students) on Tuesday 4th December 2012!  There's still time to register and submit an abstract.  It promises to be an excellent day with cutting edge research and opportunities for student networking and support!

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We've moved to Edinburgh!

SPARColl is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Nanette Mutrie as the new Chair in Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh.  The small, core SPARColl team has moved with Nanette and can be found as part of the Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (SPEHS)

Please bear with us whilst we update the website, but do pop in and visit us if you're visiting the beautiful city!

New Physical Activity Guidelines in the UK

For the first time the Chief Medical Officers of all UK countries have produced a report presenting new physical activity guidelines covering early years; children and young people; adults; and older adults.

These guidelines will help to ensure consistent messaging across the four countries. The report also represents the first time guidelines have been produced in the UK for early years (under fives) as well as sedentary behaviour, for which there is now evidence that this is an independent risk factor for ill health.

You can find the scientifically infomed guidelines and fact sheets on the Department of Health Website

Five year review report of 'lets make Scotland more active'

In 2008, a review group carried out a full review of how 'lets make Scotland more active' had been implemented in the last five years. The report can be viewed here.

SPARColl was asked to provide evidence concerning recommendations of the amount and type of physical activity needed for health gain. This evidence informed the full strategy review. This report includes a summary of the evidence considered.

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