Research assistant, Swansea University
I am a research assistant in Swansea University's Medical School specialising in physical activity in childhood (5 - 18 years old). My main focus has been managing the ACTIVE Project; a randomised control trial aiming to empower teenagers to get more active. Promoting physical activity has been a big priority for me from my role as mentor to young people not in education, employment or training with three premiership rugby clubs (Warriors, Bath and the Scarlets) to being a fitness instructor and part of the NERS programme. My current role gives me the scope to make a real difference through my research and dissemination.
It is important to me that research messages can be delivered to everyone and that everyone has an opportunity in shaping how my research is delivered. ACTIVE has had co-production with participants embedded into it's inception and implementation and it's how I believe we can make the most difference to those who need help.
Heart disease causes an estimated 31% of all deaths worldwide each year. While the condition is often associated with older adults, rising childhood inactivity and poor fitness levels mean that the risk factors associated...