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Childhood Health and Exercise

Several University of Chichester academics conduct research in the field of Childhood Health and Exercise

Dr Julia Potter has carried out research concerning the extent of obesity in West Sussex school children, exploring the relationship between body composition and aortic diameter. She oversees studies in this field including the diagnosis and measurement of obesity in children and the relationship between muscle mass and strength in normal and overweight children.

Her work has led to the introduction of school-based intervention strategies designed to encourage overweight and obese children to become physically active and lead a healthy lifestyle.

She was also part of the LEAF (Lifestyle, Eating, Activity and Fitness) team who work with obese children and their parents, in collaboration with St Richard’s hospital. Julia’s other research interests broadly include children’s exercise and health and stress physiology.

Dr Suzanne Everley was also part of the LEAF team, where her focus was on the experiences of families; her research focuses on children’s experiences of physical education and physical activity.

Most recently she is lead researcher evaluating the impact that the Youth Sport Trust’s London 2012 Curriculum Legacy is having on motivation and attainment in art, music, SET and Physical Education.

Alison Wakefield was involved in a research project in collaboration with St Richard’s Hospital and local schools investigating the effects of exercise intervention on the management of asthma in children.