Department of Health/ ERSI - Growing Up in Ireland - the National Longitudinal Study of Children

Growing Up in Ireland


 Department of Health & Children - State of the Nation’s Children: Ireland 2012

State of the Nations Children 2012


The Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study, DCU

Children's Sport PA Participation


Mary Immaculate College Limerick - Children's Independent Mobility on the Island of Ireland. 

Children's Mobility Report MI


BHF - Evidence Briefing on Sedentary Behaviour             

 BHF Sedentary Briefing

Evidence Briefing Physical Activity for Children and Young People

BHF Evidence Brief for PA Children and Young People

Evidence Briefing Exergaming 

BHF Exergaming Briefing

Practical strategies for promoting physical activity 

BHF Promoting PA Young People

Practical strategies for promoting physical activity 

 BHF Evidence Strategies for Children PA 

I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.

 Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth