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

Growing Up in Ireland


Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) studies (1998-2002), (2006), (2010) & (2014) . Middle Childhood Study: Socio-demographic patterns in health behaviours, risk behaviours, health outcomes and social contexts of young people's health.

HBSC logo


The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Descriptives of childhood obesity risk factors 2016


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


 British Heart Foundation National Centre Evidence Briefing Papers             

BHF Sedentary Briefing 
Sedentary Behaviour and Public Health- 

This BHFNC evidence briefing provides an overview of the evidence relating to sedentary behaviour and public health. It defines sedentary behaviour and summarises the risks and current levels as well as the implications for policy and practice. It also reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour providing an overview of the evidence on sedentary behaviour and public health. 

BHF Evidence Brief for PA Children and Young People 
Evidence Briefing Physical Activity for Children and Young People-

This focuses on children and young people aged 5-18. It looks at the available research evidence for the benefits of physical activity for this age group.

BHF Exergaming Briefing
Evidence Briefing Exergaming -

This evidence briefing from the BHF National Centre summarises what is known about active video gaming (known as exergaming) from both laboratory and ‘real life’ research. It also provides recommendations on the use of exergaming as a physical activity intervention.

BHF Promoting PA Young People 
Young People: Practical strategies for promoting physical activity- 

It looks at 11-18 year olds specifically and provides evidence-based suggestions and practical ideas for this age group. The briefing contains information on promoting physical activity to young people within the community as well as in a school setting. 

 BHF Evidence Strategies for Children PA 
Children: Practical strategies for promoting physical activity -

This practice briefing suggests practical strategies for promoting physical activity with children aged 6-11. The evidence-based recommendations in this briefing are underpinned by research findings and are followed by practical strategies to support their implementation. The resource is split into three sections looking at:

  • promoting physical activity in schools and the community
  • promoting physical activity to children specifically within the school setting
  • promoting active travel to children.

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