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Take Part Study (DCU)


School of Health and Health Performance, Dublin City University

Subject Keywords: The growing problem of physical inactivity among children and adults in Ireland.
Topic: Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Take Part Study of Physical Activity levels of Dublin Teenagers In Ireland shows up to 25 per cent of 15-17 year olds are either overweight or obese. This figure is 15 per cent in the US for a similar study. These findings come from the Take Part Study of the physical activity levels of Dublin teenagers, the largest ongoing research project at the Centre for Sport Science and Health at DCU. Over 900 students were involved with the research project. Over 60 per cent of the sample group, taken from the Eastern Area Health Board, travelled to school by car or by bus and between 60 and 70 per cent of them watched two or more hours television per day. Sixty-five per cent of 15-17 year olds are not physically active. Comparative research into the physical activity levels of 15-17 year olds in the Northern Area Health Board is currently in progress. The findings of ムTake PARTメ were announced by Sean Power, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children on 28 September 2005. This survey was carried out by the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University and funded by the Irish Heart Foundation, Health Services Executive (HSE) Northern Area, and Fingal Sports Partnership. The report, which was launched to mark the start of Irish Heart Week (25 September ヨ 1 October) looked at the physical activity levels of 1,500 adolescents year olds in North Dublin city and county and highlighted important influences and barriers that impact on young peopleメs participation in physical activity. The recommendations from the Take Part Study include a proposal that greater efforts are made to reduce the prolonged TV viewing of teenagers and that more emphasis is put on ways of becoming more active. The researchers suggested that opportunities to participate in team and individual based activities need to be provided for this age group. Active commuting and the promotion of healthy food choices were also emphasised.



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School of Health and Health Performance, Dublin City University. (2004) Take Part Study (DCU) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 17th September 2019].


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