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The Stand Out in Class project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Programme (NIHR PHR), will see Year 5 pupils in four Bradford primary schools trial sit-to-stand desks in a bid to better understand how these desks could one day feature in every UK classroom.
A recent study found primary school children in Bradford sit for approximately 10 hours per day, and spend 70% of their time in class sat down. Evidence shows children who sit for long periods are likely to become adults who sit for long periods, with prolonged sitting increasing the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
The study is being led by Bradford Institute for Health Research and Loughborough University scientists.
In total, eight Bradford schools are taking part. Researchers will measure children’s sitting, standing and walking time, general health, memory and learning, academic progress and classroom behaviour to gain a fuller understanding of the outcomes of using sit-to-stand desks.
If you would like to hear more about SOCS please contact:
Dr Daniel Bingham, Born in Bradford Cohort Study, Bradford Institute for Health Research
Daniel.Bingham@bthft.nhs.uk, telephone: 01274 38 3695
Dr Yu-Ling Chen (Yoyo), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
Dr Stacy Clemes, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
S.A.Clemes@lboro.ac.uk, telephone: 01509 228180
Dr Sally Barber, Born in Bradford Cohort Study, Bradford Institute for Health Research
Sally.Barber@bthft.nhs.uk, telephone: 01274 38 3696