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Leeds Beckett Academic helping shape physical activity policy and practice

A Leeds Beckett academic is starting a new role on a national team, which will allow him to help shape future physical activity policy and practice.

Dr Andy Pringle, a Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health in the Carnegie School of Sport, joins the Implementation and Surveillance Expert Working Group (EWG) that reviews the Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) physical activity recommendations. There are six EWGs and they all comprise of UK and international experts in the field.

Speaking about his new appointment, Dr Pringle said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected and I think this is a great outcome for the Nutrition and Physical Activity Subject Group.

“This new role will allow me the rare opportunity to shape future physical activity policy and practice.

“I haven’t been involved in a CMO review before but I believe my previous work for The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and research on implementation held me in good stead for what was a very competitive selection process.”

The current UK physical activity guidelines were published by the CMO in 2011; they offer evidence-based recommendations for physical activity related health outcomes for women during pregnancy, under 5s, children and young people aged  six  to 18, adults aged 19 to 64 and older adults aged 65 plus. The review will provide updated practical public health guidelines and the development of potential implementation pathways for all groups, from healthcare to communications professionals.

Over the next 12 months, six EWGs will work with key national stakeholders to review the current guidelines and present new recommendations to the four UK CMOs based upon the latest scientific evidence.

Dr Pringle is the Research and Enterprise Lead for Physical Activity at Leeds Beckett University. His main teaching and research focuses on the effectiveness of physical activity and health interventions with adults and older adults. He was previously a Senior Health Promotion Specialist working in Primary Care and Community settings.

He led the £3.2m National Evaluation of the Department of Health’s Local Exercise Action Pilots, and the £1.6m Premier League Men’s Health project - a national evaluation of men’s health interventions in 16 Premier League football clubs.

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