Let's Talk Series

PEPAYS Ireland Let’s Talk Series:

Promoting physical activity and health through physical education: 25 years of lessons learned

PEPAYS Ireland is pleased to announce another session in the series of “Let’s Talk” discussion forums. Sponsored by the Facilitating Learning through Teaching and Coaching Cluster, the focus of this forum is physical education’s role in public health.

WHERE: P1-007 or participants are welcome to join the discussion through Skype

WHEN: Monday, 19 October from 6:00PM-7:00PM

The purpose of the discussion series is to engender conversation and discussion around selected topics across all of Ireland. To facilitate the discussion, each forum will use an article or report as the starting point for conversation. It is hoped that on the selected day at the designated time local groups will gather to discuss the article raising issues and implications related to it.  Hence groups will be discussing the same article at the same time in different places across the island.  Then at a designated time all groups will electronically connect to a central location to share thoughts. Alternatively, if you are an individual wishing to join the discussion you might link with the central location at the outset and join the conversation there.

Two articles (attached) selected for this forum are:

Sallis, J.F. & McKenzie, T.L. (1991). Physical education’s role in public health. Research Quaterly for Exercise and Sport, 62(2), 124-137.

Sallis, J.F., McKenzie, T.L., Beets, M.W., Beighle, A., Erwin, H., & Lee, S. (2012). Physical education’s role in public health: Steps forward and backward over 20 years and HOPE for the future. Research Quaterly for Exercise and Sport, 83(2), 125-135.

The facilitator for the session will be Stuart Fairclough.  Dr. Fairclough is a Professor in the  Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University in the UK and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick with the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences. The two papers selected include an original look at physical education’s role in public health that was a really big influence on the development of Dr. Fairclough’s work and the second paper is a timely update and reflection that was published a few years ago.

Stuart is primarily interested in children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health, and in particular interventions to modify behaviours. Within this area his work focuses on physical activity measurement and the role of multidimensional correlates in the promotion of physically active lifestyles among young people. A core setting to this work is the school environment. To date he has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and supervised a number of PhD candidates on these research topics. Away from work Stuart enjoys all kinds of exercise and physical activity and regularly runs and cycles, and occasionally plays touch rugby league. He also coaches junior rugby league and is an avid Wigan Warriors supporter.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are interested to join in person or via Skype.

Our Mission

To use high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-entity research to shape, influence and inform policy and practice relating to advancing the health and well-being of populations in the areas of physical education, sport, physical activity and health.

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