Sharing all the latest news and views from across the ActEarly teams
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Issue 1 – January 2022
Improving our two-way communications
HELLO AND WELCOME to the first edition of AntennAE, a new e-bulletin to keep everyone involved with ActEarly up-to-date with all our latest news. We have fellow researchers, exploring the complexities of ant communication, to thank for its title. It was they who discovered that ants not only pick up information through their antennae but also use them to convey social signals. It was the first time antennae have been found to be a two-way communication device, rather than just a receptor. So we very much hope that as well reading our news, you will share your updates too – and contribute to our future success. Contact us

Upcoming opportunities

Diary date

WEDNESDAY January 12 – Methods Club. Guest speaker is Dr Cecilia Vindrola, from UCL IRIS (Institutional Research Information Service) and Co-director of the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL). Click here to reserve your place.

Job opportunities

Research Secretary/Administrator, University of York to work with the Public Health Nutrition Research group. Click here to find out more and to apply.

Senior Research Fellow, Born in Bradford. Click here to find out more and apply.
Meredith Hawking

Meet the team

SAY hello to Meredith Hawking who has recently started work on ActEarly working closely with Carol Dezateux at Queen Mary University of London, contributing to the Healthy Food and Weight theme. Meredith is an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow with an interdisciplinary background in social science and public health research. Her research interests include: health practices, illness narratives and moral discourses, patient experiences of, and engagement with, public health programmes, plus decision-making and communication in clinical encounters.
ActEarly Dream & Design Workshop

‘Dream and Design’

AS part of our co-production strategy development work, we ran two workshops in November 2021 (one in Bradford and the other in Tower Hamlets) which asked delegates to “dream and design” ideas to make it possible for our communities to work with us using co-productive approaches. The workshops were well-received and thoroughly engaging. We have so many ideas from them which we will include in our strategy. This artwork illustration gives an indication of the kind of discussions we heard and some ideas which will feature in our strategy.
Glasses in Classes

Glasses in Classes’ new national focus

ONE of our Healthy Learning trials is to be expanded to thousands more pupils who will be given free glasses in a bid to boost literacy by tackling poor eyesight. The Department for Education (DfE) is to widen the “Glasses in Classes” scheme to reach more than 9,000 pupils in at least 225 schools in England. Piloted at 100 primary schools in Bradford, it will now be adapted for five disadvantaged areas in England under the DfE’s “Opportunity Areas” programme. You can read more here from our theme lead Mark Mon-Williams and TV health expert Miriam Stoppard.
Healthy Places is one of the core themes of the ActEarly programme

Video’s COP26 starring role

Healthy Places is one of the core themes of the ActEarly programme. This video, recorded in Bradford, highlights some of the reasons why a healthy environment is crucial to health and well-being. We are proud to hear that it was also broadcast at the recent COP26 Climate adaptation event in Glasgow as part of the UKRI stand.

Have we got research news for you!

Here is a small snapshot of our recent academic outputs:

Measuring the Built Environment in Studies of Child Health—A Meta-Narrative Review of Associations. Read more

What Family Circumstances, During COVID-19, Impact on Parental Mental Health in an Inner City Community in London? Read more

Taking a deep breath: a qualitative study exploring acceptability and perceived unintended consequences of charging clean air zones and air quality improvement initiatives amongst low-income, multi-ethnic communities in Bradford. Read more
A review of the effectiveness and experiences of welfare advice services co-located in health settings: a critical narrative systematic review. Read more

Delivering a childhood obesity prevention intervention using Islamic religious settings in the UK: What is most important to the stakeholders? Read more

Using a multi-stakeholder experience-based design process to co-develop the Creating Active Schools Framework. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. Read more

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ActEarly are working with local communities, local authorities and other national organisations to understand how we can help families live healthier and more active lives.

This work was supported by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, an initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation Councils, the Department of Health and Social Care (England) and the UK devolved administrations, and leading health research charities. Read more
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