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About the BHFNC
The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) was established in April 2000 with funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). We are part of the prestigious School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University and are well recognised across the UK for leadership in the promotion of physical activity and health.
We are committed to developing and promoting resources, training, information and guidance that will help professionals encourage people to be more physically active. Our key project areas include:
- young people
- older adults
- primary care
- research and evaluation.
Our primary aim is to develop, translate and disseminate research and practice-based evidence to expand and improve effective practice of physical activity promotion in the UK.
Our objectives include:
- undertaking new research and evaluation activities to further the understanding of how to deliver effective physical activity interventions.
- collating and interpreting existing research and practice-based evidence relating to physical activity promotion.
- developing evidence-based resources, training and programmes to support the development and delivery of effective physical activity interventions and policy
- dissemination of research and evaluation findings and current evidence on effective practice to practitioners, managers, commissioners and policy-makers to inform and improve practice and policy on physical activity promotion
- providing leadership and advocacy for physical activity and health across the UK at a national, regional and local level to ensure physical activity plays a significant part in new policies, strategies and programmes.