Call for local dads to take part in university study

I received the below request from Bristol University’s Jez Zahra, can you help please? Are you a dad with a child in primary school? If so we want to talk to you! We are looking for dads with primary school aged children to take part in a short telephone interview about physical activity interventions! Many universities design and run health interventions to try and improve different aspects of health. Unfortunately, not many men take part in the research. We want to investigate why this is and how we can change it. If you take part in an interview, you will receive a £10 ‘love to shop’ voucher to thank you for your time. What will you be asked to do? If you agree to take part we will organise a time to do a 30 – 45 minute interview (telephone or face-to-face) about your opinions on what would affect your decision to attend a physical activity intervention. By taking part, you are not signing up for an actual intervention, we just want to learn more about the type of things we should consider when designing interventions specifically for men. In return for your time you will receive a £10 ‘love to shop’ voucher as a thank you. Why is being active so important? Activity levels are dropping and health is suffering as a consequence. Whatever your age, there is strong evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier life. People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. Additionally, research shows that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing the risk of stress, depression and dementia. What is the study all about? The aim is to understand how we can recruit more males in to physical activity research. The study will have a specific focus on how to design an enjoyable physical activity intervention that improve men’s physical activity. We want to understand what appeals to fathers of young children and what may restrict participation in interventions. How do I get involved? If you want to take part or have any questions, then please contact Jez at the University of Bristol. Jez can be contacted at Jez.zahra@bristol.ac.uk or on 0117 3311089. The study has received ethical clearance from the University of Bristol’s School for Policy Studies.

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