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School of Health & Human Performance

School of Health and Human Performance

Name: Danielle Powell

Contact phone number: 01-7007441

Contact email address:

Qualification of Study (M.Sc., Ph.D., other): Ph.D

Research Title: Implementation and evaluation of the Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health intervention programme

Year commenced: August 2013

Anticipated year of completion: 2016

Supervisor: Dr. Sarahjane Belton and Dr. Johann Issartel

Research summary

The Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH) intervention programme is a school based Physical Education (PE) intervention which aims to improve physical activity  (PA) levels of first year post-primary students through educating them on the importance of PA for health, improving levels of motivation, developing fundamental movement skill levels, and generating a supportive environment for PA. Currently a randomised control trial in 20 second level schools in the greater Dublin area is underway.


Dublin Local Sports Partnerships; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Sports Partnership and Dublin City Sports Network.