Professor John Reilly

Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

I joined the University in 2011 as John Anderson Research Leader and Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health Science. I was formerly Professor of Paediatric Energy Metabolism at the University of Glasgow. My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents globally; the development and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence globally; global monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents. I am involved in a range of national and international Knowledge Exchange projects. Recent KE projects include • leading the ‘Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card’ (www.activehealthykidsscotland.co.uk), • international executive committee of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (www.activehealthykids.org) • membership of the Science and Evidence Group for the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) https://www.who.int/end-childhood-obesity/en/ • membership of the WHO Guideline Development Group on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep for the under 5’s https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/311664 • chair of the UK Health Departments physical activity guidelines update for the Under 5’s https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/physical-activity-guidelines I have over 300 peer-reviewed papers with an h index (October 2018) of 58 (Web of Science) and 74 (Google Scholar). Recent publications include the following: Longitudinal changes in moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity in children and adolescents: systematic review and meta-analysis. MA Farooq, AM Gibson, X Janssen, AR Hughes, M, A Martin, JJ Reilly. Obes Rev 2020; 21: e12953. Energy expenditure associated with posture transitions in pre-school children. KL Downing, X Janssen, DP Cliff, AD Okely, JJ Reilly. PLoS ONE 2019; 14 (4) e0215169 Non-linear association

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    has expertise in:

    • childhood obesity: aetiology; diagnosis; prevention; treatment; consequences
    • objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
    • longitudinal (birth cohort) studies, in particular with ALSPAC and GMS in the UK
    • systematic reviewing: evidence appraisal, and evidence - based guideline development
    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in children and adolescents

Publications

Prevalence and novel risk factors for vitamin D insufficiency in elite athletes : systematic review and meta-analysis
Harju Tilda, Gray Blair, Mavroedi Alexandra, Farooq Abdulaziz, Reilly John Joseph
European Journal of Nutrition (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-022-02967-z
Results from Scotland's 2021 report card on physical activity and health for children and youth : grades, secular trends, and socio-economic inequalities
Bardid Farid, Tomaz Simone A, Johnstone Avril, Robertson Jenni, Craig Leone C A, Reilly John J
Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesf.2022.07.002
Levels and correlates of objectively measured sedentary behaviour in young children : SUNRISE study results from 19 countries
Kariippanon Katharina E, Chong Kar Hau, Janssen Xanne, Tomaz Simone A, Ribeiro Evelyn Hc, Munambah Nyaradzai, Chan Cecilia Hs, Chathurangana P W Prasad, Draper Catherine E, El Hamdouchi Asmaa, Florindo Alex A, Guan Hongyan, Ha Amy S, Hossain Mohammad Sorowar, Kim Dong Hoon, Van Kim Thanh, Koh Denise Cl, Löf Marie, Pham Bang Nguyen, Poh Bee Koon, Reilly John J, Staiano Amanda E, Suherman Adang, Tanaka Chiaki, Tang Hong Kim, Tremblay Mark S, Webster E Kipling, Wickramasinghe V Pujitha, Wong Jyh Eiin, Okely Anthony D
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Vol 54, pp. 1123-1130 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000002886
Nature-based early childhood education and children's physical activity, sedentary behavior, motor competence, and other physical health outcomes : a mixed-methods systematic review
Johnstone Avril, McCrorie Paul, Cordovil Rita, Fjørtoft Ingunn, Iivonen Susanna, Jidovtseff Boris, Lopes Frederico, Reilly John J, Thomson Hilary, Wells Valerie, Martin Anne
Journal of Physical Activity and Health Vol 19, pp. 456-472 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2021-0760
Nature-based early childhood education and children's social, emotional and cognitive development : a mixed-methods systematic review
Johnstone Avril, Martin Anne, Cordovil Rita, Fjørtoft Ingunn, Iivonen Susanna, Jidovtseff Boris, Lopes Frederico, Reilly John J, Thomson Hilary, Wells Valerie, McCrorie Paul
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 19 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105967
24-hour movement behaviors in children with chronic disease and their healthy peers : a case-control study
Elmesmari Rabha A, Reilly John J, Paton James Y
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 19 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052912

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Teaching

I teach on the BSc Sport & Physical Activity degree, mainly in the Physical Activity & Health classes (e.g. Sports Nutrition), and supervise students doing mini-research projects in 3rd year and larger research dissertation projects in 4th year. 

Research interests

My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents (including impacts on academic attainment); the development  and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence in low-middle income countries as well as high income countries.

 I have over 340 peer-reviewed papers with an h index (August 2020) of 65 (Scopus) and 83 (Google Scholar), and a career FWCI of 3.2.Recent publications can be found in the Personal Statement. A number of recent research projects have been included in news articles in The Conversation- links below

https://theconversation.com/rewild-your-kids-why-playing-outside-should-be-a-post-pandemic-priority-156077

https://theconversation.com/as-schools-reopen-will-this-be-the-least-fit-generation-of-schoolchildren-ever-145492

https://theconversation.com/active-commuting-could-make-childrens-return-to-school-better-for-their-health-and-the-planet-133094

https://theconversation.com/obesity-is-more-common-than-you-think-heres-why-131341

https://theconversation.com/why-fidgeting-could-be-good-for-your-childs-health-122346

https://theconversation.com/why-screen-time-for-babies-children-and-adolescents-needs-to-be-limited-110630

Professional activities

Active Healthy Kids Scotland (Event)
Member
2013
WHO Geneva Working Group (External organisation)
Member
2013
IAEA (Event)
Advisor
2012
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (Event)
Member
2012
Finnish Academy of Sciences (External organisation)
Member
2009
BMBF (External organisation)
Member
2009

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Projects

Movement behaviours (physical activity, screen time, and sleep) in early childhood in Malawi
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
Movement behaviours (physical activity, screen time, and sleep) in early childhood in Malawi.
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2024
Prevention of obesity, diabetes and some cancers in early childhood: translation of the 'ToyBox' pre-school intervention to Scotland
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Prevention of obesity, diabetes and some cancers in early childhood: translation of the 'ToyBox' pre-school intervention to Scotland
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Development and evaluation of active and outdoor play as a strategy for increasing physical activity of children.
Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator) Reilly, John (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2018
Active Healthy Kids Report Card
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator)
04-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2016
Healthy Habits Happy Homes: Translation of an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention to Socio-economically Deprived Families in Scotland : 3 year studentship for Kyla Booth
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
3 year studentship for Kyla Booth - Healthy Habits Happy Homes: Translation of an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention to Socio-economically Deprived Families in Scotland
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2019

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Graham Hills Building

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