Professor John Reilly

Physical Activity and Health

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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

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Area of Expertise

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
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Publications

Association between physical activity and health outcomes (high body fatness, high blood pressure) in Namibian adolescents and adult women
Nashandi Hilde Liisa, Monyeki Makama Andries, Reilly John J
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 21 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph21040446
Practical steps needed to achieve impact of the WHO 2019 movement behaviour guidelines for children under the age of 5 : the SUNRISE Study Europe Group evaluation
De Craemer Marieke, Veldman Sanne LC, Azevedo Liane B, Bardid Farid, Del Pozo Cruz Jesus, Engberg Elina, Jarani Juel, Kontsevaya Anna, Löf Marie, Martins Clarice, Nalecz Hanna, Okely Anthony, Tremblay Mark, Venetsanou Fotini, Yildiz Mehmet, Reilly John J
The Lancet Regional Health - Europe Vol 39 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanepe.2024.100869
Nutrition and health in Arab adolescents (NaHAR) : study protocol for the determination of ethnic-specific body fat and anthropometric cut-offs to identify metabolic syndrome
Nasreddine Lara, Bakir Mohamad Adel, Al-Ati Tareq, Alzaben Abeer Salman, Barham Rawhieh, Bawazeer Nahla, Fares Elie-Jacques, Hammad Kholoud, Kaestel Pernille, Reilly John J, Taktouk Mandy
PLOS One Vol 19 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0298306
A systematic evaluation of physical activity and diet policies in Scotland : results from the 2021 Active Healthy Kids Report Card
Tomaz Simone A, Reilly John J, Johnstone Avril, Hughes Adrienne, Robertson Jenni, Craig Leone C A, Bardid Farid
Journal of Public Health (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdae022
Physical activity levels during school recess in a nationally representative sample of 10-11-year-olds
Wong Lan Sum, Reilly John J, McCrorie Paul, Harrington Deirdre M
Pediatric Exercise Science Vol 36, pp. 37-43 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1123/pes.2022-0144
Future Directions for Movement Behavior Research in the Early Years
Carson Valerie, Draper Catherine E, Okely Anthony, Reilly John J, Tremblay Mark S
Journal of Physical Activity and Health Vol 21, pp. 218-221 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2023-0679

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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. 

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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

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

Email: john.j.reilly@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4235