Register for Time to Move and agree to take part in the evaluation by filling in the registration form below.
After registration, we will send you a link to the first evaluation page. It should take you about 20 minutes to complete. All evaluations are anonymous. You can find detailed evaluation information further down this page.
A member of the research team will be in touch with you to arrange a time to take your physical measures.
After you have completed all of these steps you can start to use your Time to Move time.
Increased physical activity has been shown to have a wide range of benefits to both physical (e.g. the prevention of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity) and mental health (e.g. reduced stress levels and improved sleep). To help increase the amount of physical activity staff engage in, Public Health Wales have introduce a physical activity initiative as outlined on the website.
The Hot House Research Team have been asked to independently evaluate the pilot of the physical activity initiative. This evaluation will allow Public Health Wales to understand the effect of delivering the initiative on the health and well-being of staff participating.
The evaluation is funded by Public Health Wales.
Taking part in the physical activity initiative is completely voluntary and is open to all staff at Public Health Wales. As a requirement of participation in the physical activity initiative pilot set by public Health Wales, staff must take part in the pilot evaluation. If you decide to take part in the physical activity initiative and its evaluation, we will ask you to sign a consent form.
You are able to withdraw from the evaluation at any time, and do not have to provide a reason for withdrawal. A decision to withdraw will not affect your rights, however it means that you will no longer be able to participate in the physical activity initiative being run by Public Health Wales.
Once you provide consent to take part in the physical activity initiative and evaluation, you will receive an email to inform you that you are registered and the Hot House Research team will also be notified. At this point you will be registered to participate. The email you receive will contain a link to the evaluation website, a password to access the evaluation pages, and your own personal identification code to use when you are completing online questionnaires. Please keep this personal ID code safe and do not share it as it is unique to you.
The first questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. It will include a series of questions covering: health behaviours, mental health and well-being, commute method, demographics (i.e. age, gender, disability status, current job role), perceptions/use of the physical activity hour.
A member of the Hot House Research Team will be in touch (by email/phone) to arrange a time at your place of work to take some discrete physical measures. We ask for your co-operation in arranging this appointment as the Hot House Research Team are trying to collect the physical measures across all Public Health Wales sites in a cost-effective way. The physical measures will include your height, weight, body fat percentage, fat mass, visceral fat, blood pressure, heart rate and metabolic age; all measures will be collected in a non-intrusive manner using a stadiometer, body composition analyser and a blood pressure monitor. Only the Hot House Research Team will see these measurements.
Six months after you registered, you will be sent a link to a short online questionnaire which you will be asked to complete. This will ask you how you are finding the initiative including what types of physical activity you are doing. Twelve months after you registered, you will also be asked to complete a final follow up questionnaire, and arrange a time to meet with the Hot House Research Team to have your final physical measurements taken.
As part of the evaluation you may be invited to take part in an interview or focus group to explore your experiences of taking part in the intervention. You will be contacted about these at a later date. Participation in these is voluntary and separate consent will be taken to participate.
Please note, the Hot House Research team will offer no advice or guidance to participants' about their health status or refer them to other health services based on the information/ measurements collected. Participants should consider their own health and fitness abilities prior to participating in the Time to Move initiative.
This initiative will be the largest example of a national work-based physical activity initiative in Wales, therefore the findings from the evaluation will be of interest to Public Health Wales as well as other organisations, nationally in Wales, across the UK, and internationally.
All the information that you provide as part of the evaluation will be strictly confidential. This means that it will be anonymised and will be not stored with your name. Any information that the Hot House Research Team share with your employer or in reports using the findings will not identify you.
As outlined by Public Health Wales, you are required to inform your line manager of your participation in the initiative and evaluation, and therefore if you choose to withdraw at any point, you should inform them of the change. If you fail to complete the evaluation materials, this will result in you no longer being able to participate in the initiative as a requirement of Public Health Wales is that anyone who participates in the initiative also participates in the evaluation.
The findings from the evaluation will be written up in a report and other academic outputs (i.e. peer-review papers). The report will be circulated to all staff at Public Health Wales.
The evaluation has been given ethical approval by the Healthcare and Medical Sciences Academic Ethics Committee.
Researchers: Dr Catherine Sharp and Dr Kat Ford