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Great Ormond Street and Kineo help teens GET FIT with e-learning

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is helping teens get fit through the creation of a new, innovative e-learning resource, developed in partnership with Kineo. The UK government has set a target of one hour of physical exercise every day for 11-16 year-olds.

Children First for Health (CFfH) is a general health information resource with age category sections for young users of all ages and parents. Run by Great Ormond Street Hospital, the site exists to support GOSH's public health strategy of encouraging young people to lead 'healthy and active' lifestyles through health education and awareness.

GOSH partnered with Kineo, the leading e-learning company, to create a new section for this site, called 'GET FIT'. It's focused on helping 11-16 year olds reach the government target of one hour of daily physical activity.

GET FIT includes:

• Engaging e-learning resources which show the benefits of physical exercise and motivate young people to try different activities

• Interviews with celebrities and sports stars sharing practical tips and advice for getting fit and staying fit

• An interactive diary tool to help young people plan and keep track of their physical activity

GET FIT will engage its target audience and change their behaviour and understanding of health and exercise, in line with the national curriculum and Healthy School's programme.

Marcella McEvoy of GOSH says:" The new GET FIT learning dimension will play a key role in supporting our overall strategy to promote the benefits of physical activity, and encourage more young people to participate in sport. We are very grateful to Kineo for their generous support, creative input and dedication to this pilot project.

Kineo partner Stephen Walsh says: "We are immensely proud of our partnership with GOSH on this project, and given its valuable goals we were happy to work for free on the initial phases as a pro bono project for 2009. From the feedback so far, we believe the e-learning and Moodle design will really help young people achieve exercise goals."

The site is available now at: Get Fit.

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Read the Great Ormond Street Hospital case study.

To get a video overview of the site, visit: Great Ormond Street Hospital video.

About Children First for Health - www.childrenfirst.nhs.uk

Children First for Health is Great Ormond Street Hospital's award winning children's health and hospital information resource for young people of all ages and parents.

The site is packed with 5,000 pages of age-appropriate information spanning everyday health concerns through to chronic illness and hospital life. Visitors can access the latest health news, features, short films and audio podcast real stories, information factsheets, first-aid tips plus lots more.

You can also post your health questions online and read clinically approved replies from Great Ormond Street Hospital child health experts.

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