Believe Move Grow

Daniel Elias

Welcome to the Believe Move Grow podcast. My name is Daniel Elias, a Physiotherapist with a mission to improve the health of children and young people to facilitate a healthy, happy existence. Every week I’ll be interviewing experts in the field of exercise, cognition, mindset training, psychology, nutrition and sleep, with the aim to find out what the leading clinicians, researchers and teachers are working on to allow children the chance to reach their full potential in a healthy, balanced way.

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To quote Karen Horney “The perfect normal person is rare in our civilisation”. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist I am acutely aware as to how exhausting and unfulfilling this can be. Also, as a dad to two boys I wanted to chat with an expert on perfectionism and how we can gain some tips and tactics to help children navigate the world we live in which puts perfectionism and relentless work ethic on a pedestal. So if you have suffered with perfectionistic tendencies, have children who you think are showing signs of perfectionism or work with children in schools or sports teams then my guest today provides some great content in identifying and managing this personality trait. Dr Thomas Curran is a British Psychological Society chartered social psychologist with a primary area of expertise on the personality characteristic of perfectionism, how it develops, and how it impacts on mental health.  Tom has done a fantastic TED talk titled “our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse. In my chat with Tom we cover how perfectionism is a cultural phenomenon,  the difference between excellence and perfectionism, and discuss perfectionism in relation to the school system and social media and much more! So without further ado please welcome Dr Thomas Curran. Resources Tom Twitter: @thom_curran Tom TED Talk:  Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse Tom website: Thomas Curran Book recommendation: The neurotic personality by Karen Horney Animation recommendation: What's Up With Everyone? - Perfectionism Message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children: "you are who you are and the person who you are is unique to you" Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street  

Nov 26

46 min 56 sec

Maria Montessori once said that “Education is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences”. From a personal standpoint I can fully resonate with this quote having two young boys and watching them blossom through experiential learning.  The pandemic and lockdowns have thrown up challenges for children to continue experientially learning with passive screen time being a real issue.  Out of this potential dark place shines a light that I discovered  over lockdown.  This bright light was called Cosmic Kids which is yoga for children, created and presented by the fantastic Jaime Amor! Jaimes’s backstory is fascinating having started off as an actor, then working as a children’s entertainer before qualifying as a yoga instructor.  Jaime’s assorted background has led to her creating Cosmic Kids which tells stories through Yoga and demonstrates an engaging , active and experiential way for children to physically move, learn about emotions, develop bodily awareness, all whilst having oodles of fun!  There is a serious, important theme that does run through Cosmic Kids in that it is developing children’s implicit learning as to how to be mindful and not mindless and in today’s passive social media consumption society, this is more important than ever.   In today’s chat Jaime spoke to how she uses stories to engage children, seeing the world through a child’s eyes, healthy active screen time, mindfulness. vs. mindlessness,  and the importance of children being connected to themselves vs. being disconnected. Jamie was a pleasure to have on the podcast and her energy and enthusiasm were infectious and I challenge you to not listen to this without a big, massive smile on your face!  So, without further ad, please welcome Jaime Amor from Cosmic kids!  Resources Instagram Cosmic Kids: cosmickidsyoga Twitter Cosmic Kids: @CosmicKidsYoga Cosmic kids website: Cosmic Kids YouTube Cosmic Kids: Cosmic Kids Yoga - YouTube - Book recommendation – Eastern Body for the Western Mind by Anodea Judith - Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children: stay calm, keep breathing and think positive Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Nov 9

44 min 29 sec

I wanted to share a wonderful quote on physical literacy from Margaret Whitehead which reads “We shouldn’t be trying to make star athletes. Rather, we should mark the progress of our children’s journey’s. That way all children have the chance to lead a fully embodied life, no matter their abilities or physique, whether they like to be outside, or like sports. The intellectual, social and physical development of children are intertwined.”  So far on the podcast I have spoken to visionaries within the field of physical education, and it feels that a gradual paradigm shift is occurring in what it means for children to be physically educated, far removed from the outdated views of discipline and competition.  One of my previous guests Shaun Dowling, in episode 7, spoke of how the profession is going through its most significant catalytic time in the last 100 years.  If you are interested in what the future of physical education should look and sound like, then this episode delivers in spades. My guest today is very much at  the forefront of the narrative for continual evolution of the physical education curriculum.  Greg Dryer is a highly respected leader and authority in the field of physical education with a refreshing, positively contrarian viewpoint as to what constitutes a PE curriculum that is inclusive and available to all young people, irrespective of gender, culture, or race.  It is fair to say that Greg has been around the proverbial block when it comes to physical education, having been head of PE at three London schools and the brainchild for the School of Education, Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity at Kingston University.  In today’s episode we talked about how physical activity can enhance life quality, finding connections with a movement environment, what assessment looks like in physical education, the notion of commercialised sport vs. youth sport and much more. I was honoured to have this conversation with Greg, and I hope you enjoy absorbing his knowledge and wisdom. So, without further ado please welcome Greg Dryer. Resources: - Instagram Greg: greg_dryer and miMove - Twitter Greg: @Greg_Dryer Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “Just do it for the love of it” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Oct 7

51 min 1 sec

To quote my guest today “Let’s not just simply exist but instead flourish in existence and I believe  physical activity to be an integral part of this”. Speaking from my personal experience as a physiotherapist, I have heard hundreds, if not thousands of times how many of my inactive adult patients have had a negative experience of physical education, which likely played a role in the life course of their participation in physical activity.  If you are anything like me, you may be curious as to why PE has historically been such a polarising subject with some children flourishing and others loathing the experience.  To unravel this polarity and also provide future solutions to tackle the inequities in physical education design, I invited along Liz Durden-Myers who is a senior lecturer in physical education.  Today’s episode zoom’s into how a physical literacy informed PE curriculum can encourage all children to flourish, not just the privileged few. Within our chat we covered a whole host of topics and took a deep dive into the 3 pillars of physical literacy, in monism, existentialism, and phenomenology and how we can use these philosophical underpinnings to shape a curriculum that unlocks every child’s embodied potential.  I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recoding it! So without further ado, please welcome Liz Durden-Myers. Resources: - Twitter Liz: @LizDurdenMyers - Book recommendation – Physical Literacy Through the Life Course by Margaret Whitehead, The Genius of a Natural Childhood by Sally Goddard Blythe, Intelligence in the Flesh by Guy Claxton - Message in a bottle - "Life is a marathon not a sprint, invest in you and your environment and the environment of others and prioritise the things that make you feel alive and make us human and capitalise on your own embodied  potential.  Lets not just simply exist but instead flourish in existence and I believe physical activity to be an integral part of this"   Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow   Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Sep 12

52 min 44 sec

As the great Lionel Messi once said, “It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success”. Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time but was a classic late maturer in football and a rare exception to the rule of the early maturer bias in the world of youth sport.  Before we get into today’s episode, I want you to think whether you have ever personally experienced or even witnessed second-hand children playing sport against other children that look physically older than their age group? Have you wondered how this could be? Well, my episode today not only provides an answer to this question but also a solution to even up the playing field.  In this episode I chat with Sean Cummin who is internationally recognised as a leading expert on the subject of growth and maturation in sport and exercise.  In today’s conversation we explored a whole host of topics including the relative age effect, biological maturity, early specialisation, the female athlete triad, and bio-banding. Now, although sport is the main theme, I don’t want you to put off by this if you are non-sporty, as Sean’s principles can also be applied to parents who want to learn about the changes that their children will be experiencing during the growth and maturation phases. So, with all that said, let’s get into today’s episode with Sean Cummin. Resources: - Twitter Sean: @phd_sean - Book recommendation – Growth and Maturation in Physical Activity by Robert Malina,  Little girls and pretty boxes by Joan Ryan Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Aug 16

1 hr

As the great Albert Einstein once said “I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn”. Classroom based learning in my opinion separates the body from the mind, whereas moving the classroom outside creates all sorts of new learning experiences for children in a variety of subjects.  My guest today founded a company initially named Maths of the Day in 2015, latterly to be re-branded as Teach Active in 2019 as it is known today. Jon Smedley gave birth to the idea of delivering the primary Maths and English curriculum through physical activity after his work in a school with poor Maths attainment and enjoyment towards the subject.  Fast forward to today and Jon has grown Teach Active to 3500 lesson plans reaching 1000 schools and along the way has picked up some awards including the Education Resources Award for Resource or Equipment of the year and The Education Show Award for School Resources and Equipment for Learning at the Bett Awards.  In Today’s conversation Jon explains all about Teach Active and how it can save teachers hours of time, which for the packed national curriculum is a bonus, how the active lessons allow for greater retainment  and recollection of information if learning is put into a game, and some wonderful, unexpected by-products including improved social skills, team-work, resilience, collaboration, improved behaviour and wanting to come to school!  So without further ado I have great pleasure in introducing Jon Smedley.     Resources: - Teach Active website: Teach Active - Active Maths & English Lessons - Instagram: Teach Active: teachactive - Twitter Teach Active: @TeachActive - Book recommendation – Teaching With the Brain in Mind – Eric Jensen,  Spark - Jon Ratey. Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “Active humans do better". Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow   Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jul 27

42 min 39 sec

To quote Daniel Goleman “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far”. I am a firm believer that emotional IQ is key for healthy relationships. We have all met someone who is highly intelligent but lacks emotional intelligence and can struggle to express their emotions or function socially. Imagine if we could educate children early on to become aware of and manage their emotions! Although this is rose tinted glasses thinking, I feel a lot of the worlds conflicts could be lessened if people’s emotional IQ was elevated. I read a fantastic book titled “The Emotionally Health Child” and reached out to the author to get her on the podcast as I want  you to get the same knowledge as I gained. My guest today is Maureen Healy who is an expert, award winning-author and sought-after speaker on how to improve children’s emotional health. Maureen has a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology and with 15+ years of experience has guided 1000’s of parents and their children towards better emotional health. Maureen has also worked with educators globally providing keynote talks throughout North America, Europe and Asia and writes a popular blog  for Psychology Today. In today’s conversation we covered a whole host of topics, including how to identify emotions and express them constructively, how early we can teach emotional health to children, understanding how the left and right side of the brain work for emotional health, what parents can do to teach children emotional health and much much more! Maureen has a fantastic ability to provide immediate actionable tips for parents, teachers and coaches to manage children’s emotions and I’m excited for you to hear her worldly wisdom! So, without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Maureen Healy.     Resources: - Growinghappykids.com - Instagram Maureen: maureendhealy - Twitter Maureen: @mdhealy - Maureen's Books: Books by Maureen Healy Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “You are loved and you matter” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jul 9

49 min 50 sec

As H.E. Luccock once said “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it”. Today’s guest is a Professor of Physical Activity Education at Edge Hill University who has worked on research in schools to create effective solutions to children’s inadequate physical activity levels with emphasis on the power of the collective vs. the individual. Stuart Fairclough has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, supervised 18 PhD students, and raised over £0.5 million in external grant funding.  Stuart has also co-edited the newly commissioned Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity.  In today’s conversation we discussed the use of the double diamond approach to optimise both divergent and convergent thinking when implementing change in school physical activity, how exercise intensity can play a role in cardiorespiratory fitness and the role the physical environment can play in opportunities for children to free play.  So, if you are looking at ways to implement change in children’s physical activity within your community, school, or household then there is something in this conversation for you.  So, without further ado, please enjoy my chat with Professor Stuart Fairclough. Resources Stuart's website: Stuart Fairclough, PhD – Professor of Physical Activity Education Twitter: @PhysActivityEd Book recommendations – 1. Psychology for Physical Educators by Yves Vauden Avweele et al. 2. Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity by Timothy Brusseau, Stuart Fairclough and David Lubans. Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children  – “Appreciate what you have and use it for better well-being and every move counts” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jun 30

40 min 28 sec

As John Dewey once said “ If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s,  we rob them of tomorrow”.  My guest today is a Physical Education teacher of  15+ years and someone who is constantly looking to innovate and learn about how to improve the life chances of children in school. Neil Moggan currently works as Director of Sport, Health and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education at the city academy Norwich and alongside his colleagues have achieved many accolades including a Gold Award in 2019/20 for Healthy Schools from the Department of Education and the quality mark from the Association for Physical Education. This is a school whereabouts exam results improved from 20 pupils achieving 40% A-C grades to 89% of 100 pupils achieving equivalent grades 4 years after intervention. So how does Neil and his team create such a great educational environment? In todays chat we discussed Neil's collaborative approach with staff and students to tackle obesity, how the design of school sport should be targeted to individual needs and not school needs and how children’s mental health is monitored and allowed to flourish and much much more. So, if you are looking to encourage children to be the best they can be, then this chat will tick that box.  So, without further ado, please enjoy my conversation with Neil Moggan. Resources: - Twitter Neil: @@futureaction1 - Future Action: Future Action Health Education Solutions - Book recommendation – The Four Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chaterjee Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “you have unlimited potential and keep taking baby steps towards your goals” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow

Jun 17

38 min 14 sec

To quote the amazing Brene Brown “Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success and people who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses.” My guest today not only encapsulates both of these sayings but his story from childhood to being on the brink of competing at the Tokyo Olympics is one full of bravery, self-reflection, emotion, and inspiration. In today’s chat with my guest Brendan Creed we covered a whole host of topics about Brendan’s life from challenges in his childhood,  to his deep love of hockey, how he deals with constructive criticism, the power of imperfection and the power knowing your true self.  There is something in this conversation for everyone working with children and if it does resonate with you then please copy the episode link and share with colleagues, friends and family as we need to hear more messages and stories from people like Brendan! So, without further ado I have the pleasure and excitement to present Brendan Creed. Resources: - Instagram Brendan: brendancreed18  - Twitter Brendan: @CreedBrendan - Book recommendation – The Culture Code by Dan Coyle Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “learn by doing and learn by mistakes” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jun 7

52 min 59 sec

As George Bernard Shaw once said “we don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”. I am a firm believer that we need to facilitate healthy active play as early as possible in a child’s lifespan and my guest today is a researcher and passionate advocate for the importance of children’s physical literacy from pre-school years upwards.  In today’s conversation I chatted with Lawrence Foweather, who is a senior lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health,  in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moore’s University.  Lawrence has a keen research interest in developing interventions and policy actions to promote physical activity and sport participation with a particular focus on children and families. I had a great time chatting with Lawrence on a range of topics from the influence of pre-school attendance on physical activity levels, how parental education towards the benefits of physical activity in children could start during the pregnancy period, how motor competence can be affected by gender, ethnicity and deprivation and the importance of developing movement skills in relation to developmental stages in a child’s maturation and much much more! So without further ado please enjoy my fascinating chat with Lawrence Foweather. Resources: Twitter Lawrence: @LozFo - Book recommendation – Routledge Handbook of Youth. Developmental Physical Education for all Children Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children - George Bernard Shaw – "we don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow   Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

May 28

59 min 11 sec

Welcome back everyone and today you are in for a treat as I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlie Foster from the University of Bristol where he holds the position of Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health at the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition , and Health Sciences.  Charlie really is a heavyweight in the field of physical activity promotion and as a testament to this was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his services to physical activity promotion.  Charlie has a significant research profile and I don’t say this lightly as he has authored and been involved in 100s of research studies, which when I was researching was quite over-whelming and intimidating; however, through our conversation Charlie was extremely affable and was able to distal his wide knowledge base into relatable, clear messages towards physical activity promotion. In this episode we cover how to influence policy change towards physical activity, he importance of leadership at grass root levels, the power of emotive messaging for policy change and much much more! As always, if this or previous episodes have resonated with you then please share with a friend or colleague and I’d also encourage you to look back to earlier episodes where I tackle a variety of topics with the overarching aim to improve children’s physical and mental health.  So, without further ado, please welcome Charlie Foster to the Believe Move Grow podcast. Resources: Charlie's Twitter: @FosteratBristol Charlie's google scholar: ‪Professor Charlie Foster OBE‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬ Book recommendation – UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “Being active by yourself is fine but being active with your friends is much more fun” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

May 17

51 min 31 sec

Hey guys, thank you for joining me again for another episode of  the Believe Move Grow podcast. Today’s episode is with a great colleague of mine from the England Athletics team, Scott Grace.  Scott is National Technical Lead for Youth and Resource Development for England Athletics. Scott is a passionate advocate for improving both physical literacy and fostering a positive growth mindset in youngsters. Scott has won the 2014 European Athletics Innovation award for the Athletics 365 programme looking at the processes into how to take an athlete from a novice to a skilled performer.  He has also been involved with Sheffield Hallam University on research looking into long term athlete development and the impact of early maturation on retaining youngsters within the sport of athletics. In today’s episode you can expect to learn about the 5Cs of coaching, the abcs of the fundamentals of movement, the stretch panic arc model, growth mindset practices  and much more. This episode  was so much fun to record and I know you’ll gain valuable knowledge that you can apply straight away whether you are a parent, coach or teacher.   Before we dive in todays chat, I wanted to say a massive thank you for listening and if this or other episodes have resonated with you please share with a friend or colleague or share on social media to spread the message of improving the physical and mental health of children.  So without further ado please welcome Scott Grace to the Believe Move Grow Podcast. Resources: Scotts email: sgrace@englandathletics.org England athletics twitter: @EnglandAthletic Athletics 365 programme: Athletics 365 Bridging The Gap: Bridging the Gap Recommended books: The Talent Code by Dan Coyle, Mindset by Carol S. Dweck Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “enjoy what you are doing but challenge self", "Live every day as it is your last and learn like you will live forever" and  "Love the sport you are doing, don’t always conform to rules and if it is fun – do it!" Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

May 11

52 min 50 sec

Hi guys and welcome back to another episode of the believe move grow podcast. I’m really excited for you to hear this episode and the knowledge and wisdom from my guest was exceptional.  Will Swaithes is an inspirational teacher educator, leader and mentor of teaching and learning with 20 years of experience in the education sector. Will has a particular interest in active learning and the role of exercise in optimising cognitive function.  He is motivated professionally to raise aspirations, unlock learning potential, and improve wellbeing among young people. In today’s chat you can expect to hear Will’s knowledge on the power of human connection in PE, the importance of creating an environment where children are self-motivated to find struggle and the challenge of taking children into the learning pit and working on things they are not so good at.  This episode will really open you minds to innovative ideas whether you are a teacher, coach or parent and there is something for everyone on this episode.  So, without further ado lets get into today’s episode with Will Swaithes.  Resources: Will's Twitter: @WillSwaithes Will's website: Home - The Learning Locker Sport England 'Under The Skin' research Under The Skin Book recommendations: 'Play' by Stuart Brown, 'Range' by David Epstein Favourite books: Any work by Simon Sinek, Margaret Whitehead Physical Literacy across the World, Guy Flaxen Favourite videos for physical activity message: Nike 5 Extra Years - YouTube, NSPCC My Magic Sports Kit - YouTube Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children: “to do well you need to be well”  Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Apr 30

52 min 25 sec

Thank you for joining me today and on today’s podcast I welcomed back Shaun Dowling. Shaun is Head of Sport at United Learning and a previous Head of PE and director of specialism, progressing onto vice principal roles in two secondary schools. I chatted to Shaun previously on episode seven of the podcast and at the time Shaun was working on his second book titled Pivot Flex, Adapt, Physical Education Through the 2020 Pandemic, which has now been released and I thought it would be ideal to get Shaun back on the podcast to discuss how the landscape of PE has shifted and evolved over the year 2020! Coming up in this episode you can expect to learn how Shaun and United Learning had planned a project named Challenge 2020 to bring schools together and increase physical activity on the back of the Tokyo Olympics and how covid impacted on this project. We also discussed how PE is going through a significant transitional period in its delivery and content to move away from predominantly performance-based outcomes to developmental ones. There are some great takeaway pointers from my chat with Shaun and it left me feeling positive about the future direction of PE in the UK and I’m sure you’ll feel the same.  So, without further ado please welcome back Shaun Dowling.  Resources: Shaun’s twitter: @ShaunD10 Shaun’s’ Instagram: shaundowling10 United Learning: United Learning > Home Shaun's new book: Pivot, Flex, Adapt: Physical Education through the 2020 Pandemic Quick fire questions for Shaun: Q. If we could fast forward 10 years what 3 changes would you like to see embedded in the school PE curriculum? "core subject, gender equality and swimming skills – leave primary school and be able to swim for all young people". Q. If you could have a dinner party with three-five people who you feel could push change in the PE curriculum at a societal, cultural and governmental level... who would you invite? "Alex Stanson, Chrissie wellington (world champ ironman), Jason Robinson, Jon Coles, Jo Harriss, Emma Wiggs " Q. Physical education to you is….? "a lifelong mission, passion and life changing gift"  Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Apr 22

1 hr 4 min

Hi  everyone and welcome back. In today’s episode I welcomed Danni Wade to the Believe Move Grow podcast. I have known Danni for a couple of years and have followed her journey managing multiple ventures and for this episode we chatted about Danni’s new course titled beat the overwhelm. So to give some background on Danni, she has spent years investing in herself, with a strong focus on self-development , which has allowed her to discover her passion towards helping the younger generation to realise their potential, which has led onto the creation of beat the overwhelm.  What I really enjoyed about this conversation was, how as a mum to two girls, Danni gave great, real world, relatable examples towards how we speak to children in a way that recognises emotions, acknowledges their inner voices and the power of self-talk.  I’m really excited for you to listen to this episode, which contains lots of great resources and recommendations for future reading, which I’ll add to the  show notes.  So lets get into episode 12 with Danni Wade. Resources: - Instagram Danni: beat.the.overwhelm - Facebook Danni: Beat The Overwhelm Website for Beat The Overwhelm: beattheoverwhelm.co - Book recommendation – Everything is figureoutable by Marie Forleo;  Nothing Can Hurt Me by David Goggins. For children – any books by Matthew Syed or  Wayne Dyer. Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “Focus on everything you can do.  How can you improve by 1% at a time? Be kind to yourself.” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow   Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Apr 11

38 min 24 sec

Hey everyone and welcome back to another episode of the believe move grow podcast.  I just wanted to say a massive thank you for listening to the podcast and I hope my conversations are providing useful information for you to use in your own lives or within your professional careers. It’s is really great to hear your feedback on how the podcast is resonating with you and  I had some great feedback from Rosiejh27 via Apple podcast who said “Really enjoying this series of podcasts where Dan discusses exercise, health and mindset and the educational benefits of exercise in children and young people.  In depth knowledge and research backs the conversations, with additional evidence base from guests who are international leaders in their field.  The conclusions drawn, blend with my own perspective on the importance of exercise and activity and its link to well-being for children and young people in my role as a children’s physiotherapist” – Rosie thank you so much for your feedback and it’s great to hear the podcast is having an impact and it’s my true hope that together we can drive positive changes in children and young people’s physical and mental health. Now, my guest this week is none other than Michelle Segar.  Michelle is bestselling author of No Sweat which looks at how the science of motivation can bring a lifetime of fitness.  Michelle is a  sustainable behaviour change scientist and directs the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Centre. She has spent the last 25 years conducting health coaching and research and translating it into sustainable behaviour change messages and programming for professionals and organizations seeking to accelerate and sustain positive change. Coming up in todays conversation we talk about the power of knowing your ‘why’ when exercising, how emotions trump logic when thinking about exercise motivations, the importance of prioritising self care and much more! I Really think this podcast will resonate with anyone looking to create behaviour change in adults and children.  I think its vital that if we are to change children’s activity habits we need to bring the parents along with the children and encourage parents to model healthy physical activity behaviours to their children. So I’d recommend a pen and paper to hand as there are lots of useful tips from this conversation.  So without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Michelle Segar. Resources: Michelle on Twitter: @MichelleSegar Michelle's website: Michelle Segar | Sustainable Behavior Change Michelle's book: No Sweat by Michelle Segar | Michelle Segar Book recommendation: Spark! by John Ratey Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children: “everything counts” & “ whenever there is an opportunity to move , claim it” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street  

Apr 1

37 min 22 sec

Hi guys welcome back to this week’s episode of the believe move grow podcast. I’m really glad you have decided to join me again today for all topics relating to the improvement of children’s physical and mental health.  Just a quick reminder that it would be great if you could rate and review the podcast and let me know the  impact it is having on your life or professional practice!  If the podcast resonates with you and you gain value, it would be really helpful if you could share the podcast with friends or colleagues to spread this important message as far as possible. I believe that together as a global community we can raise the awareness of children’s well-being and future health. I think this week’s guest and topic will really get people thinking, about how we can get children to be more conscious of their thoughts and actions.  In this episode I talk to Jonas Salzgeber.  Jonas is author of ‘The little book of stoicism: Timeless wisdom to gain resilience, confidence and calmness, and along with his brother Nils writes about stoic thought practices on their blog NJLife Hacks to encourage people to become better versions of themselves through ancient wisdom and modern science. Coming up in this episode we delve into translating stoic philosophy into meaningful lessons for children to improve on their thoughts and emotions, how to be more altruistic than self-absorbed, the importance of resilience, grit and human sociability and thoughts on how children can organise their mindset to manage peer pressure. So without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Jonas Salzgeber. Resources: Jonas on Twitter: @NJlifehacks Jonas' Blog:  Blog - NJlifehacks Book recommendations: 1. 'More than Happiness' by Antonia Macaro. 2. 'How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson. Message in bottle to improve physical activity levels and mental health in children: "The Story of the Chinese Farmer" Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Mar 23

1 hr 15 min

Welcome back to part two of my chat with Linda Pagani, on the believe move grow podcast!  If you haven’t yet listened to part one then it’s definitely worth listening to first and we covered some great content on how parents can be pre-occupied with cognitive skills in children, how enjoying the journey and not the end result is important when participating in sport, the different approaches to teaching physical education and the impact of exercise on ADHD.  Coming up in this episode we discussed the importance of collaborative working between physical education teachers and other subject teachers to promote health in schools, how motor skills strongly predict math skills during the preschool years, the impact of early childhood TV viewing on diet, physical activity and class engagement in school into the teen years and some examples of child directed educational programmes.  So, without further ado please enjoy part two of my chat with Linda Pagani. Resources: Facebook: Linda S. Pagani Perry Preschool Programme: Perry Preschool Project - HighScope Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind". Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!    Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow   Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Mar 17

48 min

Welcome back to  another episode of the believe move grow podcast.  This episode is part one of a two-part series with Linda Pagani.   Linda is a full-time professor at the University of Montreal in the department of Psycho-Education. Linda has a BA in psychology from Concordia University and a MA and PhD in educational and counselling psychology from McGill University in Montreal. Over the past decade, her research expertise has expanded to address modifiable factors in early childhood that ultimately can affect human development. Her energy is targeted at improving social and health policies addressing youth. Her productive research agenda has increasingly focused on examining 3 areas: firstly, the unique long-term risks associated with screen-time in early childhood; secondly the unique and combined long-term risks associated with gestational and secondhand smoke; and finally the unique long-term benefits and risks associated with childhood extracurricular sports. I had such fun talking to Linda and could have spoken for hours and that is why I made it into two parts! Coming up in this episode we discuss how parents can be pre-occupied with cognitive skills in children, how enjoying the journey and not the end result is important when participating in sport, the different approaches to teaching Physical education and the impact of exercise on ADHD.  So please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with the great Linda Pagani. Resources Facebook - Linda S. Pagani Research: Childhood exercise as medicine: Extracurricular sport diminishes subsequent ADHD symptoms - PubMed (nih.gov) Book recommendations: The Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “Healthy body, Healthy mind” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow

Mar 9

40 min 3 sec

Welcome back to another episode of the believe move grow podcast.  I discovered todays guest from my brother!  Long story short, I was asking my brother, who is head of art at an academy school in London, who would be a great person to speak to regarding PE in the Uk?  Without a moment’s hesitation he recommended Shaun Dowling!   To provide some background on Shaun, he is a former Head of PE and Director of Specialism (sport) who progressed to vice principal roles in two secondary schools. Having taken a national role with the Youth Sport Trust Shaun was given the opportunity of delivering some teacher training in Iraq as part of an EU-funded contract with the British Council. In 2013 Shaun appeared before the Education Select Committee to give evidence on ‘School Sport following London 2012’. In 2014 United Learning published ‘The A-Z of School Improvement through PE and Sport’ which Shaun produced and co-edited. He sits on the Board of Trustees for Sports Leaders UK, the Board of Directors for the Adur Outdoor Activities Centre and the Education Board for Apex2100 In today’s conversation I chatted to Shaun all about his work at United Learning, a group of schools providing excellent education. We explored Shaun’s time in Iraq when he was contributing to teacher training at a time when the country was in a re-building stage and how the power of teacher training brought together individuals from different religious and ethnic groups.  We discussed whether the euphoria from the London 2012 Olympics towards sport carried over into sport participation in schools? Shaun spoke about how United Learning surveyed 6000 students to identify the student voice and fin out what they wanted from physical education. We also addressed the hire wire balancing act between addressing the physical EDUCATION part of PE whilst getting in enough moderate to vigorous physical activity during the day for children. Resources: Shaun’s twitter: @ShaunD10 Shaun’s’ Instagram: shaundowling10 United Learning: United Learning > Home Youth Sport Trust: Youth Sport Trust | We are a national charity passionate about creating a brighter future for children and young people through the power of sport Association for Physical Education: Home - Association for Physical Education - Association For Physical Education | P.E. (afpe.org.uk) This girl can: This Girl Can Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Feb 28

44 min 25 sec

Hi everyone, my name is Daniel Elias and welcome back to another episode of the believe move grow podcast.  Today’s feature guest is Kasey Orvidas. I first came across Kasey when I was searching for research on mindset in children and childhood obesity.  Kasey has authored some fantastic research titled Healthy body, healthy mind: A mindset intervention for obese youth. Kasey really knows what she is talking about with a PhD in psychology, a certified health and fitness coach and a specialism in mindset and health behaviour change.  Kasey is also entrepreneurial and has set up her own business named KJO coaching and I will put the links to her website in the resources section.  On her website I would direct everyone to Kasey’s blog which is jam packed with useful information on  a wide variety of topics such as how the g,ut is the second brain through to the three elements of behaviour change and much, much more.  Kasey also trains people to gain a ‘Health Mindset coaching certification’ and having spent an hour chatting to Kasey on my podcast I can attest to the fact that Kasey’s delivery and explanation of mindset is second to none. Todays conversation was epic.  We covered ground on how exercise is non-negotiable in Kasey’s life, how when Kasey was young, she was not afraid to follow her own path away from what her peers were doing and how “discomfort breeds growth”. We spoke about how obesity traits and behaviours in adulthood can be linked back to childhood and the importance of children learning fundamental movement skills. We went into detail about what separates a growth from a fixed mindset and how we respond to feedback, setbacks and success.  Kasey speaks to her top tips on how to cultivate a growth mindset in children and the importance of teaching compensatory messaging when teaching growth mindset in children. I had a blast recording his conversation so without further ado please welcome Kasey Orvidas to the believe move grow podcast. Resources: - Healthy body healthy mind research: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: A Mindset Intervention for Obese Youth: The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Vol 181, No 6 (tandfonline.com) - KJO Coaching - Instagram Kasey: coachkaseyjo - Twitter Kasey: @coachkaseyjo - A single‐session growth mindset intervention for adolescent anxiety and depression: 9‐month outcomes of a randomized trial - Schleider - 2018 - Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry - Wiley Online Library - Book recommendation – Mindset by Dr Carol S. Dweck Mindset & No sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Seger. Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “how much temporary discomfort are you willing to deal with to serve your long-term goal?” Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Feb 21

1 hr 8 min

Hi everyone, my name is Daniel Elias and welcome back for episode 5 of the Believe Move Grow podcast.  My virtual podcast tour around the globe continues and for this episode I have managed to travel down under to Australia to chat with Professor David Lubans. Professor Lubans can be found on twitter via his handle @davidlubans.  Professor Lubans is the theme leader for school-based research in the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. Professor Lubans has gained his PhD and Master of Educational Research methodology from the prestigious Oxford University in the UK. His research is focused on understanding the determinants of physical activity and the development and evaluation of interventions in school and community settings. Professor Lubans is currently leading a number of research projects designed to evaluate the impact of physical activity interventions on behaviour, fitness, movement skills and social and emotional well-being in young people. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and as a chief investigator he has secured over $2 million in competitive research funding. He is the Principal Investigator in two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects focused on the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating among adolescents living in low-income communities. For me Australia is like a second home and I’ve always admired and envied the opportunity that the outdoor lifestyle offers for physical movement and health.  Even with the weather and beach lifestyle and this postcard image of Australia, Professor Lubans spoke of how, in senior schools, physical exercise was not even mandatory!  This was an eye opener for me and we explored a tonne of other great topics including the importance in modifying environments and facilities to encourage physical activity, how to embed good physical activity practices into the school day,  the importance of fundamental movement skills in childhood, how the intensity of exercise can relate to drop out rates and how to overcome this, what constitutes Professor Luban's physical activity tool belt, and the distinction between primary and secondary school PE teachers. There are a lot of golden nuggets in this conversation and if you found value in this or previous episodes then please help to share the message on social media via twitter, Instagram and Facebook by entering believemovegrow and subscribe over on apple podcast with a rating and review!  So, without further ado lets get stuck into the podcast with Professor David Lubans. Resources David Lubans Twitter handle: @davidlubans Book recommendations:  - The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity - 1st Edition - Timo  - Make it stick: The science of successful learning by Peter C. Brown Message in bottle to improve physical activity levels in children:  “promoting active children is the best investment”. Research: Time-efficient intervention to improve older adolescents' cardiorespiratory fitness: findings from the 'Burn 2 Learn' cluster randomised controlled trial - PubMed (nih.gov) Physical activity and skills intervention: SCORES cluster randomized controlled trial - PubMed (nih.gov) Framework for the design and delivery of organized physical activity sessions for children and adolescents: rationale and description of the ‘SAAFE’ teaching principles | International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity | Full Text (biomedcentral.com) Assessing the sustained impact of a school-based obesity prevention program for adolescent boys: the ATLAS cluster randomized controlled trial | International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity | Full Text (biomedcentral.com) Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Feb 13

1 hr 2 min

Today on the believe more grow podcast I am really excited to present a conversation I had with Professor Stuart Biddle.  I have been aware of Professor Biddle since working on my sport and exercise science degree in 2001 when I was learning about self-efficacy and the likes of intrinsic motivation, which were alien terms to me back in the day. Embarrassingly  I used to carry a blue book around with me title the ‘Psychology of Physical activity’, which was like my bible and was authored by Professor Biddle. Professors Biddles research has as much, if not more, relevance today than when I first came across his work all those years ago.  So, to provide some meat to the bone about Professor Biddles career, let me list off some of his CV highlights – he is a professor of Physical Activity and Health, Director of the Centre for Health Research, and head of the Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group in the Institute for Resilient Regions.  Stuart resides in Brisbane Australia but has previously worked in the UK where he was Head of the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences between 2001 and 2007. Stuart has a PhD in social psychology and his current research interests are centered on sedentary behaviour and physical activity correlates and behaviour change strategies, as well as mental health outcomes. Stuart has co-authored a book on ‘Psychology of Physical Activity with its 4th edition in preparation. Please enjoy todays conversation whereabouts we tackle a variety of topics on exercise in schools, exercise in children, whether cities  set up for facilitating regular exercise, the exercise mindset, and a debate about whether school sport encapsulates all students or whether it marginalises more than it encourages. Resources: Stuart Biddle twitter handle: @stuart_biddle Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please head over to iTunes and leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Feb 8

42 min 59 sec

Hi everyone and welcome back to episode 3 of the believe move grow podcast!  Today’s podcast is with Paul Zientarski, who I discovered via his brilliant Ted Talk titled “want smarter, healthier kids? Try Physical Education”.  Paul was  department chairman for PE for 26 years in Naperville, Illinois and the Learning Readiness PE Coordinator  for the Naperville School district.  Paul can be found on Twitter via his handle @PaulZientarski and via his website The Learning Readiness PE programme. Throughout this whole conversation it was apparent how passionate Paul is about the importance of physical education for our children and it’s fair to say his programme is pioneering and an amazing blueprint for rocking the boat on how traditional PE is delivered. Pauls learning readiness programme impacts on children’s behaviour, academia, and obesity. Don’t just  take my word for it that this programme is ground-breaking, as school districts from around the world including Denmark, China, Korea, Sweden, Japan, Australia and Denmark visit Naperville to learn about the programme. Paul also presents on a wide variety of subjects including Learning Readiness PE, childhood obesity, PE curriculum, tech use in PE, small sided games, brain breaks in the classroom and active classrooms. In todays podcast we discuss why Paul believes PE to be the most important subject , why spending time on locomotor skills is important when under 10 years of age and when to introduce more sport related skills. Paul also talk’s about his idea of small-sided games in order to always keep kids moving in PE. He takes us through his programme design which included 28 activities and his  students had to fulfil  20 fitness requirements. With such a detailed programme I was interested if Paul ever got any kick back or resistance to his methods and Paul detailed how he educated parents and children to gain their buy in. Paul also passionately explains why it is so important for all academic teachers to understand how the brain works, in order to get children ready to learn! So, without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Paul Zientarski Resources: Paul Zientarski – Learning Readiness PE Twitter: @PaulZientarski Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please head over to iTunes and leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jan 31

1 hr 7 min

Episode Notes: Today I am sharing a conversation I was fortunate to have with Dr Charles Hillman who is an expert in cognition and brain health.   For those of you not familiar with his work I’ll let his resume do the talking.   Dr Hillman works out of the Northeastern University in Boston where he currently holds appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences.  Prior to this Dr Hillman was a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health for 16 years at the University of Illinois.  He co-directs the new Centre for Cognitive and Brain Health, which has the mission of understanding the role of health behaviours on brain and cognition to maximize health and well-being and promote the effective functioning of individuals across the lifespan.  Dr Hillman is a prolific researcher having contributed to more than 225 refereed journal articles and 12 book chapters and he has recently contributed to the 2018 2nd edition of the Physical Activity  Guidelines for Americans.  With such a wealth of knowledge it’s safe to say I had a lot of questions rattling around in my head! After I managed to cull my mountain  of questions, we tackled a variety of topics on the child brain, childhood obesity, and exercise in children. We discussed how society has engineered physical exercise out of our lives and explored the challenges of getting enough physical education time into the school curriculum and discussed the many benefits of exercise for cognition and academic performance. Resources: Charles twitter handle: @CBHLab Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jan 25

39 min 2 sec

It is an honour and a privilege to have Helen Douglas with us today on the Believe Move Grow podcast! I’ve known Helen for years as a fantastic  friend and clinician. Helen is a highly specialised paediatric physiotherapist who works at the world renowned Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children. Helen is also a senior teaching fellow on the University College London Post-Graduate course in advanced Physiotherapy and is also currently completing her PhD on exercise adherence in children and young people with cystic fibrosis.  Helen is world renowned in her field and has presented her work in Nashville USA and has been as far as Kazakhstan to train healthcare professionals on cystic fibrosis management! In today’s podcast we explore Helen’s research into exercise adherence in cystic fibrosis and although this is in a specific population there are lots of great points to take away to apply to exercise in children and young people in general.  We delve in to the predictors and barriers to exercise adherence, how working on physical activity skills and competence earlier in life is important, the importance of  finding a child’s exercise identity, how parental anxieties can impact positively and negatively on a child’s exercise participation and the importance of children finding their place in the active world. Resources: - Helen’s Twitter handle - @hldouglas - The daily mile initiative - https://thedailymile.co.uk/ -   Research on exercise in CF and exercise: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325511669_P144_Exercise_love_it_hate_it_or_somewhere_in-between_Identifying_exercise_self-efficacy_and_the_impact_of_personal_training_in_children_and_young_people_with_CF Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing!  Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jan 20

39 min 47 sec

Hi guys.  Welcome to the Believe Move Grow podcast. My name is Daniel Elias, a Physiotherapist with a mission to improve the health of children and young people to facilitate a healthy, happy existence. Every week I’ll be interviewing experts in the field of exercise, cognition, mindset training, pedagogy, psychology, nutrition and sleep, with the aim to find out what the leading clinicians, researchers and teachers are working on to allow children the chance to reach their full potential in a healthy, balanced way. In this preview episode I have taken a snippet from a conversation I had with Professor Stuart Biddle where we discuss exercise mindset in children and whether school sport in physical education is enough to encourage all children to develop lifelong exercise habits. I hope you enjoyed this little teaser for what is to come and if you enjoyed todays chat please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and send the podcast link to friends and colleagues to get the conversation out into the ether on how we can improve our children’s future physical, and mental health. Take care for now and remember always keep believing, moving and growing! Follow Dan: Twitter: Twitter.com/believemovegrow Instagram: Instagram.com/believemovegrow Music Track: Down the street — Vendredi [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: https://youtu.be/FU0IiZj3H2g Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/down-the-street

Jan 14

6 min 33 sec