Keywords: physical activity; children; schools; incentives; competition; behaviour change
Rekesh is a PhD student at the Centre of Public Health (CPH), Queen’s University Belfast. His PhD involves work on a feasibility study investigating the use of a pedometer-based competition to encourage physical activity behaviour change in adolescents. Some of the behaviour change techniques used include: awarding prizes, goal setting, self-monitoring, regular feedback, and providing information about environmental opportunities for physical activity. Presently, Rekesh is working on a systematic review exploring the use of behavioural incentives for health behaviour change in children and adolescents. He has an interest in the promotion of physical activity for health and well-being, sedentary behaviour, and methodology. Rekesh is an active member of the Physical Activity Research Group, and is currently serving as a student representative for postgraduate research students in the Centre of Public Health.