The Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) is studying the factors that influence diet and physical activity behaviours, developing and shaping interventions, and helping shape public health policy and practice. We are driven by the overall goal of supporting effective interventions to change diet and physical activity behaviours at the population level.

We are one of five Centres of Excellence in Public Health Research funded through the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC).  We are a partnership between the University of Cambridge, the University of East Anglia and MRC Units in Cambridge.

Our research

The physical, social and economic world influences what we eat and how much we move around. These dietary and physical activity behaviours have an effect on our health, others around us and the wider environment.

CEDAR has established eight interconnected research programmes that look at dietary and physical activity behaviours in a number of different settings and across the life-course.  These examine how the world in which we live shapes our behaviours, and therefore how we might target whole populations and systems to bring about a positive shift in our health.

CEDAR people

CEDAR draws on the expertise of a wide range of scientific disciplines, including behavioural science, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health geography, and nutrition research.

A number of leading public health researchers work in and with CEDAR, and we are also building research capacity for the future by developing the careers of MPhil and PhD students, and post-doctoral fellows in public health. Our research is supported by specialist expertise in data management, study coordination and communications.

CEDAR partnerships

Our research is being used to develop and evaluate public health interventions, and is guided by the needs of public health practice.

We work with the Knowledge and Intelligence Team (East), part of Public Health England, and are developing relationships with health and social care organisations, public health practitioners, regional and national policy makers, and the private sector.