The Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) is studying the population-level influences on what we eat and how much physical activity we do. We are developing and evaluating public health interventions, and helping shape public health practice and policy.
Led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, we work with a number of other leading research organisations in the UK and beyond. CEDAR draws on the expertise of a wide range of scientific disciplines, and we collaborate with public health organisations, schools, charities and policy bodies.
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 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 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.
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 public health organisations, schools, charities and a range of government, policy and guidance bodies.