CEDAR Objectives

CEDAR is driven by the overall objective of supporting effective interventions to change diet and physical activity behaviours at the population level. Specifically, it will:

  • Develop understanding about the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviour
  • Translate that understanding into the development of preventive interventions
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of population-level interventions
  • Estimate the public health costs and benefits of intervention
  • Develop the capacity for undertaking public health research
  • Communicate with policy makers, industry and the public to ensure research is informed by needs and to facilitate the translation of research findings into public health action

The activities of CEDAR and the Strategic Advisory Group will also be informed by the strategic objectives of the UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence. (Read about the UKCRC initiative here.)

UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Initiative – Strategic Objectives:

  1. Promote research excellence in public health by increasing investment in infrastructure to facilitate the conduct of high quality studies designed to lead to gains in the health of the public and research outputs of the highest international standards
  2. Build sustainable public health research capacity and expertise in the UK by providing support for additional posts at all stages of career development. In addition to creating new posts, Centres will provide a forum for training in public health research skills for practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines
  3. Encourage and forge multi-disciplinary partnerships between world-class scholars, policy makers and practitioners. Centres will stimulate and promote research excellence within the wider public health research community through leadership, networking and collaboration
  4. Increase the evidence base in public health research, in particular addressing complex public health issues that focus on applied research and translation of research into policy and practice
  5. Demonstrate leadership by tackling challenging issues in the field such as methodological and research design issues, maximising use of existing data and encouraging data sharing
  6. Complement and work closely with existing initiatives and other centres both in public health and related disciplines. Networking between or among investments will be an important element in order to best realise the benefits of cross-group fertilisation and multi-disciplinary working for improved public health in the UK
  7. Ideally Centres will focus on, and have expertise in, at least one of the priority areas identified by the SPG: diet and nutrition; physical activity; and alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

For more about what this means in our day to day work, read About CEDAR and about Our Research.