Why it’s not always ‘normal’ to exercise – and how that could change

CEDAR PhD Student Anna Le Gouais writes about why her commute and her research are intimately connected.I cruise past the snake of slow moving traffic, the breeze on my face and my raincoat in my basket, in case the weather forecast is wrong, again. The painted cycle path is sacrificed to a bus stop as […]

Childhood obesity in South Africa – is it a problem?

This article by Sonja Klingberg, a PhD student at CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit, was shortlisted for the 2017 Max Perutz Science Writing Award. You can read all the shortlisted and winning articles here.It’s mid-morning at a primary school in a South African township. The sun is almost at its highest point, and the […]

Upcoming public health talks, seminars and conferences

Bradford Hill Seminar: 24 November 2017, 13:00-14:00 Evidence is Not Enough: Towards a democratically legitimate role for evidence in health policymaking Dr Katherine Smith, Global Public Health Unit Social Policy, University of Edinburgh Large Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge. CEDAR / MRC Epidemiology Seminar: 4 January […]

CEDAR Bulletin – October 2017 – out now

The October 2017 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here.This issue includes: Vacancy: Research Associate for sugar tax evaluation FRESH Study Steering Committee – community members wanted Evaluating GoActive – a journey of 25,000 miles (so far!) DfT updates walking and cycling guidance based on CEDAR research Changing the way we travel […]

Changing the way we travel – new Sustrans blog

Car use has negative impacts on public health through road traffic accidents, air pollution and physical inactivity. The car’s contribution to the first two of these problems is relatively well recognised and understood, but inactivity is less well understood.Getting people to walk, cycle and make greater use of public transport therefore has benefits for health. […]

Lou’s Tuesday. Only 24 hours in a day- why does this matter for health research?

There are only 24 hours in a day. Why does this matter for health research? Dr Lou Foley has made a short video to introduce the concept of compositions and compositional data analysis.In three minutes and 45 seconds of live action and stop motion, Lou will take you through a typical Tuesday.She’ll show you how […]

Vacancy: Research Associate for evaluation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy

Research Associate – evaluation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy (‘sugar tax’)We are looking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Associate with experience in quantitative research methods to contribute to an evaluation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy (‘sugar tax’). This is a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to internationally important dietary public […]

NIHR funds research to evaluate the health impacts of the new sugar tax on soft drinks

CEDAR and other NIHR researchers have launched a pioneering study to evaluate impact of the UK Government’s forthcoming tax on sugary drinks.The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), due to be enforced from April 2018, is being introduced as part of the UK Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan to address childhood obesity, and related conditions such as […]

UK Department for Transport updates walking and cycling appraisal guidance based on CEDAR research

The Department for Transport (DFT) has published proposed changes for their Transport Appraisal Guidance (TAG) for active travel based on CEDAR research which brings together the latest understanding of the various benefits of cycling and walking.The new guidance specifies the appraisal process for projects that support walking and cycling in England. The previous guidance, introduced […]

CEDAR Bulletin July 2017 – out now

The July 2017 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here.This issue includes: Find our Feat: CEDAR launches the Food Environment Assessment Tool Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network (GDAR) A new leash of life: dog walking could be key to activity in later life New Evidence Brief – Changing the […]