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Junk food – have we #AdEnough?

In a blog post, first published by the Food Foundation, CEDAR’s Dr Jean Adams discusses junk food marketing restrictions. Last week celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched his #AdEnough campaign in the UK. Celebrities, parents and children posted pictures of themselves hiding their eyes to social media to signify that the only junk food ad-blocker UK […]

Using Google Street View to estimate travel patterns in cities

A study published today in PLOS ONE indicates that Google Street View has the potential to estimate how common cycling is in cities, and potentially other travel patterns too. The analysis of 2,000 Google Street View images from 1,000 random locations in each of 34 cities in Great Britain found strong agreement with data on […]

ISPAH Congress Satellite meetings on Data Harmonisation and Sedentary Behaviour – October 2018

Two satellite meetings of the International Society for 2018 Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress will be held in Cambridge this October.On 13 October 2018 there will be a one-day workshop on sedentary behaviour mechanisms, and on 18 October 2018 there will be a one-day meeting to discuss retrospective harmonisation of physical activity and sedentary […]

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Upcoming public health talks, seminars and conferences

Included below are talks organised by CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit, as well as other departments and institutions in the region. Full details, including relevant contacts via the links. To … Read More...

CEDAR Bulletin – April 2018 – out now

The April 2017 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here. This issue includes: Health and Social Care Committee Childhood Obesity Inquiry Propensity for Cycling Tool launches for … Read More...

NIHR School for Public Health Research PhD Studentships – deadline 9 May

The NIHR School for Public Health Research is funding up to 25 PhD Studentships as part of an initiative to build capacity in public health research. The studentships will begin in October 2018 and … Read More...

Propensity for Cycling Tool launches for Wales

The Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT) - www.pct.bike - commuting layer has now been extended to Wales thanks to funding from the Welsh Government. The PCT now covers Wales in the interactive online … Read More...

CEDAR Bulletin – December 2017 – out now

The December 2017 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here. This issue includes: New Evidence Brief: Roads and communities CEDAR in the media: Children in poor areas exposed to fast … Read More...

The price of prevention – healthy diets and the cost of food

For decades, the UK government has provided science-based recommendations and guidelines for healthy eating, but British diets still fall short of these recommendations. Understanding the … Read More...

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 … Read More...

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 … Read More...

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 m … Read More...

Incorporating active travel into long commutes is associated with reduced body fat

Encouraging more active travel (walking and cycling for transport) is one promising approach to prevent obesity and related diseases. In this study, published online in Preventive Medicine, … Read More...

Sales of sugar-sweetened drinks in Jamie’s Italian restaurants fall by 11% after 10p levy

Study generates evidence that financial measures could contribute to strategies aimed at preventing obesity and non-communicable diseases. Introducing a small levy of 10 pence per drink to the … Read More...

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 r … Read More...

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 … Read More...

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 e … Read More...

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 … Read More...

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 … Read More...

CEDAR launches Food environment assessment tool (Feat)

We are very pleased to launch the Food environment assessment tool (Feat). This new resource is underpinned by the latest scientific evidence about how food access in our neighbourhoods affects … Read More...

Dog walking could be key to ensuring activity in later life

A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, … Read More...

Going global – funding awarded for new Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network (GDAR)

CEDAR is to play a key role in a new international research partnership to help combat poor diet and physical inactivity and reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases. The Global Diet and … Read More...

New Evidence Brief – Changing the way we travel

Cambridgeshire Guided Busway

Infrastructure and our everyday transport choices Enabling people to walk, cycle and make greater use of public transport has benefits for health and the environment. But what do we know about … Read More...

Have you visited Great Snackington? It’s a place where healthy foods can be hard to find.

As part of the 2017 MRC Festival of Medical Research, CEDAR researcher Dr Tarra Penney teamed up with Cambridge artist Aurora Cacciapuoti to imagine the town of Great Snackington. Great Snackington … Read More...

CEDAR online tool highlighted in Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

The newly-launched Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Strategy (CWIS) is part of government plans to encourage cycling in the UK. An important part of the delivery of the strategy at a local level … Read More...

CEDAR Bulletin March 2017

The March 2017 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here. This issue includes: New Evidence Brief  – DASH diet in the UK and Ireland Evidence Brief special – England’s Cycling Potent … Read More...

New Evidence Brief special – England’s Cycling Potential

Results from the Department for Transport-funded Propensity to Cycle Tool project Data produced for a Department for Transport funded tool highlights just how much more cycling people in England … Read More...

More people cycling and eating more fruit & veg could save thousands of lives – but at what cost?

By being more physically active and having a healthier diet, we can reduce our chance of becoming ill and dying prematurely. However, the impact of individuals’ behaviour can be difficult to measure i … Read More...

New Evidence Brief – DASH diet in the UK and Ireland

Addressing barriers to healthy and sustainable diets The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan has proven health benefits and is more environmentally sustainable than typical UK … Read More...

Understanding the health benefits of the ‘sugar tax’: how will the soft drinks industry respond?

The UK's government’s proposal to create a new levy on the soft drinks industry, announced in April of this year, took health campaigners by surprise. Not only was it unexpected, but the government’s p … Read More...

CEDAR Bulletin December 2016

The December 2016 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here. This issue includes: Merry Christmas – and a year in review Farewells, greetings and congratulations GoActive is up a … Read More...

Dr Sara Benjamin Neelon to lead the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

Dr Sara Benjamin Neelon, Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at CEDAR and Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed as the Inaugural Director of the Lerner Center for Public … Read More...

Evidence Brief – Addressing seasonal variation in children’s physical activity

Understanding how physical activity changes across the year is important because it helps identify periods when children might require additional support to be active. Our work at CEDAR is describing … Read More...