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Improving our diets: more freedom or more control? 23 October, 5.30pm

A Cambridge Festival of Ideas event 23 October 2018, 5.30pm – 7.00pm McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi CollegePlease note that booking is required for this event. Booking opens 11am 24 September via www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk#freedomorcontrol #cfi2018Across the world our diets are often poor, damaging our health, and putting pressure on collective resources such as healthcare. And the […]

CEDAR Bulletin July 2018 – our latest news, events and evidence

The July 2018 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here.This issue includes: Get FRESH – looking for families to take part in family health study House of Commons Evidence, and Government Obesity Plan Chapter 2 Junk food – have we #AdEnough? Have you found our Feat yet? Dig deeper on PHE fast […]

We gotta get out of here! Spending time outside is good for you.

Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. Exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure. This is according to new University of East Anglia research, part-funded by CEDAR, and published in the journal Environmental Research.Populations […]

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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...

New study launches into the effect of air pollution on children’s health

Over 3,000 primary school children in polluted areas of London and Luton will have their lung health monitored over a four-year period in a new international study led by Queen Mary University of … Read More...

Finding alternatives to the car for travel could lower risk of illness and death

A more physically active commute to work linked to a 30% reduced risk of dying from heart disease and stroke People who are more active when commuting to work by walking or cycling could be cutting … Read More...

Blog: swapping the car for more active forms of travel may reduce heart disease

Dr Jenna Panter and Dr Oliver Mytton write in The Conversation about new research published in the journal Heart. Swapping your car for more physically active forms of travel may reduce your risk … Read More...

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 … Read More...

Let me Google that for you: using StreetView to estimate travel patterns in cities

A new study published 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 … Read More...

CEDAR Bulletin – April 2018 – out now

The April 2018 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...