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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 […]

PhD Studentships in Public Health Research (Diet and Physical Activity) University of Cambridge

We are currently recruiting for candidates to start a PhD in Cambridge in October 2018 in any of our public health and prevention-related research programmes.Please see full information at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/phds2018/

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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 … 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...

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...

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...

Cambridge Science Festival – get personal with our scientists

This year’s Cambridge Science Festival (13-26 March) is getting personal - putting our brains, psychology and behaviours under the microscope during a series of events that explore who we are and what … 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...

Don’t stop moving: is the digital world friend or foe in fighting a sedentary future?

This event has now passed, but you can download the slides here. Public talk with Professor Nick Wareham as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Saturday 22 October: 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Faculty of L … 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...

CEDAR Bulletin September 2016

The September 2016 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here. This issue includes: New Evidence Brief – A child for all seasons A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you aff … Read More...

New online tool to inform cycling investment

A new Department for Transport funded tool highlights just how much potential there is in England for people to get cycling. The Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT) – www.pct.bike – was developed by a team … Read More...

Happy Mondays (and every day) – putting health at the centre of our cities

This article was originally published in Cambridge University Research Horizons Magazine. Life in towns and cities can grind you down, but putting health and wellbeing at the centre of new … Read More...

PhD Studentships in Epidemiology and Public Health Research 2017

We invite expressions of interest from prospective candidates for PhD studies at the MRC Epidemiology Unit or the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) for 2017 entry. In particular, at … Read More...

A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you afford it?

By Annalijn Conklin Research Scholar in Global Health & Policy, University of California, Los Angeles (and a former PhD student at CEDAR); Nita Forouhi, programme lead, Nutritional Epidemiology, … Read More...

The impact of the M74 motorway extension on road traffic accidents

A new study, funded by the NIHR PHR Programme and published by the Centre for Research on Environment, society and Health (CRESH) and colleagues at CEDAR evaluated the impact of the 5-mile M74 … Read More...

CEDAR Bulletin May 2016

The May 2016 edition of CEDAR Bulletin is out now. Read it here. This issue includes: Dietary public health research and the food industry: towards a consensus? Neighbourhoods with more … Read More...