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 food takeaways The price of prevention – healthy diets and the cost of food Video: a sequel to Lou’s Tuesday – Properties of […]

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 population-level factors behind this shortfall is necessary so we can devise how the guidance can better serve public health.A major influence on which foods people buy and their overall eating […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vacancies and PhD studentships opportunities.

Research Study Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term) – FRESHTo work on a family-focused, child-led project where the intervention. The Families Reporting Every Step to Health (FRESH) study is a randomised controlled trial, aiming to increase physical activity and connectivity within families by encouraging them to be active together. Closing date: 2 January 2018. Interviews likely […]

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 price of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie’s Italian restaurants across the UK is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in SSB sales, according to new […]

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 […]

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 […]