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 […]

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 Wales ISPAH 2018 – Cambridge hosts pre- and post- Conference Satellite Meetings ISPAH 2018 Conference – Air Pollution and Physical Activity symposium Physical Activity Measurement Seminar […]

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 will be distributed across the School’s eight academic Centres.Studentships will be aligned to the School’s research programmes and themes: Public mental […]

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 map, allowing publicly accessible visualisation of cycling potential. The data downloads are also available, providing open access data to inform transport planning decisions. […]

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 […]