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 […]

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 […]

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, researchers at the MRC Epidemiology Unit and CEDAR looked at the relationship between active travel to and from work and body fatness.What we did We used data from […]

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. […]