CASE: Creating Active School Environments

Doing more physical activity and sitting less is important for health and well-being in young people.  However, many are not active for the government recommended time of 60 minutes per day, and they also sit for long periods. This is particularly true for adolescents. This unhealthy lifestyle is heavily influenced by the environment in which […]


Neighbourhood food environments, diet and healthResearch and policy meeting10.00am – 4pm, Tuesday 4 November 2014Møller Centre, Cambridge#cedardiet14You can read abstracts for each talk here (pdf).You can download slide sets for many of the presentations from the day below. Please note, some sets may be edited to remove unpublished material or copyright images. 10.00 Coffee and […]

Research and policy meeting 4 November 2014

Are you in a healthy place? Neighbourhood food environments, diet and healthResearch and policy meeting This meeting was held 10.00am – 4pm, Tuesday 4 November 2014, Møller Centre, Cambridge #cedardiet14 Where we live, study and work, the shops and takeaways we use, and the social structures we inhabit have the potential to shape how we […]

Policy and environmental approaches to obesity prevention in pregnancy and childhood

. Pregnancy and early childhood are periods of rapid growth, and represent critical windows for the promotion of healthy dietary behaviors benefitting both mother and child.  Obesity prevention is also important for very young children, with potential implications for the rest of the life course.The aim of this research programme is to identify policy-based approaches […]

Behavioural epidemiology of young people’s activity behaviour

. The benefits of physical activity for children include better motor skills, improved physical and mental health and lower obesity risk. Moreover, sedentary behaviour is thought to have a negative impact on health. Behaviours formed in childhood and adolescence have the potential to influence adult behaviours and health, and early intervention should therefore be considered.Current […]

Dr Helen Elizabeth Brown

Former Research Associate Helen has now left CEDAR. For more about Helen’s work here, please contact Esther van Sluijs or Kirsten Corder.Publications: Google Scholar Twitter: @HelenEliz_BrownCurrent researchAt CEDAR, Helen accrued over four years of post-doctoral research experience, first as a Career Development Fellow (CDF), and then as a Research Associate. Her research seeks to examine the factors that influence […]

SPACE: Studying Physical Activity in preschool Children and their Environment

About the studyEvidence shows that physical activity in early childhood has a positive impact on children’s health and development and on activity levels later in life. These benefits are not only short-term, but also remain through adolescence and into adulthood.Whilst we are starting to learn more about young children’s physical activity, we currently know very […]

Evidence Brief 2: school-based physical activity programmes

Review for the Youth Sport Trust – November 2012 This Brief summarises a lay review commissioned by the Youth Sport Trust. It gives an overview of school based programmes for promoting physical activity in children and adolescents, and examines evidence about whether certain programmes work better for particular groups of children.Jump to: Physical Activity in […]

Evidence Brief 1: Supporting physical activity in schools

Findings from the SPEEDY study – May 2012 Being physically active is good for children’s health and wellbeing, and can be an important part of combating obesity. However, many children in the UK are not meeting the current physical activity guidelines. As children spend a large amount of time at school or travelling to and […]

New Evidence Briefs from CEDAR – tell us what you think

At CEDAR we’re producing a series of Evidence Briefs: succinct summaries of our research findings. We want to hear your views about how documents like this might be made most effective in supporting decision making within policy and practice.We know that there can be gaps between the evidence that individual studies are able to generate […]