Cambridgeshire ‘guided busway’ encouraging people to be more active on the commute

The bus might seem like a natural enemy of the vulnerable cyclist. But in Cambridgeshire, a ‘guided busway’ is in fact encouraging more cycling and helping commuters to become more active on their way to work. This is according to a new study from the University of Cambridge, funded by the National Institute for Health […]

Use of TV, internet and computer games associated with poorer GCSE grades

Each extra hour per day spent watching TV, using the internet or playing computer games during Year 10 is associated with poorer grades at GCSE at age 16, according to research from the University of Cambridge.In a study published today in the open access International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers also found […]

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 […]

Marko Tainio

Senior Research Associate (Health Impact Assessment) Email: Twitter: Telephone: (+44)-1223-746887 Address:  UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) MRC Epidemiology Unit University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science Cambridge Biomedical Campus Cambridge, CB2 0QQResearch area and background Marko Tainio studies the linkage between policies and public health […]

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 […]

Physical Activity and Public Health

. Last updated April 2018Physical activity reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and the health of most people in the UK and many other countries would be improved if the population were to become more physically active.However, efforts to bring this about have met with little success to date. One […]

Public health modelling

Modelling is the simulation of a partial representation of a system. It can help us answer questions that no single empirical study can answer.Modelling enables us to estimate longer term and population wide health effects of interventions, integrate evidence from different domains, consider hypothetical ‘what if’ scenarios, and address issues of cost and cost-effectiveness. Modelling […]

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 […]

Environmental determinants of physical activity and dietary behaviour

.To accurately assess how people’s physical activity and diet is related to where they live and work, we need to be able to more accurately measure their movements and behaviours.Using a number of methods, including the innovative use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) to measure research participants’ use of space […]

Traffic and Health in Glasgow

Plain English summarySource: Health impacts of the M74 urban motorway extension: a mixed-method natural experimental study. Public Health Res 2017; 5: 3.What was the problem? Building new roads in urban areas has the potential to reduce injuries from road traffic accidents, improve people’s access to amenities and opportunities, and help regenerate disadvantaged communities. On the […]