CEDAR Bulletin 4 – January 2013

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In this issue


New Evidence Brief – Children’s diet and school

Fresh food ingredients for a healthy nutritious diet.

A new CEDAR Evidence Brief is available – the latest in our series of succinct summaries of research findings.

Children’s diet and schools: Findings from CEDAR studies and evidence review
Food consumed at school, and its potential impact on childhood obesity, has received considerable attention in recent years. But how much do we really know about how the school environment affects children’s eating behaviour and health?

Thank you to everyone who has helped us develop the content and format of these documents. Please keep telling us if you think there are ways we can improve them. Contact ocf26@medschl.cam.ac.uk


ESRC Evidence Briefing – Supporting health and activity in schools

esrc_canteenAlso available is an Evidence Briefing from the Economic and Social Research Council, Supporting health and activity in schools which draws on findings from the SPEEDY study. Download the Briefing (pdf)

Further ESRC Evidence Briefings are available on their website.


CEDAR Seminars: CANCELLATION and update

A man drawing a flow-chart

Unfortunately the seminar scheduled for 23 January with Pauline Reeves, Deputy Director for Sustainable Travel and Equalities, Department for Transport has been cancelled due to uncertainties about the weather conditions. (Relating to school opening rather than transport!) We will be rescheduling this Seminar for later in the year.

All are invited to the following joint CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Unit Seminars:

1. Locking in the Olympic legacy by rebalancing towns cities and communities in favour of more Cycling and Walking

2. Too much sitting is a health hazard: from observational studies to experimental evidence

  • Professor David Dunstan, Head of the Physical Activity laboratory and the Physical Activity Project Leader of the Healthy Lifestyle Research Centre, the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Wednesday 27 February 2013, 1-2pm, MRL meeting rooms 1 & 2, Level 4 Institute of Metabolic Sciences Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre (ATC)
  • Further details at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/blog/seminar-27-february-david-dunston/

CEDAR contributes to new NICE guidance on walking and cycling

walking cyclingOn 28 November 2012, NICE published their new guidance: Walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation

This guidance sets out how people can be encouraged to increase the amount they walk or cycle for travel or recreation purposes. This will help meet public health and other goals (for instance, to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions).

You can also read the expert testimony submitted to the NICE from CEDAR’s Dr David Ogilvie and Dr Jenna Panter here.

The Active Travel Conference 2012: People-friendly cities for health and well-being was held in Leicester on the same day of the NICE guidance release. The conference looked at opportunities to improve health by transforming cities through making walking and cycling the preferred choice for local journeys, bringing together local authorities to share an understanding about barriers they face in promoting active travel. Speakers included:

  • David Pencheon (Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit)
  • Anna Soubry MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health)
  • Norman Baker MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport)
  • Dr David Ogilvie, MRC Epidemiology Unit and CEDAR

Slides from a number of the presentations are available at: www.goleicestershire.com/activetravel.aspx

CEDAR has also recently submitted evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group Inquiry: Get Britain Cycling.


Transport modelling and policy seminar series – next event 15 February

Close up of the gears on a bike

The Modelling on the Move: Towards transport system transitions? project is holding a series of seminars bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss innovative ways of responding to pressing policy problems in transport. The next event – Public Health Perspectives – is on 15 February 2013 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The seminar will bring together public health experts with transport modellers and researchers to think about the challenges posed, and benefits to be gained, by combining transport modelling with public health perspectives and vice versa. It will be a highly interactive, workshop-based event, with small groups discussing the issues in detail.


Quebec-UK Symposium –  Monday 11 March 2013, Cambridge

Quebec-FlagTowards clinical and public health solutions to the epidemic of cardiometabolic diseases

Moller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK, Monday 11 March 2013
Co-Chairs: Prof Nicholas Wareham, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK / Prof Jean-Pierre Després, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

The increasing prevalence of obesity is now widely recognized and is the driving force behind the rapid rise in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes worldwide. This meeting with discuss research aimed at finding both clinical and public health solutions to this serious health issue.

Speakers will include:

  • André Tchernof, Université Laval
  • André Carpentier, Université de Sherbrooke
  • AV Vidal-Puig, Institute of Metabolic Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • David Savage, Institute of Metabolic Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Marie-France Langlois, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Simon Griffin, MRC Epidemiology Unit & CEDAR, Cambridge
  • Lise Gauvin, Université de Montréal
  • David Ogilvie, MRC Epidemiology Unit & CEDAR, Cambridge

Find out more at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/blog/quebec-uk/ and to reserve a place please contact Hazel Collinson on hac29@medschl.cam.ac.uk with your name, role and organisational affiliation.


Recent CEDAR publications

JournalsThe following papers are a selection of recent publications by CEDAR authors

You can find all CEDAR publications through our online database: www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/publications. On it you can search over 110 scientific papers by author, journal, CEDAR study, title and abstract keywords. We’ve also marked where papers are Open Access. A list of all Open Access publications can be found at: www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/publications/tag/open-access


2013 ISBNPA Post-Conference Satellite, Cambridge, 26 – 28 May 2013

Kings Cambridge webFollowing the main 2013 ISBNPA Conference in Ghent, Belgium, CEDAR will be hosting a satellite conference:

More than the sum of the parts?
Integration of individual and environmental approaches to changing population-level physical activity behaviour
Cambridge, 26 – 28 May 2013

Environmental change may be necessary but not sufficient to increase population levels of physical activity. This satellite conference is for those interested in designing and evaluating interventions that combine environmental and individual perspectives on behaviour change.

It is aimed at public health researchers whose active participation in plenary sessions, case studies and discussions will help develop our understanding of the evidence, methodological challenges and how intervention research can be advanced.

Only 25 places now available. For more information and to book your place visit www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/isbnpa2013


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