The physical, social and economic world influences what we eat and how much we move around. These dietary and physical activity behaviours have an effect on our health and others around us. They are among the most important risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and mental health disorders.
These behaviours also feed back on the environment. For instance, our transport choices influence greenhouse gas emissions, and our diet choices impact on the sustainability of food production and supply globally.
CEDAR’s research looks at how the world in which we live shapes our behaviours, and therefore how we might target whole populations and systems to bring about a positive shift in our health. This could include our access to green spaces, how our schools and communities shape our childhoods, the transport we take, or the food choices that are available to us.
CEDAR is part of the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, and brings together the work of Unit research programmes which examine dietary and physical activity behaviours in different settings and across the life-course. These are principally the following programmes:
- Behavioural Epidemiology and Interventions in Young People’s activity behaviour
- Population Health Interventions
- Public Health Modelling
CEDAR draws on the expertise of a wide range of scientific disciplines, including behavioural science, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health geography, and nutrition research.
We are also helping to build research capacity for the future by supporting the careers of MPhil and PhD students, and post-doctoral fellows in public health.
Our work is underpinned by the systems and structures of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, including specialist expertise in data management, study coordination and communications.
Work with us
We collaborate with public health organisations, schools, charities and policy bodies to find ways to improve our diets and physical activity. You can find out more about working with CEDAR here. Any vacancies at CEDAR will be listed here.