Phys Ed Teachers Needed for Research Study

A research project at the University of Western Ontario is currently recruiting participants.  To participate or find out more, please contact Stephanie Truelove (519) 661-2111, ext. 88938, email: struelo2@uwo.ca, or Dr. Trish Tucker, (519) 661-2111, ext. 88977, email: ttucker2@uwo.ca. Physical education class provides an ideal environment for students to be physically active; however, the instruction of physical education varies greatly between individual teachers across the country. At this time, physical education specialists (i.e., gym teachers…

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Reallocating time between sleep, sedentary and active behaviours: Associations with obesity and health in Canadian adults

Today’s post comes from Rachel Colley (Senior Research Analyst in the Health Analysis Division at Statistics Canada), and describes a new paper released on April 18, 2018 looking at how time reallocations among sedentary behaviour, sleep, light-intensity movement and exercise are associated with health. The full article is available for free here. A brief summary of the article is also available here. This article has also been posted by the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network. Background…

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Active transportation for the win

I am very passionate about active transportation.  To me, the benefits are obvious.  In the 4 years I’ve been at my current institution, I’ve either run or biked to work most of the time.  I live about 2 miles from campus, so everyday that I bike or run to work, I get about 4 miles of activity.  I do this year-round – mostly biking in the summer and fall, and mostly running in the winter…

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Why are healthcare providers scared of exercise?

Over the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with a number healthcare providers to discuss the role and importance of exercise for their patients.  In those interactions, I’ve noted 2 common themes pop up on a pretty regular basis. They believe that exercise is important for their patients They are not comfortable prescribing exercise themselves, often because they worry that they may harm their patients It’s not hard to understand why healthcare…

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Update – Participants Needed to Validate Sedentary Behaviour Questionnaires

Earlier this year I posted details on a study in my lab, looking to validate new sedentary behaviour questionnaires.  We’ve had a very good response, and are now just 25 participants shy of the number needed for our statistical tests (thanks to everyone who has participated so far!).  I am therefore reposting the study details, for those who may have missed it.  If you would like to participate, you can sign up here.  Researchers at…

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Taxonomy-based content analysis of sedentary behavior questionnaires: A systematic review

Today’s post comes from researchers Salomé Aubert and Fabien Rivière, and describes their recent review of the content of sedentary behaviour questionnaires.  More on Salomé and Fabien can be found at the bottom of this post.  Their full paper is available for free here. Background Sedentary behaviours (SB) are defined as “as any waking behaviour characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 METs while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture” [1]. Health effects of sedentary time have been…

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Taxonomy-based content analysis of sedentary behavior questionnaires: A systematic review

Today’s post comes from researchers Salomé Aubert and Fabien Rivière, and describes their recent review of the content of sedentary behaviour questionnaires.  More on Salomé and Fabien can be found at the bottom of this post.  Their full paper is available for free here. Background Sedentary behaviours (SB) are defined as “as any waking behaviour characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 METs while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture” [1]. Health effects of sedentary time have been…

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Do we fatten our kids in front of screens? Yes, no, maybe, it depends!

Today’s post comes from Professor Stuart Biddle, of the University of Southern Queensland.  More on Professor Biddle, and links to papers cited in this article, can be found at the bottom of this post. I have been studying sedentary behaviour for some time now. In 2001 we were funded by the British Heart Foundation to study sedentary behaviour patterns in teenagers (e.g., Gorely, Marshall, Biddle, & Cameron, 2007). At the same time we decided to…

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Sitting on a ticking time bomb: managing type 2 diabetes in a sitting-centric world

Today’s post comes from Dr Paddy Dempsey.  You can find more about Dr Dempsey’s work at the bottom of this post. To request copies of the papers described in this article, visit his profile on ResearchGate. Globally, over half a billion people are projected to have type 2 diabetes (T2D) by 2035, around 10% of the population. In Australia alone, around 280 new people are diagnosed with T2D every day – costing the healthcare system…

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Participants needed to help validate sedentary behaviour questionnaire

Earlier this year I posted an article by Dr Stephanie Prince, summarizing the questionnaires that are currently available for measuring sedentary behaviour.  That project led to the creation of a new questionnaire for measuring sedentary behaviour, called the ISAT (available here).  As a follow-up, I am currently running several projects examining how well the ISAT measures sedentary behaviour.  One of those projects is being done via an online questionnaire, which is described below.  To sign…

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