Goal setting

Physical activity for healthBehaviour & behaviour change

Understanding why people participate in physical activity or sedentary behaviour is critical to the development of effective behaviour change interventions. Relatively little is known about changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviour over the life course, such as why people become less active as they get older.

Several of our staff conduct research within this area. Areas of expertise are:

  • Physical activity & sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents - Professor J Reilly
  • Physical activity and childhood obesity - Dr A Hughes
  • Physical activity & sedentary behaviour in prevention and management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) with focus on Diabetes - Dr A Kirk
  • Physical activity & sedentary behaviour in community dwelling older adults and hospitalised patients - Dr A Mavroeidi 
  • Behaviour change interventions with vulnerable populations - Dr F Muirhead
  • Physical activity & sedentary behaviour in the under 5s, children and adolescents – Dr X Janssen