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Physical activity for health Health effects

We encourage people to move more and sit less because it promotes health and well-being, but many of the health benefits of physical activity and sedentary behaviour are still poorly understood.

Our research aims to provide a better understanding of how and why physical activity and sedentary behaviour improves health, and of the amount, intensity, and type of activity needed for health benefits.

Current active research areas include:

  • Health effects of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep in children and adolescents: development of national and international guidelines - Professor John Reilly
  • Effects of child and adolescent obesity on cognition and educational attainment - Professor John Reilly
  • Patterns of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and growth across childhood and their influence on later disease outcomes - Dr Adrienne Hughes
  • Effect of physical activity, sedentary behaviour on NCD prevention and management with focus on Diabetes - Dr Alison Kirk
  • 24-hour movement behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep) and their influence on children’s development and health- Dr Xanne Janssen
  • Effect of lifestyle interventions (diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviour) on bone health, falls, fractures and frailty- Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi
  • Effect of sedentary behaviour in acute hospital wards and patient care outcomes – Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi