GCU hosts sedentary behaviour conference

05 January 2015

GCU hosts sedentary behaviour conference

GCU hosts sedentary behaviour conference

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is hosting a major conference with the aim of developing a multidisciplinary research framework on determinants and interventions for sedentary behaviour.

Sedentary behaviour, defined as time spent non-exercising in a seated or reclining posture, has been identified as a health risk and associated with frailty and disablement in older adults.

Reducing sedentary behaviour is a public health challenge internationally but currently there is disparate and limited knowledge about behaviour determinants to inform interventions.

The ‘Determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course’ conference will bring together epidemiologists, psychologists, clinicians, economists, rehabilitation, behavioural and social scientists to discuss the multiple factors that determine sedentary behaviour from childhood to old age.  

The aim is to develop a consensus of approach to research in this area, prioritising research in areas such as transport and education through a mapping exercise designed to set the future international research policy agenda. Discussions will be held on how behaviours change over the life course, how these factors and their interactions differ between social and ethnic groups and what are the right targets for actions at multiple levels.

The conference, taking place on June 8 and 9, is a satellite meeting of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity and will be held as part of the European funded project Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC).

The main objective of DEDIPAC is to understand the determinants of dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours and to translate this knowledge into a more effective promotion of a healthy diet and physical activity. It is a multidisciplinary consortium of scientists from 46 research centres in 12 countries across Europe.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Sebastien Chastin said: “DEDIPAC is a unique project. It is the first project of this size geared to assemble the collective thinking of all major experts in Europe and available data to tackle in a concerted and unified way the factors that lead people toward unhealthy lifestyles. The workshop at GCU will be a landmark that will guide international research.”

GCU research in the area of sedentary behaviour is significant, with Professor Dawn Skelton and Dr Chastin leading a number of research projects including Seniors USP, an MRC-funded collaborative project bringing together internationally-recognised multidisciplinary expertise in a range of areas such as active ageing, sedentary behaviour and physical activity/inactivity to collectively deliver crucial information to inform future interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity in older people.

To book, please follow the link.