New study aims to improve the health of NHS office workers

New height-adjustable desks or desk attachments are being made available to selected staff at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital. The SMArT Work (Stand More AT Work) project will investigate if the desks, along with additional behaviour change strategies, reduce sitting time for the participants over a 12 month period. High […]

Public lecture: The Obesity Epidemic: do your genes fit?

The Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU’s final public lecture for 2015 is presented by two PhD students from Loughborough University, Jessica Douglas and James Dorling, and they ask the question: The obesity epidemic: do your genes fit? Date: Tuesday 10 November Time: 6:45pm (refreshments are offered on arrival from 6.30pm) with an anticipated finish time […]

Tell us about your evaluation

The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health is conducting a survey, in collaboration with the NCSEM-EM, to collect information on the planning and evaluation of physical activity programmes. We are looking for the views of practitioners, policy makers, commissioners and researchers to help understand any training and support needs they may […]

Physical Activity and Osteoarthritis Conference

The conference will offer opportunities for researchers in the field of physical activity and osteoarthritis research to meet, present and discuss their work, with key themes including: • Physical activity promotion • Physical activity and musculoskeletal health • Exercise and osteoarthritis • Injury consequence • Reducing risk of injury • Rehabilitation The conference aims to […]

Hopping could reduce fracture risk for older people

The Hip Hop study, which measured the effect of daily hopping exercises in 34 men over 65, has shown bone density in the hopping leg improved after just one year. Increases of up to 7% were identified in the bone mass of some parts of the outer shell (cortex) and in the density of the […]

Study reveals standing desks in schools could help tackle sedentary behaviour

Led by researchers at Loughborough University, in partnership with the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), the Stand Out in Class study introduced a bank of six specialist Ergotron sit-to-stand desks in Year 5 classrooms (ages 9-10) in Bradford – a city with high levels of deprivation and childhood morbidity. Findings of this study were compared to […]

NCSEM part of a study encouraging adolescent girls to embrace physical activity

They will be joined by researchers from the Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) – a collaboration between Loughborough University, University Hospitals of Leicester and the University of Leicester, based at the NCSEM-EM. Experts at the University of Leicester’s Diabetes Research Centre and researchers from Bangor University and the University of Stirling are […]

Volunteers wanted for study on wearable technology and sitting time

Criteria for volunteers are: Male or female between 30-69 Have an iPhone 4S or later model Interested in taking part in local research The study involves a total of four laboratory-based sessions spread over nine weeks. The first is expected to last 10-20 minutes and the further three approximately 30-45 minutes. These sessions will take […]

NCSEM teams up with Nike to get schools active

The guide, Designed to Move: Active Schools, is aimed specifically at school leaders and explains in simple steps how to make schools more active. Active children demonstrate better attention levels, behaviour, attendance rates and academic performance. The impact across the whole school can be dramatic with benefits to the wider school environment. An active school has three components: It inspires […]

Just Good Medicine conference – September 2015

The conference – ‘Just Good Medicine: The role of physical activity in the prevention and management of long term conditions’ – will explore the current and potential role of physical activity in the prevention and management of long term conditions. Who should attend? It is suitable for anyone who has a remit for commissioning, developing or delivering […]

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