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Public lecture: Finding your feet – the importance of early childhood for the development of a healthy lifestyle

Date and Time
21st April 2021, 17:30 - 18:30
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In April 2021 Dr Silvia Costa will deliver a public lecture on the importance of early childhood for the development of a healthy lifestyle.

In this lecture she will discuss why early childhood is a key period in life for the development of a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and diet. It will look at current physical activity and dietary guidelines, current evidence on how active young children are and how healthy their diets are, as well as the importance of early childhood physical activity and diet for future health and healthy lifestyles.

Because a growing number of young children now regularly attend early education and childcare settings (e.g., nurseries and childminders) for long periods of time, these settings have great potential to contribute to the development of healthy lifestyle habits during this key period in life. This lecture will also present an overview of current evidence regarding the influence of early education and childcare settings on young children’s physical activity and dietary habits, and point out some practical resources that both early years practitioners and parents can access to promote healthy physical activity and dietary habits for young children.

Silvia is a Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. After graduating from the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (Portugal) in 2007 with a BSc in Fitness and Health, Silvia moved to Loughborough University in 2008 to undertake an MRes in Human Biology, followed by a PhD (2009-2013) in which she focused on the objective measurement of physical activity in 2-3 year old children.

Silvia’s current research has focused on the relationship between childcare attendance and obesity, as well as health behaviours (e.g., physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and diet). More broadly, she is interested in how policies and practices within environments that young children are exposed to can influence their health behaviours, and how such policies and practices can be modified to improve children’s growth, development, and health.


Wednesday 28 April 2021, 5.30pm

This event will take place online. It is free of charge and open to anyone with an interest in the topic. To book your place please click on the book now button above and complete the booking form. You will be emailed details of how to access the online talk the day before the event.

If you have any questions about this event please email Alison Stanley at

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