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Stress, sitting time and physical activity caloric equivalents

Date and Time
6th October 2021, 17:30 - 19:15
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Speakers’ talks are available to view at the following times:
Professor Amanda Daley – Professor of Behavioural Medicine at Loughborough University: How many minutes of walking does it take to burn off the calories in a pizza? (1 min 37 secs)
Dr Nicola Paine – Lecturer in Health Psychology at Loughborough University: Should I be stressed about my health? The link between psychological stress and physical health (30 mins 48 secs)
Dr Stacy Clemes – Reader in Active Living and Public Health, Loughborough University: Sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic health: an update from the most recent evidence (1 hr 07 mins 02 secs)

Healthcare professional lifestyle education series – Session 2

This session was the second in a series of five expert talks providing a continued professional development opportunity for individuals working within healthcare who have a special interest in lifestyle medicine.

Each talk provided cutting-edge information relating to developments within the fields of exercise as medicine, nutrition, and behaviour change. Led by a team of world-leading academics, each talk conveyed the key take-home messages from the latest research with the aim of extending the knowledge and understanding of those with a basic interest in the field.

This Autumn series covers a range of topical areas spanning the physical activity continuum with application to physical and mental health. Further details on the speakers and content is below.

Professor Amanda Daley: How many minutes of walking does it take to burn off the calories in a pizza?  (PACE-The role of physical activity calorie equivalent labelling in reducing calorie consumption)

PACE food labelling seeks to provide calorie information with an interpretation of what the calorie content of the food/drink item or meal means for energy expenditure. For example, ‘the kilocalories in this pizza require 120 minutes of walking to expend’. Displaying calorie content in an easily understandable format is important given evidence indicating that the public consistently underestimate the energy content of food when labelling is not provided. Evidence from systematic reviews and trials testing the effects of PACE labelling point to the benefits of inclusion on food/drinks labels and menus. However, several criticisms of this labelling system have been raised. This presentation explored the issues and opportunities related to using PACE food labelling.

Professor Amanda Daley is a Professor of Behavioural Medicine and an NIHR Research Professor in Public Health. Amanda is the Director of the Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour (CLiMB) at Loughborough University. The aim of this Centre is to evaluate innovative health behaviour interventions and policies to prevent and treat chronic diseases, with the overall ambition of helping the public to live long, healthy and happy lives. Amanda is the chief investigator on several on-going trials that are examining the effectiveness of public health based physical activity and weight management interventions in general practice and community settings. She is also leading a programme of research that is investigating the usefulness of physical activity calorie equivalent (PACE) food labelling in different settings. In her spare time Amanda is a keen runner and enjoys listening to music.


Dr Nicola Paine: Should I be stressed about my health? The link between psychological stress and physical health

Episodes of acute psychological stress are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease development and have also been reported as a trigger for acute cardiovascular events. The magnitude of the cardiovascular responses to acute psychological stress can be predictive of the risk of future cardiovascular disease development and outcomes. This talk provided a brief overview of research relating to this, including mechanisms that might underpin this.

Dr Nicola Paine is a researcher in the field of behavioural medicine, with interests in how short-term periods of stress affect our physiological functioning and overall health and wellbeing. In her research she investigates how our health behaviours – such as the time we spend active, how much time we spend sitting – can help or hinder the body’s physical response to stress.


Dr Stacy Clemes: Sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic health: an update from the most recent evidence

This talk gave an introduction to  sedentary behaviour including how sedentary behaviour is defined, what is its prevalence and why we should be concerned. It examined the associations between sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic health and review the most recent evidence. The talk also considered how much sitting is too much and if we accumulate our sitting matters.

Dr Stacy Clemes is a Reader in Active Living and Public Health at Loughborough University. Her expertise focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours across the life course. She is currently leading a NIHR Public Health Research funded study examining the impact of a multicomponent lifestyle health behaviour intervention in heavy goods vehicle drivers. She also leads research examining the impact of sit-to-stand desks on health and learning outcomes in the school environment, and more recently has started to explore the mental and physical health impacts of remote working. Dr Clemes was part of the Sedentary Behaviour Expert Working Group for the 2019 UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines review.


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