Physical inactivity prevails 60 years after London Bus study
Professor Bauman gave the inaugural Jerry Morris Oration at a Heart Foundation breakfast at Parliament House on Friday. He called for a unified approach to combating the growing problem of inactivity, which people continue to ignore. "Physical inactivity causes as many deaths as does smoking,'' he said. ''Globally it causes 50 per cent more deaths than obesity, yet we don't fund physical inactivity strategies as much as we fund obesity prevention and tobacco prevention, so we need to get on the case," Professor Bauman said. View more details from here.
Dr Melody Ding received Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Dr Melody Ding has just received some wonderful news, her application for a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship has been successful. These fellowships are highly competitive and to have been successful is testament to Melody’s outstanding track record, exceptional skills and indeed her limitless potential.
Dr Louise Hardy wins ANPHA translational research awards
On 26 July, the winners of the ANPHA translational research awards were announced, Louise Hardy, with Andrew Milat (Ministry of Health), John Wiggers and Luke Wolfenden (Uni of Newcastle) and Karen Gilham (Hunter Local Health District) went down to Canberra representing the Good for Kids project and were announced as the winner! The Good for Kids project was a partnership between these three organisations and PANORG (who were responsible for the evaluation of the program) – and the award is a nice reflection of the considerable effort all parties put into the project. This is good news for NSW health promotion, and helps correct the national perceptions about significant community-based child obesity prevention projects! From PRC particular praise must go to Lou Hardy, Lesley King, Anne Grunseit and Adrian Bauman for all their work on this project. Many other people were involved at different stages, including Louise Baur, Tim Gill, Debra Hector, Vicki Flood, Kris, Tracie and numerous other biostats trainees, and moral support from everyone else.
The WHO Collaborating Centre was launched on 25 July
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity has been established under the auspices of WHO's Head Office in Geneva to influence policy and public health work on chronic disease prevention globally. In particular, the Centre will focus on physical activity promotion, public health nutrition, obesity prevention and diabetes prevention, and will work in developed and developing countries, as chronic disease is prevalent in most countries across the globe.
The Centre will be based within the University of Sydney's Boden Institute and Prevention Research Collaboration, and will be directed by Professors Adrian Bauman and Stephen Colagiuri from Sydney Medical School's School of Public Health, the Boden Institute and the University's Charles Perkins Centre.
A conference award for Professor Chris Rissel
At the recent Health Promotion Association conference Professor Chris Rissel was awarded a Life Membership at the Association’s Annual General Meeting. It says “for distinguished, meritorious and special service as a mature leader in health promotion in Australia and for the significant contribution to the purposes and objectives of the Association”.
Cultural differences in children's fight against fat
Dr Hector recently published her findings in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health with other academic staff from Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney School of Public Health. "Almost one in two low SES (Socioeconomic Status) boys from Asian (45 percent) and Middle-Eastern backgrounds (40 percent) were overweight or obese, compared with 25 percent of boys from English-speaking backgrounds. " The study was one of the first to look at both children's ethnic background and their socioeconomic status in combination."They need to reach, and be culturally appropriate for, children who are most at risk." Dr Hector said. View more details from here.
Kids drink 'alarming' levels of soft drink
A study led by Lana Hebden published in the current issue of Preventive Medicine, found that 24 per cent of the 8058 kids surveyed were drinking an "alarming" five or more cups of soft drink a week. "We also found students who drank soft drink with meals at home were almost 10 times as likely to be high consumers of these drinks." View more details from here.
Get out of your chair!
PRC director Professor Adrian Bauman talks in University Staff News on sitting less and moving more. The start of Semester One is a perfect time to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine, helping you to feel better during the day and, potentially, improving your long-term health. View more details from here.
"Walking to work in Sydney" is out now
After the report to analyse cycling to work in Sydney from 2001 to 2011, in March PRC just released a report about walking to work in Sydney in the same period. Please click here for the full report.
PRC annual report 2012 is out now
PRC Annual Report 2012 is out now. In the last year PRC continued to make a significant contribution to prevention and population health research nationally and internationally. It not only outlines the PRC’s achievements in 2012, but also provides clear evidence of cross unit, faculty and institution research collaboration by PRC staff. View the report here.
Cycling to work in Sydney
The report entitled "Cycling to work in Sydney: analysis of journey-to-work Census data from 2001 to 2011" is just released. Please click here for the full report.
Funded by the NSW Ministry of Health, Professor Adrian Bauman and Dr Philayrath Phongsavan lead and conducted the evaluation of the free service, Get Healthy, with near 20,000 participants. It helps reduce chronic disease risk, especially for people from remote areas and from disadvantaged backgrounds. The interview can be seen at the University News. Please click here for Get Healthy evaulatuion report.
Rich pay packet, poor health
Dr Alexis St.George recently published a paper on "Who should we target" in a health promotion survey that reached more than 3 million full and part-time workers in the state by occupation. They then assessed risk factors such as body mass, waist circumference, smoking and exercise levels for each group using Australian Bureau of Statistics and Census data. The key finding is that the a one-size-fits-all approach to health promotion was doomed to fail. More details can be seen at Optus Zoo.
Governments should get behind bikes, and not just one day a year
Do you think riding to work is fun? Professor Chris Rissel articulates the importance of cycling to work. Australians are pretty enthusiastic about cycling for recreation. Cycling to work is another matter entirely. Arguably, cycle commuting is even more important than recreational riding: as well as the health benefits, cycle commuting helps with congestion and with reducing transport emissions. But it’s also a lot more controversial. More details are be found at The Conversation.
Junk food industry fails by its own ad standards
Our study on food marketing shows that "The study of junk food advertising on free-to-air television found despite the introduction of two industry self-regulation pledges in 2009, the frequency of junk food ads remained unchanged from last year."
This paper was published this week in Public Health Nutrition is one of 2 studies featured in this Sydney Morning Herald article today, with Kathy Chapman as a spokesperson.
Sports sponsorship and kids' health: who are the real winners?
Rona Macniven and Bridget Kelly both look into the impact of sports sponsorship on kids health. The adverse effect of junk food and alcohol sponsorship is an increased concern. This is featured in The Conversation.
Sweets for the sweetly behaved not helpful for children's weight
Cutting screen time and not rewarding children's good behaviour with sweets are among the steps parents could take to reduce overweight and obesity in children before they start school. The study, led by Dr Louise Hardy, published in the journal Preventive Medicine also showed many parents do not realise their children have a weight problem. See more from University's News. When she was asked in The Project how to form a good behaviour as a parent, she emphasized not to turn TV on especially during day time. Eating around the dinner table with TV off will avoid over eating. Breast feeding is also a good start for new parents. (Scroll through about 2/3 of the way to see Lou’s segment.)
Obesity is more than a health problem
Professor Louise Baur is the speaker on University's "What matters to you", an online forum for one of the most voted topics during the month. Professor Baur looks at the range of factors including food marketing, availability of low-cost foods, urban planning and public transport. She will be online to respond to comments on 12pm, Thursday 19 July.
Australian cycling boom? Nope - it's a myth
Professor Chris Rissel examines closely on the reports by the cycling industry that significant bicycles sales in Australia suggested a growth in cycling participation. He proposed that it represents a net decline in cycling along with the growth of population between 1986 and 2006. This paper was featured in University's news headline. View the news here.
Professor Chris Rissel awarded an ARC grant for his cycling infrastructure grant
We are delighted to congratulate Professor Chris Rissel, Associate Professor Stephen Greaves, Dr Li Ming Wen and Professor Anthony Capon who have been awarded $380,000 over four years for their project ‘The development and application of an evaluation framework to assess transport, health and economic impacts of new urban cycling infrastructure’. The partner organisations are National Heart Foundation of Australia, NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW Ministry of Health , City of Sydney Council, Premier's Council for Active Living. This project will develop and apply a more accurate and simpler approach to measure the impacts of new cycling infrastructure, than is currently available. This methodology will be applied to a new bicycle path to be built by the City of Sydney, demonstrating the full transport, environmental, health, and economic impacts on the community.
A new approach to obesity and diabetes treatments
Prevention Research Collaboration has contributed five articles to the new book, A modern epidemic - Expert perspectives on obesity and diabetes, produced by Charles Perkins Centre. More details are available at Publications.
Research to practice: application of an evidence-building framework to childhood obesity prevention initiatives in NSW
A new PRC publication uses a framework which distinguishes different types of evidence needed to guide policy and practice, to examine the evidence underpinning the current NSW Healthy Children Initiative.
Sitting Can Lead to An Early Death
28 March 2012
Dr Hidde Van Der Ploeg relates sedentary activities such as television watching and sitting to an early death.
This article is featured in Sydney Morning Herald.
Strengthening Prevention Policy Forum
9 March 2012
The Sydney Health Policy Network and the Prevention Research Collaboration sponsored this forum. The Proceedings will be available shortly.
Building solutions to protect children from unhealthy food and drink sport sponsorship
8 December 2011
This report provides a summary of research on the scope of unhealthy food and drink sponsorship of children’s sport, the effect of this sponsorship on children sport sponsorship, and key recommendations relating to potential solutions to create healthier sponsorship arrangements. View Report
Repealing legislation would double cycling numbers
2 December 2011
A new survey of 600 adults in Sydney found that 23% said that they would ride a bicycle more if they did not have to wear a helmet. Cycling levels in Sydney could more than double if laws forcing people to wear bicycle helmets were repealed. View journal article
Too much screen time eating into playtime
21 November 2011
The 380-page report on the 2010 NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey was released today by the NSW Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries, and the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli. PANORG's Louise Hardy, the principal investigator of the survey, said the good news was that the proportion of children who were obese or overweight - 22.8 per cent - had not increased since the previous survey in 2004. Read the newspaper article.
Read the Full Report here Read the Short Report here
Broad range of prevention efforts need to target obesity in children
10 November 2011
Professor Louise Baur outlines the necessary approaches required for the effective prevention and treatment of obesity in children. Her article in The Conversation is a shorter version of an article that appears in the latest issue of Perspectives, an opinion-led journal published by Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Read the article here
Research calls for government funding to boost NSW cycling
12 October 2011
In the lead up to today's national Ride to Work Day, researchers from the University of Sydney are calling on the NSW government to increase its support for cycling. Read what PRC's Chris Rissel says here:
Research calls for government funding to boost NSW cycling
A chance for city cyclists to find the right balance between work and play
Try cycling on Ride to Work Day … it might change your life
The PRC has recently published a position statement on Cycling in NSW, which can be read here:
Cycling in NSW
Sitting workers face an early grave
29 September 2011
PRC researchers Adrian Bauman and Hidde van der Ploeg will present their findings that sitting down for long periods of time increases your risk of dying today at the annual meeting of the 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing health research project in the southern hemisphere. View the latest media reports, including an interview with Adrian, here:
Sitting workers face an early grave
Sitting workers face an early grave - study
Sitting down on the job may kill you