CRESH Symposium on Physical Activity and the Environment. November 19th

One day symposium – Physical Activity and the Environment

School of Geosciences, Drummond Street, University of Edinburgh

19th November 10.00 – 16.30

Evidence exists to suggest that physical activity is important for health and that low levels of physical activity are of increasing concern. The global importance of this was highlighted in a recent collection of papers in The Lancet quantifying the public health importance of physical activity. The local environment can provide opportunities for promoting or hindering engagement in physical activity and recent research in this field has sought to understand, if and how, features of the local environment shape individual health related behaviours, and in turn, area level health inequalities.

This workshop will bring together academics, public health professionals and policy makers to discuss emerging research and interventions in this area. Speakers from both academia and public policy will present current research and interventions and a group discussion will consider the future for work in this area.

9.30        Coffee and registration

10.00     Welcome

10:15     Prof Nanette Mutrie, Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh

10.45     Ian Findlay, Chief Officer, Paths for all

11.15     Coffee

11.45     Dr Niamh Shortt, CRESH, University of Edinburgh

12:30     Lunch

13.30     Sharon Allison, Physical Activity and Health Alliance Coordinator, NHS Health Scotland

14.00     Prof Andy Jones, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of East Anglia

14.30     Coffee

15.00     Where next for research and policy on physical activity and the environment (Group discussion facilitated by Prof Richard Mitchell and Prod Jamie Pearce)

16.30     Wine reception


Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please register your interest by Friday November 2nd by contacting Fiona Hartree on 0131 651 4348 or email

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