Neville’s name will be familiar to regular readers of the blog. He is one of the world’s foremost researchers of sedentary behaviour, and has published seminal studies linking sedentary behaviour with increased risk of mortality, and highlighting the importance of breaks in sedentary behaviour. Along with Mark Tremblay, Rachel Colley, and Genevieve Healy, I was fortunate to co-author a review paper on the health impact of sedentary behaviour with Neville last December (available here). For more on that review paper, feel free to check out this 4-part series of posts breaking it down.
Last week Dr Owen spoke with researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and was kind enough to allow Ernesto to record and publish two videos of his talk, which are embedded below. In the first video, you can see Dr Owen explain what sedentary behaviour is, how an “active” person can still accumulate lots of sedentary time, and the impact of interventions aimed at reducing sedentary time. In the second video, Dr Owen takes questions from the audience on the impact of sedentary behaviour in kids, how we can change the work environment to allow people to reduce their sedentary behaviour, and gives his thoughts on standing desks.
Thanks to Dr Owen for allowing his talk to be recorded and thanks to Ernesto Ramirez for the excellent recording. For more info on sedentary behaviour, or to join the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (membership is free!), or to access the ever-expanding database of sedentary behaviour research (90 papers and counting), please visit sedentarybehaviour.org.
Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Applied Human Science. His research focuses on the relationship between sedentary time (e.g. sitting) and chronic disease risk in both children and adults. He is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist and (former) competitive distance runner. You can connect with him on Twitter @TravisSaunders.
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