As regular readers will know, the literature studying the health impact of sedentary behaviour has exploded in the past 3-5 years. The evidence suggests that sedentary behaviour has a direct and negative impact on health regardless of how physically active you are, which has led several researchers (myself included) to suggest that sedentary behaviour should be seen as a unique risk factor which is separate and distinct from physical activity.
To date, although we have many national and international organizations focused on the health impact of exercise and physical activity (e.g. the American College of Sports Medicine, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, etc), there is no organization focused specifically on sedentary behaviour. This is a problem for a couple reasons – first and foremost, there is no organization which currently links sedentary behaviour researchers working in disparate fields including psychology, epidemiology, and physiology. This makes it difficult to network with other researchers, or to stay up-to-date on the latest research evidence.
As a result, my colleagues and I at the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) research group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO RI) have recently discussed the potential value of having a single organization which is focused specifically on sedentary behaviour. Such an organization would complement the organizations that focus on exercise/physical activity, and we think it could be of great benefit to those of us working in this field.
We have put together a short questionnaire for researchers and health professionals with an interest in sedentary behaviour, which I have embedded below (email subscribers can view the questionnaire by visiting the blog). If you are currently performing sedentary behaviour research or are interested in this area, we’d really appreciate it if you could fill out the survey, and distribute it to anyone who you feel may be interested.
The survey takes only 2-3 minutes to complete, and it will be of great help in determining whether there is sufficient need/interest for this type of organization.
If you have any thoughts or if you’re interested in becoming involved in this organization, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a note at saunders (dot) travis (at) gmail (dot) com.
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