Travis’ Note: The below was originally posted on the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (sedentarybehaviour.org) last week. If you are interested in the health impact of sedentary behaviour head over there, and consider joining the free and rapidly expanding network.
A lot has happened in the past few months and we thought this would be an excellent time for another quick SBRN update.
1. Plans for a formal SBRN meeting at the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Sydney, Australia (October 2012).
We are planning a formal SBRN meeting at ICPAPH, which will be used to decide the future goals and structure of SBRN moving forward. We have setup a short survey to help determine agenda items for the meeting and are asking everyone with an interest in sedentary behaviour (whether attending ICPAPH or not) take 5 minutes to complete the survey. Please feel free to disseminate the survey among your personal networks as well. The more feedback we get from sedentary behaviour researchers, the more we can tailor the network to meet your needs.
Although we applied for funding support through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for this meeting, unfortunately our application was unsuccessful. Thus the survey also asks about your views on different options for covering the costs associated with this meeting. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
The survey can be found below (email subscribers can view the survey on our blog)
2. Sedentary behaviour definition letter published in 4 journals
Since our last update, the SBRN letter updating the definition of sedentary behaviour has been accepted/published in 2 additional journals:
Mental Health and Physical Activity and the African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation & Dance.
As mentioned previously, the letter has also been published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism and Movement & Sport Sciences – Science & Motricité.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the letter! Please cite the article in your own work, and refer people to it when you are acting as a reviewer.
The citation for APNM is:
Sedentary Behaviour Research Network. 2012. Standardized use of the terms “sedentary” and “sedentary behaviours”. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 37: 540–542.
3. Informal SBRN Meetings at ICDAM, ISBNPA & ACSM
SBRN members organized informal meet-ups at three major conferences in recent months, with 10-15 members showing up to chat each time. Thanks to everyone who attended or helped organize these meet-ups, and feel free to organize similar meet-ups at other upcoming meetings. We have pictures of the previous meetings on the SBRN website (www.sedentarybehaviour.org).
4. Membership hits 250!
We have continued to grow at a steady pace, and earlier this week we hit 250 members. In the interest of attracting a broad membership please continue to disseminate information about SBRN through your personal networks, and especially to individuals working in fields that are currently under-represented such as biomechanics, ergonomics, psychology, and engineering.