Physical Activity and Behavioural Epidemiology

Physical Activity


Dr. Orly Lacham-Kaplan

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The Physical Activity and Behavioural Epidemiology laboratories are concerned with the primary prevention of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Our research deals with the health consequences of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours; the measurement and analysis of environmental, social and personal-level determinants of behavioral risk factors (television viewing, sitting in automobiles, desk- and screen-bound work) and lack of physical activity; and, gathering and interpreting evidence from trials of broad-reaching interventions. The aim is to better understand how variations in behaviour can influence health outcomes and to identify the factors that can influence behavioural change.

The ultimate goal of our combined program is to contribute unique insights relevant to public health policy. We aim to identify environmental and social innovations that can increase physical activity and reduce sitting time.

The two laboratories are building comprehensive scientific links between epidemiological evidence; clinical/experimental investigations; behavioural intervention trials on changing sitting time in real-world settings; and large-scale population studies of environment/behaviour relationships. This integration aims to provide much-needed evidence to inform new policy directions in public health in order to reduce Australia’s disease burden from excessive sedentary time and physical inactivity.



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Physical Activity and Behavioural Epidemiology

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Level 4, 99 Commercial Road, Prahran, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Research laboratory
Discipline areas: Biological Science, Excercise & Sports Science
Precinct: South east
Affiliations: Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

Biological Science categories: Clinical trials resources, Devices, Nutrition, Preclinical assays
Exercise and Sports Science categories: Excercise physiology
Tags: cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases, physical activity, sedentary behaviour