Physical Activity Research
Levels of physical activity have declined as our occupations, travel and leisure pursuits have become more sedentary. Up to two thirds of people living in the UK and Ireland do not take enough physical activity to benefit their health. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, and contributes to a number of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers.
To address the low levels of physical activity in our society, researchers in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health (Northern Ireland) are investigating new ways to get people active. People are inactive for many reasons, including a mix of individual motivations for activity; the support and activity of friends and family; and the supportiveness of environments around their home, schools and workplaces are. We have a number of ongoing research projects exploring the effects of interventions to address these.