Whether in the workplace, at home, or in a care setting, the time we spend sedentary can be detrimental to our long-term health in a number of ways.

While obesity is the most obvious health consequence from remaining sedentary, there are also investigations about how inactivity affects the risk of chronic disease, mood and even memory.

In children and adolescents there are efforts to quantify how sedentary behaviour impacts psychosocial wellbeing, while in older adults there is focus on the reasons why individuals are sedentary – is it due to injury, to social isolation, confidence or lack of motivation?

In the workplace, our researchers have been champions at initiatives which encourage standing and walking, not just for burning energy, but to increase productivity and alleviate stress.

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Meet some of our researchers

Associate Professor Asaduzzaman Khan
Current research focuses on the epidemiology of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and their inter-relationships with health and wellbeing.
Associate Professor Genevieve Healy
Examines population-level variations in prolonged sedentary time as well as the feasibility and acceptability of reducing this behaviour in key settings, such as the workplace. She is the lead investigator on the BeUpstanding program of research.
Dr Paul Gardiner
Research focuses on relationships between prolonged sitting and cognitive function in older people.
Professor Elizabeth Eakin
As a behavioural scientist working in the field of population health, she has developed an internationally recognised program of research in health behaviour interventions in chronic disease prevention and management
Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson
Has a specific interest in the measurement of physical activity, as well as intervention strategies that impact behaviour change and physiological/psycho-social health indicators.