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13:00 - 14:00 12 April 2011

New technologies to assess physical activity behaviour: Do they add clarity or confusion?


Basement Lecture Theatre | (link Map)
1-19 Torrington Place | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Charlie Foster, British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research, University of Oxford, Since 2005 Dr Foster has also been the Director of the Centre for Public Health Evidence for Physical Activity for NICE, with Loughborough University. He has led a collaboration of leading UK academics producing reviews of epidemiology, determinants, interventions and health economics on a wide range of approaches to promote physical activity for children and adults. He is the lead reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration review 'Interventions to promote physical activity for adults'. He has started a new programme of work using new technologies to measure and understand health behaviours, funded by Microsoft.

New technologies to assess physical activity behaviour are developing rapidly and their use can add to our measurement and understanding of physical activity. However, just because we have these instruments, should we use them? Do they add clarity or complexity to our evidence base?

Dr Charlie Foster joined the British Heart Foundation Research Group in October 1998 after working in health promotion for five years. He has extensive experience of lecturing, teaching and training principles and methods of evaluation, health behaviour change and health promotion. He is developing a programme of research on the relationship between the environment and physical activity, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the BHF. This work involves the development of measures of the environment, assessing perceptions and audit instruments of the built environment and green space. He has recently published a series of UK studies looking at the associations between the environment and physical activity.


Dr Manos Stamatakis
+44 (0)207 679 1721 | e.stamatakis@ucl.ac.uk