The benefits of a physically active lifestyle are well established and reflected in public health guidelines and policy. In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that sedentary behaviour may play in health and wellbeing.
Informed by this emerging body of evidence, public health guidelines now recommend that people of all ages should avoid prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour and break up periods of sitting.
This section provides information about what sedentary behaviour is, current levels of sedentary behaviour, factors that influence it and interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour.
Sedentary behaviour factsheets
These fact sheets provide practitioners with an overview of the evidence on sedentary behaviours. These provide the facts and figures on this relatively new area of research in easy to use sections.
There are three fact sheets in the series covering the following:
- What is sedentary behaviour?
- definition of sedentary behaviour with examples
- health outcomes of sedentary behaviour in adults and children
- developing negative habits of sedentary behaviour over time.
Current levels of sedentary behaviour
- current levels among children and young people across the four home countries
- adult levels of sedentary behaviour in the UK.
Factors influencing sedentary behaviours
- biological factors
- social/cultural influences
- implications for practice.
Sedentary Behaviour Evidence briefing
This evidence briefing provides an overview of the evidence relating to sedentary behaviour and public health.
It defines sedentary behaviour and summarises the risks and current levels as well as the implications for policy and practice. It also reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour.
Source: British Heart Foundation Centre for Physical Activity and Health.
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