Feb 2018: Workshop on Behaviour Change to Address Sedentarism

Tuesday 20th February 2018 from 10am-4pm

Facilitators: Profs Ann Blandford & Anna Cox

The workshop will include talks and working group activities focusing on the role of behaviour change and other theories that support reasoning about the social and community contexts within which behaviour takes place. The focus is on reducing sedentarism across communities (e.g., schools, work places, care homes) where it is possible to introduce digitally enabled interventions to shape individual and group practices.

Participants will learn about various theoretical and empirical approaches to behaviour change as applied to the challenge of reducing sedentarism within communities.


Professor Shailey Minocha, Open University, Centre for Research in Computing: "Role of activity monitors in adopting an active and healthy lifestyle".
Download Shailey Minocha's presentation here

Dr Stanley Blue, Lancaster University: "Theories of practice and public health: from the obesogenic environment to healthy everyday life".
Download Stanley Blue's presentation here

Dr Jacqueline Mair, Napier University, Sports, Exercise and Health Science Research Group: "Using technology to reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace".
Download Jacqueline Mair's presentation here

Dr Max Western, Southampton University: "Developing online resources to support reduction of sedentary behaviour in older people in the community".
Download Max Western's presentation here

Speakers' biographies here
Abstracts of presentations here

Workshop content
Working groups (5-6 people per group) will work in parallel on particular communities (schools, workplaces, post-retirement communities, and some that are not community-specific); sessions through the day will focus on different stages of change:

  • Pre-contemplation / contemplation / preparation: what makes people consider changing lifestyle?
  • Action: theories and techniques to help people transition in to action
  • Maintenance: theories and techniques to support maintenance of behaviour (habits, engagement…)
    The working groups will address the following questions: what theories and techniques have been shown to be effective, or show promise? What are future possibilities at 3 years, 10 years, 25 years?

Workshop outputs
The proposed output is a report and roadmap that summarises current knowledge, research challenges and future opportunities for reducing sedentary behaviour across communities and populations.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop will be of particular interest to researchers and practitioners interested in: 

  • Behaviour change applied to tackling the challenge of sedentarism
  • Increasing physical activity in children, adults in the workplace, and older adults
  • Applications of eHealth & mHealth to get people moving more

Early-career as well as established researchers and practitioners are encouraged to attend.

Benefits of attending

  • Expand and deepen your knowledge of the latest theoretical and empirical approaches to behaviour change interventions and related approaches to address sedentarism
  • An opportunity to shape the GetAMoveOn research agenda & find out about future funding opportunities
  • Make new contacts with a view to collaborating on future proposals for funding from the GAMO Network+ 
  • Open mic session to tell people about your own research, publicise an event, or announce a publication, call, or anything else of interest to workshop delegates

Book workshop tickets here

This workshop is a pre-conference event for the 4th Annual Conference, Behaviour Change for Health: Digital & Beyond. The conference will take place on 21st and 22nd February 2018, in association with e-coaching for Health and Wellbeing and UCL’s Institute for Digital Health. There is no need to register for the conference in order to sign-up for the workshop as it is a stand-alone event.

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