Diet and physical activity


Focus: To explore the effect of life stage transitions on diet and physical activity

Aims: To develop and/or evaluate cost-effective interventions for groups at risk of obesity at key life stages, including pregnancy, breast feeding, weaning, school attendance and retirement.

To work with partner organisations to enhance and facilitate, robust evaluation of public health interventions in diet and physical activity behaviours and obesity and so contribute to the knowledge and evidence base.

Key research themes:

  • Identifying gaps in the evidence to inform our strategy for future research and translate evidence on how to tackle the obesity into policy and practice.

  • Using existing cohorts held by Fuse members to investigate the effect of life transitions on diet, physical activity and obesity. These cohorts include the Gateshead Millennium Study (web), the Northumberland schools study, the Newcastle 1000 families study (a 1947 birth cohort) and the Newcastle 85+ study.

  • Developing new interventions to improved food choice, increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour to improve well-being and contribute to the management and prevention of obesity.


Physical Activity Group

Fuse has created a Physical Activity group to increase research collaboration between the five North East Universities that make up Fuse (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland & Teesside) and those who have an involvement in Public Health in the region and an interest in physical activity research. Follow this link to join the group.