EW Barker Professorship 2012: Public Lectures by Professor Stuart Biddle

EW Barker Professorship 2012: Public Lectures by Professor Stuart Biddle

Date & Time

13 January 2012, 00:00 - 27 January 2012, 00:00


NIE, ITE College East, Singapore Sports School



Events Details

Professor Biddle, award recipient of The British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Sport & Exercise Psychology Award in 2010, is Professor of Physical Activity & Health at Loughborough University. A leader of the Behavioural Medicine research cluster, and Programme Leader for the MSc in Physical Activity & Public Health, his research adopts a behavioural medicine approach in studying the prevalence, correlates, and change of physical activity and sedentary behaviours.

As Past-President of the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity (FEPSAC) and the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), Professor Brittle has also assisted various organisations with projects on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, including the International Olympic Committee.

Biography of Professor Stuart Biddle

Public Lecture 1: "Are you Sitting Comfortably? Guidelines for Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour for Pre-School and School-aged Children – Implications for Education"

Date & Time: Friday, 13 January 2012 at 7.00pm (Tea Reception will be served at 6.30pm)
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616  

The physical activity of young people is a hot topic in the light of media interest in juvenile obesity. Research is rapidly developing in this field and we now know a great deal more about how active children are, what influences their level of physical activity, and ways to increase participation. Education has an important role to fulfil, both formally through schooling and informally through adult behaviour, encouragement and messaging. This presentation will also highlight recent developments in the drawing up of guidelines for promoting physical activity not only in school-aged children but also for those of pre-school age – a previously neglected area. Moreover, there is developing evidence for the negative health effects of too much sitting (sedentary behaviour). This, too, needs addressing and is the 'new kid on the block'.

Please RSVP with Ms Yow Chea Nuan at cheanuan.yow@nie.edu.sg  

Public Lecture 2: "Move More, Sit Less: How Can We Promote More Physical Activity and Less Sedentary Behaviour Across the Population"

Date & Time: Tuesday, 17 January 2012 at 7.30pm (Tea Reception will be served at 7.00pm)
Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, ITE College East, 10 Simei Avenue, Singapore 486047  

Physical activity is a very important topic in public health. Physical activity can come in the form of sport, active recreation, active commuting, play, and active leisure. In addition, evidence is building rapidly on the negative health effects of too much sitting (sedentary behaviour). To effectively promote more physical activity and less sedentary behaviour, we need to adopt multiple strategies that target populations as well as individuals. These comprise messages via mass media, community and environmental interventions, and projects in schools and workplaces. This presentation will address what we know about effective interventions and what we can learn from the current evidence base.

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Presentation: "I Feel and Think Better: The Role of Physical Activity in Young People's Mental Health"

Date & Time: Friday, 27 January 2012 at 10.00am
Venue: AVA Theatre, Singapore Sports School, 1 Champions Way, Singapore 737913 

Physical activity has multiple health benefits for people of all ages. An important public health issue is positive youth development – the development of positive behaviours, attitudes and mental health in children and adolescents. While it is often thought that sport and other physical activities are 'good for you', such statements can be over-simplified. This presentation will address two fundamental questions: 1) Does sport enhance positive youth development? 2) Does involvement in physical activity lead to better mental health when defined as less anxiety and depression, better self-esteem and enhanced cognitive functioning?

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