Can We Change the Behaviour With What We Already Know?

Some catchy wee phrases

Neville Owen suggested we need to:

Reduce Automobile Time, Reduce Screen Time, Reduce Chair Time.


Stand Up, Sit Less, Move More, Move Often

John Buckley reminds us that by just standing we double our energy expenditure, and by standing we stimulate biological and autonomic mechanisms within the body.

Interventions Presented at the WCAA

Paul Gardiner and Benedicte Deforche presented interventions to reduce SB in older adults.   Both Paul and Benedicte showed the importance of motivation, goal setting, planning and feedback for successful outcomes. Paul showed a 3.2% reduction in SB in older adults by about 30 mins with simple advice, than can be easily implemented in day to day life.  He used a workbook, action plan and personal feedback profile in his study.  He felt the patient’s engaged well and they reported a high level of satisfaction with the intervention.

Benedicte was interested the diabetic population and used face-to-face and telephone behavioural change methods.  The findings were mixed.   There were behavioural changes, such as reduction in sedentary time by accelerometer and self-report, along with an increase in physical activity.  However, this change was not echoed in the biological markers of HbA1c.  This could be as the study was only over a relativity short period, further work required.   This underlines the fact that we need to ensure the behavioural change will actually influence the body’s mechanism.

With thanks to Neville Owen, Sebastien Chastin, Charles Matthews, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Margaret Grant, Benedicte Deforche, Paul Gardiner, John Buckley, Yu Ling Chen, Shilpa Dogra, Iuliana Hartescu, Sally Barber, Sandra Agyapong-Badu, Susan Pivavet, Ceilia Edwen, Sandra Van Oostrom, Ruth Melo, Carla Nascimento, Karen Francis, Jitka Jancova, Jaime Cuenca who made this wee blether possible!