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As lifestyles change how do we stay active and stay healthy. What interventions can change behaviour, improve the environment and offer access to activities which can promote our wellbeing?
Dr Ruth Lowry and Dr Paul Freeman from the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences talk about supporting individuals and communities to live healthier more active lives from crafts and nature to drumming and gardening.
In their blog Dr Freeman and Dr Lowry discuss how their research seeks to develop understanding into the myriad of benefits derived from an active lifestyle, but also to address the individual, social, organisational and environmental factors facilitate activity for all. Read it now
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This is the first podcast from the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement and was originally developed with CommsConsult. The latest series is being produced by Ali Walker from the University's Media Centre team.
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School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex
Paul is programme lead on BSc Sports and Exercise Science and co-programme lead on MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Paul’s research interests focus on cognitive and social factors (including cognitive appraisals, social support, and motivation) underpinning performance under pressure and physical activity behaviour. He possesses excellent methodological and statistical skills, and has conducted laboratory-based experiments, survey designs, single-subject multiple baseline designs, qualitative research (focus groups and interviews), and systematic literature reviews.
Paul has received research funding from a range of organisations, including the International Olympic Committee, Active Essex, Essex County Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. He is currently co-lead of the evaluation team working on the Essex Local Delivery Pilot funded by Sport England. He has also designed and delivered a range of workshops on topics such as Behaviour Change Models and Psychological Skills Training.