Special Issue "Physical Activity and Public Health"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rachel Davey
Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Bruce, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
Website: http://www.canberra.edu.au/centres/ceraph/staff-and-postgraduate-students/staff-list/davey-rachel
E-Mail: Rachel.Davey@canberra.edu.au

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases and premature mortality from all causes. Those with low levels of physical activity have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers and obesity. Physical inactivity has been identified by the World Health Organization as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally) and is estimated to be the main cause for approximately 21–25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and approximately 30% of ischemic heart disease burden.

Our modern day “obesogenic” environments encourage poor lifestyle behaviors that include over consumption of high energy-dense foods and sedentary behaviors. Lifestyle behaviors are influenced by a myriad of individual, social, economic, regulatory, mass media, and other environmental factors (e.g., built, natural and social environment). Whilst individual-based approaches can be effective for some, they do not work for all, and are often not sustained longer-term. Creating healthy environments (neighborhoods, cities) has potential to support healthier behaviors and lifestyles that have a more sustainable population impact. At the population level, even modest shifts in risk behaviors and risk factors substantially alter health outcomes and disease risk.

This Special Issue is open to any subject area of public health, health promotion, economics and policy related to physical activity. The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities.

Prof. Dr. Rachel Davey
Guest Editor


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • physical activity
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • public health
  • health promotion
  • physical activity interventions
  • built environment
  • impact of physical inactivity (health, economic)
  • non-communicable disease
  • obesity
  • urban planning

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

Last update: 10 July 2014

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