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Special Issue "Physical Activity Epidemiology: Methods, Associations, and Applications"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 174

Special Issue Editor

Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
Interests: physical activity epidemiology; NCD prevention; physical activity interventions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been ongoing for over 30 months across the globe, having devastating effects, with over 5 million confirmed dead and many more still unaccounted for. This pandemic has illustrated the concept of a syndemic, where the social determinants of health, prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 and its variants have acted synergistically to bring about excess cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.  A leading risk factor for hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 has been physical inactivity, mediated through its associations with many of the underlying NCDs associated with severe and critical cases of COVID-19, as well as energy balance and obesity. This proposed Special Issue for the IJERPH seeks to update the field of physical activity epidemiology by providing a sampling of systematic reviews, original research, and commentary across the epidemiologic spectrum of measurement, surveillance, health outcomes research, determinants research, populations affected, public health practice, and community programming and evaluation.  Manuscripts addressing physical activity and health disparities among disadvantaged populations are especially welcome.  Examples of populations to include should be diverse including gender, age, race/ethnicity, low income, as well as people with disabilities. Finally, the Special Issue seeks to have strong representation across regions of the world representing low, low-middle-, middle-, and higher-income countries. We look forward to receiving your respective manuscript proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and/or suggested manuscript topics.

Prof. Dr. Gregory W. Heath
Guest Editor

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  • epidemiology
  • prevalence
  • incidence
  • relative risk
  • odds ratio
  • attributable risk
  • measurement
  • accelerometry
  • surveillance
  • injury
  • non-communicable disease (NCD)
  • infectious/communicable disease
  • public health planning and evaluation
  • health outcomes
  • health disparities
  • cost-benefit
  • cost-effective
  • disability
  • function
  • prevention
  • rehabilitation
  • cohort
  • longitudinal
  • prospective
  • case-control
  • causation
  • cross-sectional
  • observational
  • rate
  • proportion

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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