Physical activity: the latest on its contribution to energy balance and health

Thursday October 13th 2011

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, as well as the foods and drinks we consume. This conference aimed to bring nutrition and physical activity together and provide a fascinating update on the latest evidence on how physical activity affects health and risk of disease, as well as looking at the practical aspects of recommendations on physical activity and how these can be implemented. The final programme is shown below:


Final Programme

76 Portland Place, London


Chair: Fred Turok, Chair of Fitness Industry Association

9.00 Registration and coffee

10:00 All audience to be seated

10:10 Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne to give keynote address

10.20 Chair’s address

10.30 Physical activity and energy balance. Dr David Stensel, University of Loughborough

11:05 Physical activity and prevention and treatment of diabetes. Dr Ashley Cooper, University of Bristol

11:40 Physical activity and cancer. Prof John Saxton, University of East Anglia

12:15 LUNCH

13:15 Physical activity, cognitive function and decline. Prof Ken Fox, University of Bristol

13:50 UK guidelines for physical activity – principles and subtleties. Kay Thomson, Department of Health

14:25 COFFEE

14:55 Why are some adults active and others not? Dr Melvyn Hillsdon, University of Exeter

15:30 Case studies of interventions on diet and physical activity – best practice for increasing physical activity in the context of a healthy lifestyle. Prof Janice Thompson, University of Bristol

16:05 Closing remarks

 Financial support for this event was received from the Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland to enable the cost to delegates to be subsidised.

The presentations from the conference can be found below.