Public seminar - Physical Activity and Nutrition

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 12:30 pm — Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 02:00 pm

Location Advanced Technology Centre Lecture Theatre (ATC210)
Contact Wayne Durand (
RSVP Monday, 28 July 2014

The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition is pleased to welcome our newest researcher, Dr Mitch Duncan.  Please join us to welcome Dr Duncan at this public seminar titled:

Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours: health impacts, determinants and ways to improve

Dr Mitch Duncan 

In this talk Dr Duncan will provide an overview of his research focussed on understanding the joint impact of activity and sleep behaviours on health, their determinants, and ways that technology based interventions can improve these behaviours to reduce disease risk. Dr Duncan will discuss his recent research seeking to understand how the shape and configuration of offices can influence activity behaviours. Finally he will summarise how technology based interventions, websites, smartphone apps, personally tailored videos, and 'gadgets', can be used to help people improve their activity and sleep behaviours.

WHEN: Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 12:30pm-1:30pm

WHERE: Advanced Technology Centre Lecture Theatre (ATC210), The University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus

COST: Free (a light lunch will be provided after the lecture from 1:30pm - RSVP essential)

Dr Mitch Duncan is a National Heart Foundation Research Fellow at the School of Medicine and Public Health and the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. His research is focussed on increasing the amount of physical activity people do each day and improving their sleep quality. His research interests include how activity and sleep behaviours jointly impact health, improving our understanding of factors that make it difficult to engage in healthy activity and sleep behaviours and using technology based interventions to improve health. He currently leads the 10,000 Steps project a physical activity promotion project that has over 266,000 members.

Researcher profile:

Follow Dr Duncan on Twitter: @mitchjduncan