The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

The Centre aims to examine these interrelationships across the lifespan, by targeting "at risk" populations, multiple levels (individual, social, organisational, population) and within various settings (schools, clinics, workplaces, communities).

The Centre offers unique interdisciplinary expertise and leadership by galvanising education and public health researchers, biochemists, exercise physiologists, food scientists, Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs), nutritionists and behavioral scientists to combat the obesity epidemic and related chronic disease burden to improve the quality of life of Australians.

Research and training activities cover the spectrum of theory development and measurement, intervention building and testing, and knowledge transfer. The primary aim of the Centre is to achieve high quality research, training, and knowledge translation in the development and testing of efficacious/effective, theory-driven, multi-level, population-based physical activity and nutrition-related interventions and natural experiments that can ultimately be used and sustained in practice.

The Centre has 6 Research programs to address the stated objectives and consist of the following six inter-related themes:

Research themes

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