School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Lifestyle for health and well-being

The Lifestyle for Health and Wellbeing theme encompasses research across several disciplines with the common goal of facilitating healthy living and ageing across the lifespan. Our aim is to provide evidence-based knowledge to improve human health and well-being throughout an individual’s whole life by considering the social, behavioural, nutritional and biological determinants and consequences of human lifestyles.

Theme summary

Theme members conduct world-leading research with the common aim of providing evidence-based knowledge that facilitates improved physical and mental health and wellbeing, lowers the risk of communicable and non-communicable disease, and aids the effective management of pre-existing conditions.

Our work spans from global population research to molecular biology. As such we cover a wide range of expertise including: epidemiology, psychology, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, human and molecular biology, rehabilitation science and social sciences.

Research within the theme spans the following areas


Hearing loss, noncommunicable diseases and physical activity

Maria Goodwin, Professor Eef Hogervorst and Dr David Maidment
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University

Presented at the Fifth International Meeting on Internet & Audiology

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The impact of sedentary behaviour on how we psychologically respond to short-term psychological stress

NIHR, Leicester Biomedical Research Centre
Aiden Chauntry, Dr Nicolette Bishop, Mark Hamer, Nicola Paine

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Principal Investigator Essentials Training - WORKSHOP

East Midlands Clinical Research Network


Health and physical activity profile of transport workers in Denmark’ from Dphacto and one other study sample

Dr Mette Korshøj Larsen, National Research Center for the Work Environment (Denmark)


Tabata training-One of the most energetically effective high-intensity intermittent training methods

Professor Izumi Tabata, Ritsumeikan University


Exercise after cancer: Evidence-based strategies to help more survivors move more (and sit less)

Professor Catherine Sabiston, University of Toronto


Developing and evaluating physical activity interventions to improve mental health & well-being

Professor Adrian Taylor, University of Plymouth


Importance of physician referral to optimize adherence to physical activity in adults with MS

Dr Audrey Hicks, McMaster University


Research Seminar: Truck-Fit: A scalable high-intensity interval training program to improve heart health, sleep quality and fatigue in high-risk truck drivers

Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson, University of Queensland


Presentation: Infographics boost research impact and dissemination


The global physical activity movement – where have we come from and where are we going

Dr Karen Milton


Culture and Mental Health in the UK High-Performance System

Dr James Bell, Head of Mental Health at EIS, Head of Culture Development at UK Sport


Presentation by Jacqueline Donachie


Motor competence and the isotemporal substitution of physical activity, sedentary time and sleep among early years children

Dr Clark Cain


NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands; ‘Who we are and how we can help you develop funding bids’


Stress and cardiovascular reactivity: consequences of extreme stress reactions

Professor Anne Whittaker, University of Birmingham


New Dimensions in Biological Psychiatry Research - Opportunities for Intervention vs. Optimization

Dr Erik Wong


Beyond audibility - The role of supra-threshold auditory and cognitive processing in speech perception across the adult lifespan

Christian Fullgrabe, Loughborough University


Perceptual-cognitive skills and expertise in sport

Professor Mark Williams


Community-based interventions to improve the nutrition of infants and young children


Increasing the implementation of physical activity policies and programs in Australian primary and secondary schools: learnings from Hunter New England Population Health Research Group

Dr Nathan

Dr Sutherland


Seminar on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health

Professor Wendy Brown


Pump Up Your Blood Vessels and Heart: Myths and Realities of Resistance Training and Cardiovascular Function

Professor Maureen MacDonald, McMaster University


Methods in life-course health and wellbeing research


Medical Research Council workshop


Stress and chronic disease: how important is the magnitude of our acute stress response?

Dr Anne Tuner, Deakin University


Research seminar

Professor Martin Hagger, Curtin University


Exercise guideline development for adults with a spinal cord injury

Dr Jan van der Scheer, Loughborough University


NIHR Grant Writing Workshop


Resilience-building for children who experience trauma: the importance of sports

Professor Panos Vostanis, University of Leicester


Sleep, Sport and Psychology

Dr Kenneth Lichstein, University of Alabama