Veronica Varela Mato is a Research Associate in Health and Wellbeing who has extensive experience in working with the private sector to develop health schemes to support the health of those employees most at need. She completed her PhD in cardiovascular health, sedentary behaviours and physical activity in transport workers at Loughborough University in 2016. Following her PhD, she completed a post-doctoral position in Exercise Metabolism with Professor David Stensel. In 2017, she started her position as a research associate and project manager on the NIHR funded Structured Health Intervention for Truckers (SHIFT) Study within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Currently, she is a research associate for the Stay at Home Until you Feel Better project, working closely with Dr Fehmidah Munir (PI) to develop a return to work toolkit to support those on sick leave and who may be experiencing poor mental health.
Dr Varela Mato is committed to developing healthier working environments for employees at risk of chronic conditions and poor mental health. Her research focuses on the promotion of health and wellbeing and management of chronic conditions in disadvantaged workplace settings. She has expertise in intervention development, prevention and management of ill-health through lifestyle changes in at risk occupational groups. Her work aims to create tailored and sustainable health schemes and resources to improve employees’ health and wellbeing and quality of working life. Dr Varela Mato works closely with businesses and employees and has extensive experience in the area of translational research and promotion of health.
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, BMJ, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Applied Ergonomics, European Journal of Sport Science.
Abstract reviewer for International Society for Physical Activity and Health
International Society for Physical Activity and Health – (ISPAH) member of the communications committee
Elena+ research team: https://elena.plus/