World Healthy Life week. Active transport for better health: Tuesday 2nd November 2021

The webinars is free and hosted on Zoom. Click here to register.

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This webinar is being held as one of a series of online sessions to mark the 2021 World Healthy Life Week which is organised by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust and partners around the world to raise awareness of the cardiovascular and broader benefits of a healthy life for everyone around the world. These are serious issues not just for wealthier countries but also for less developed countries around the world.

The session is intended for senior and junior health professionals as well as interested members of the public from anywhere in the world.

World Healthy Life week: Session 2.
Tuesday 2nd November: 4pm UK time
Active transport for better health

Donald Singer – Chair, Cardiovascular Research Trust

The health benefits of active travel
Adrian Davis, Professor of Transport and Health, Edinburgh Napier University

How to promote active travel
Dr Tom Cohen, Senior Lecturer, Active Travel Academy, University of Westminster

Q & A with panel and audience

Kieran Seale – External Advisory Panel, Cardiovascular Research Trust
Donald Singer – Chair, Cardiovascular Research Trust

Active Transport & Health

From the post war period through to the late 1990s  the links between road transport and health were limited and reductive. However, with the rise of the new public health and increasing recognition of wider determinants of health, transport links to health were increasingly studied from the 2000s. Indeed, a WHO Europe report in 2000, for which Adrian Davis was a co-author, suggested that the decline in active travel as the result of mass motorisation was possibly the largest negative population health impact. Over the past two decade the evidence for both the direct and indirect health benefits of active travel have been documented globally including estimates of reductions in the burden of disease. Increasingly active travel has been described as an importance co-benefit of interventions in the road transport sector to mitigate again climate change – if we can achieve mode shift from private cars for short journeys (most urban journeys in the UK are under 5km). The evidence shows that town and city-wide interventions are most likely to lead to sustained increases in active travel.

The challenge of achieving the necessary changes to the environment and within normative behaviours to enable active travel to flourish now is largely political. With a hugely powerful automotive industry wedded to slow and often unproven technological fixes in opposition to much of the science e.g. from the International Panel on Climate Change and robust academic research that has shown that technology cannot deliver without behaviour change as the major player. In the presentation I will provide a brief overview of this landscape and the challenges including comparing the evidence hierarchy adhered to in public health and medicine and that which applied in public policy making today across much of UK national and local policy making.

Healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust has launched a regular monthly series of live webinars on healthy life and how to prevent heart disease and related illnesses.

Do please email us if you would like to suggest ideas for topics, questions and speakers for these live sessions

Webinars are free and hosted on Zoom

If you wish to make a donation to the Cardiovascular Research Trust you may also do so on our EventBrite page.

Webinars from healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust provide updates for clinicians, patients and carers and the public on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common and serious clinical disorders related to keeping the heart healthy and reducing the risk of other cardiovascular diseases.

The topics are of interest to a wide range of professionals interested in health, including clinical trainees, senior clinicians, policy makers, academics and other health professionals.

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