Population Heath Interventions Programme

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge

Abstract

Physical activity reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and the health of most people in the UK and many other countries would be improved if the population were to become more physically active. However, efforts to bring this about have met with little success to date. One reason may be that the environments we have created for people to live in — our cities, transport systems and workplaces, for example — are not sufficiently conducive to an active lifestyle. Changing the economic, physical and social factors that influence our behaviour is possible, but more scientific evidence about the effects of doing so is needed to guide policy and practice. The aim of this research programme is to investigate the effects of environmental or policy changes on population physical activity patterns. We use a combination of epidemiological and social science research methods to study what happens when people’s circumstances change — for example, when new public transport, cycling or walking routes are provided or when people move into a new neighbourhood. This research is important because it enables us to understand which approaches to changing the environment are more or less beneficial to health, who is likely to benefit most from them and which offer the best value for money. Our findings can therefore make an important contribution to shaping policy to improve the health of the population.

Technical Summary

Rationale: The UK and many other countries have developed policies aimed at creating and fostering an environment that is more conducive to a sustained increase in population physical activity. However, the evidence base to guide policy in this area is limited. Aetiological epidemiology has quantified many of the health benefits of physical activity, behavioural epidemiology has explored its individual, social and environmental correlates and determinants, and some interventions have been found to be effective in increasing physical activity at the individual level, at least in the short to medium term. Nevertheless, major scientific uncertainty surrounds the effects of interventions to change population patterns of physical activity and the mechanisms by which that might be achieved. Aim: To elucidate the potential of population-level approaches to the promotion of active living by evaluating the effects of environmental and policy interventions and understanding related patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change. Approach: Drawing on a broad social-ecological conceptual framework and collaborations within the MRC, the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) and other networks, the programme focuses on investigating approaches to changing physical activity behaviour that involve modifying the physical environment or influencing wider societal determinants of active living in the social or economic environments. The programme addresses two main concurrent research themes: 1. Quantifying the overall and distributional effects of interventions It is important to reduce the uncertainty surrounding the effects of interventions in order to discriminate between promising and ineffective approaches, identify those most likely to benefit the least active or the least healthy, compare the cost-effectiveness of different approaches, and inform the accurate modelling of their ultimate health impacts. This entails the empirical evaluation of environmental and policy ‘natural experiments’, such as the provision of new transport infrastructure, in a variety of settings. 2. Understanding related patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change It is also necessary to understand why interventions are or are not effective, for whom and in what circumstances so they can be appropriately targeted and tailored. Environmental and policy interventions are often somewhat specific to their contexts, which presents a challenge for deriving generalisable causal inference from evaluative studies. Addressing this challenge entails the empirical analysis and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data from natural experimental and other observational datasets collected in a variety of settings. Impact: The programme provides a significant test-bed for and methodological development related to MRC guidance on natural experimental studies. It aims to provide empirical quantitative and qualitative inputs into the economic appraisal and evaluation of environmental and policy interventions, the development of models of physical activity behaviours, and the modelling of the ultimate health impacts of current and future interventions. It also aims to produce empirical research outputs with actionable messages for policymakers, particularly through evidence synthesis and by directly serving the needs of NICE guidance and other translational processes.

Publications

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Le Gouais A (2020) Decision-making for active living infrastructure in new communities: a qualitative study in England. in Journal of public health (Oxford, England)

 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling and Walking (DO)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://allpartycycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/APPGCW.-indd-3.pdf
 
Description Circulated Milbank Quarterly paper "Is Obesity Policy in England Fit for Purpose? ' to policymakers (DT/MW)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/2021/01/19/successive-government-obesity-policies-destined-to-fa...
 
Description Mill Road closure evaluation (RP)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Northstowe Healthy New Towns (JP/KE/EL)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Obesity Health Alliance report - Working Group Member (MW)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://aso.org.uk/news/turning-tide-10-year-healthy-weight-strategy
 
Description Prepared materials for presentation to Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer) (TB)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description School for Public Health Research, Resnet Committee (KE)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Switching to sustainable transport: a rapid evidence assessment (DO/JP)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/switching-to-sustainable-transport-a-rapid-evidence-asses...
 
Description The long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities (DO/JP)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1229/the-longterm-impact-of-the-pandemic-on-towns-and-cities
 
Description Using the planning system to promote healthy weight environments (TB/MK)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/8638...
 
Description Developing and disseminating tools for population health improvement: an online interactive atlas for identifying environmental change
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 12/2023
 
Description Implementation and assessment of mandatory calorie labeling in the out-of-home sector
Amount £843,405 (FKP)
Funding ID NIHR200689 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 01/2024
 
Description Preparing for an evaluation of new UK restrictions on TV food advertising and online food marketing: developing a concept map and collecting baseline data for a process evaluation
Amount £49,898 (GBP)
Funding ID NIHR133570 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 08/2021
 
Description SPHSU/MRC EU - Participatory Systems Mapping
Amount £158,000 (GBP)
Funding ID MC_PC_20039 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 12/2021
 
Description Supporting walking, cycling and social distancing around schools and parks during and after COVID
Amount £3,249 (GBP)
Organisation Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 07/2021
 
Description Transforming Urban Food Systems for Planetary and Population Health (The Mandala Consortium)
Amount £6,148,083 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/V004832/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 03/2026
 
Description MRC Centre for Environment and Health 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developing and disseminating tools for population health improvement: an online interactive atlas for identifying environmental change - further details to be determined
Collaborator Contribution Developing and disseminating tools for population health improvement: an online interactive atlas for identifying environmental change - further details to be determined
Impact Not yet realised.
Start Year 2021
 
Description APPG on national Food Strategy (MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Martin White presented to the APPG on the National Food Strategy via Zoom on 19 January 2021, giving a talk on the topic 'What should the National Food Strategy be proposing to tackle obesity?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://foodfoundation.org.uk/initiatives/appg-national-food-strategy
 
Description ASO - Banning the advertisement of junk food:What does this mean for society, and what happens next? (HF) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Hannah Forde was invited to present at the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)'s East of England Network's webinar held on 28 October 2021, 'Banning the advertisement of junk food:What does this mean for society, and what happens next?'. Dr Forde's presentation was titled "Preparing for new restrictions on TV and food advertising: the potential impacts on the commercial food system, health, and society."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aso.org.uk/event/banning-advertisement-junk-foodwhat-does-mean-society-and-what-happens-next
 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking (DO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DO was invited to give oral evidence to the enquiry. The session was livestreamed on YouTube. His evidence was later cited in the formal report of the inquiry (see Influence on Policy).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://allpartycycling.org/2021/07/29/cwis2-inquiry
 
Description American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (MK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Matt Keeble gave an online oral presentation at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2021. The presentation was titled "Investigating fast-food access through the leading online food delivery service in England and associations with deprivation: a cross-sectional ecological analysis".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description BBC - differences in COVID-19 infection and death rates between communities (OM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Oliver Mytton spoke with BBC Journalist Michael Buchanan about differences in COVID-19 infection and death rates between communities, as background for subsequent report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52662338
 
Description BBC Panorama - Obesity and overweight after Covid (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contacted by BBC Panorama researcher Alice Strafford requesting interview with Unit scientists for planned documentary on overweight and obesity in the UK following the Covid-19 pandemic. They were planning to broadcast the programme in spring 2022. Unit researchers Julia Mueller, Jean Adams and Esther van Sluijs were put in contact with Alice Strafford and offered to speak with her.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - No-car zones (JP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jenna Panter gave a live interview about the launch of a new survey to evaluate the impact of two no-car zones around St Matthews & St Bedes schools in Cambridge with Amir Suleman on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire mid-morning show.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09gkdj3
 
Description BBC Radio Kent Breakfast show - COVID-19 and schools closure (OM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Oliver Mytton gave an interview on BBC Radio Kent Breakfast show on COVID-19 and schools closures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description BBC Worklife article - How outdoor advertising can deepen inequality (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Jean Adams was quoted in article "How outdoor advertising can deepen inequality"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200817-the-inequality-of-outdoor-advertising-exposure
 
Description BMC Series blog - How is food insecurity portrayed in UK newspapers? (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BMC Series blog post 'How is food insecurity portrayed in UK newspapers?' accompanying publication of BMC Public Health paper ''Newspaper coverage of food insecurity in UK, 2016-2019: a multi-method analysis" by Amy Yau et al. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11214-9.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2021/07/09/how-is-food-insecurity-portrayed-in-uk-news...
 
Description BMJ podcast on ultraprocessed food (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact For a Public Health response to ultra-processed food and drink, Dr Jean Adams was interviewed about a recently published BMJ article by Gary Taubes in Podcast for BMJ - Swiss Re Food for Thought 2020 event.
The BMJ article tweeted by more than 380 Twitter accounts https://www.altmetric.com/details/84765097/twitter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.swissre.com/institute/media-detail.html?video=25e173ff-aa6f-4456-91c3-d43ca1459574&page=...
 
Description Bennett Prospect Prize for Public Policy - The Healthy Food Act (OM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Oliver Mytton was a finalist in 2019/2020 The Bennett Prospect Prize for Public Policy for essay ". The Bennett Prospect Prize for Public Policy is awarded by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and is held in partnership with Prospect Magazine. The goal is to encourage early career researchers and policy professionals to explore creative and generative solutions to a pressing public policy question of our age. In 2019/2020 they asked entrants the question 'Which single public health intervention would be most effective in the UK?'
The essay republished on Unit and CEDAR research blogs, and shared on social media channels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/the-healthy-food-act-bennett-prospect-prize/
 
Description Big Tent Foundation - Health effects of Covid (DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dolly Theis participated in an online discussion with Lord David Willetts for the Big Tent Foundation. They discussed the question: "Whilst the health effects of Covid have been harshest for the old, do the long-term economic effects threaten to intensify intergenerational inequalities and be most harsh on the young?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://bigtent.org.uk/event/lord-david-willetts-and-dolly-theis/
 
Description Blog posts - Things I wish I'd known when I started my PhD 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the Population Health Interventions group contributed to a blog post "Things I wish I'd known when I started my PhD" published on the MRC Epidemiology Unit website and FUSE Open Science Blog. Part 1: https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/2021/06/21/things-i-wish-id-known-phd-1/, Part 2: https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/2021/06/21/things-i-wish-id-known-phd-2/. Shared on Unit and CEDAR social media accounts.

Part 1 received 250 unique views, and part 2 received 166 unique views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/2021/06/21/things-i-wish-id-known-phd-1/
 
Description CSaP podcast - Food Insecurity During the Covid-19 Crisis (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jean Adams recorded the Podcast titled "Food Insecurity During the Covid-19 Crisis" as part of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) Science, Policy & Pandemics series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZGbNl3aKxA&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Cambridge Festival - Q&A with secondary school pupils (MK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Matt Keeble answered pre-recorded questions from secondary school pupils and live questions from the audience for Cambridge Festival Cambridge Biomedical Campus event 'A young person's guide to the life sciences' as part of the Cambridge Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChw1f1iiMbEma7iA4PFVb9w
 
Description Cambridge News - Clean Air Zones (JP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Jenna Panter gave a phone interview with Cambridge News about Clean Air Zones/No car zones evaluation in response to query sent to Cambridgeshire County Council and Unit.
Dr Panter was quoted in an article published in Cambridge News online on 14 May and in print edition on 18 May.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/impact-of-council-no-car-zones-to-be-investigated-by-cambridge-uni...
 
Description Cambridge Zero Research Symposium on Transport, Cities & Infrastructure (JP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jenna Panter presented at the Cambridge Zero Research Symposium on Transport, Cities & Infrastructure held on 3 March 2021, with a presentation titled "Can we design transport infrastructure that improves population health and benefits the planet?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.energy.cam.ac.uk/events/cambridge-zero-research-symposium-transport-cities-infrastructur...
 
Description Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Sweetened beverage tax (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jean Adams was invited to be interviewed in a pre-recorded radio interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "On the Go" show in St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, discussing recent announcement by provincial government that they will be introducing a 20-cent-per-litre sweetened beverage tax in April 1 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ChYpPS Public Engagement event (KE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public engagement activities at Cambridge City Council Children and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPS) outdoor lunchtime event at Browns Field community centre in East Chesterton, Cambridge.

CYpPS lunchtime event focused on families in local area, particularly those on low incomes. The event was a joint event with the IMS-MRL, and activities delivered to which Unit members contributed included the Sugar Cub Challenge (cycle to 10kcal), Welcome to the Snackingtons booklet, and the Sweet Enough sugar taste test.

About 20 families attended the event, with about 20 adults and children doing the Sugar Cube Challenge activity, and about 40 Welcome to the Snackingtons leaflets were handed out.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Channel 4 documentary - Obesity Policy (MW/DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discussions with Theo Browne, and subsequently Monica Ghosh, producers with Avalon Television carrying out research for a 2-part documentary series looking at obesity in the UK. The series will be a personal journey of medical journalism for Dr. Michael Mosley, who will investigate the UKs anti-obesity efforts over the past two decades and look to possible solutions for the future. Discussed obesity policies, and the Unit's wide portfolio of research in public health policy and prevention research, including Mandala consortium.

Dolly Theis recorded interview on UK obesity policy with Michael Moseley 01/11/2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report (JA/MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Enquiries from Politico and Times about removal of Professor Martin White and Dr Jean Adams names from author list on Unit evidence submission to Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report. Explained that they were only involved in initial discussion, not in drafting evidence submission, and names were added in error, and subsequently removed.

Politico and Times didn't mention Jean Adams or Martin White in their coverage.

Removal of Jean Adams or Martin White names from Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report was mentioned in Guardian article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/30/uk-race-commission-amends-line-on-slave-trade-after-cr...
 
Description Confidence Interval podcast (DO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr David Ogilvie was interviewed for the MRC Epidemiology Unit's Confidence Interval podcast. The episode was shared on the Unit's Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn channels, and on the CEDAR Twitter account.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/news/podcast
 
Description Conversation - Cycling and walking to work lowers risk of cancer, heart disease and death (RP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Richard Patterson co-authored a piece published in The Conversation titled "Cycling and walking to work lowers risk of cancer, heart disease and death - new research". The article was republished in 5 online news outlets, including Yahoo News, Inverse and MedicalXpress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://theconversation.com/cycling-and-walking-to-work-lowers-risk-of-cancer-heart-disease-and-deat...
 
Description Food Foundation - Broken Plate (JA/TB/KE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Population Health Interventions researchers Dr Jean Adams, Dr Thomas Burgoine, and Dr Kate Ellis contributed to the 2021 Food Foundation 'Broken Plate' Report.

Dr Adams participated in online launch event on 07/07/21.

News blog posts on MRC Epidemiology Unit and CEDAR websites https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/2021/07/07/unit-researchers-contribute-to-latest-food-foundation-broken-plate-report/. and also shared on Unit and CEDAR social media channels.

Dr Ellis was quoted in the Grocer article 'Healthier diets 'three times as expensive', claims Food Foundation report' https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/health/healthier-diets-three-times-as-expensive-claims-food-foundation-report/657732.article.

The food Foundation report was also covered by the Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/action-children-b1879750.html.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://foodfoundation.org.uk/publication/the-broken-plate-2021/
 
Description Food Foundation - What is the state of the food system in 2021? (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jean Adams took part in online panel discussion "What is the state of the food system in 2021?" to mark launch of the 2021 Food Foundation 'Broken Plate' Report.

More than 300 people attended the online event, including many in local government, charities and policy makers (from discussion in chat).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/events/state-of-the-food-system-in-2021
 
Description Food insecurity in the UK - why we need a new normal (JA/MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Unit Blog post "Food insecurity in the UK - why we need a new normal" posted on Unit http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/food-insecurity-need-new-normal/ CEDAR, which was also published by the Bennett Institute and Cambridge Global Food Security. Retweeted author tweets on Unit and CEDAR twitter accounts 27/04/20 - 30/04/20.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/food-insecurity-need-new-normal/
 
Description Global Food Governance Conference (HF/JA/MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Hannah Forde presented at the Global Food Governance Conference 2021 online held on 13 December 2021. Dr Forde's presentation was titled: "Exploring the potential impact of the new UK TV and online food advertising policies: a group concept mapping study, 2021"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://oneill.law.georgetown.edu/events/global-food-governance-conference/
 
Description Global Food Security Coffee Break - Sugar taxes and fizzy drink consumption (MA/HF) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Miriam Alvarado and Dr Hannah Forde joined the panel for the University of Cambridge Global Food Security Coffee break online event to discuss whether sugar taxes are an effective way of reducing fizzy drink consumption, and comparing Barbados and the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.globalfood.cam.ac.uk/repres/coffee-break-seminars
 
Description Global Food Security panel - Healthy Eating: what makes it so hard? (DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online discussion panel "Healthy Eating: what makes it so hard?" University of Cambridge Global Food Security event supported by Cambridge Metabolic Network and Cambridge Cardiovascular Research Centres event, part of #AnnualFoodAgenda sponsored by EIR Food, supported by EIT, a European Union body. Panel featured Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, Dr Giles Yeo, Professor Corinna Hawkes and MRC Epidemiology Unit Population Health Interventions PhD student Dolly Theis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healthy-eating-what-makes-it-so-hard-tickets-156924646843
 
Description Government Obesity Strategy launch - interview (JA/MW/DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Martin White, Jean Adams, and Dolly Theis discussed launch of Government Obesity policy with producers of BBC R4 "The Briefing Room", but were not interviewed in the report itself.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07cblx9
 
Description Healthy Weight Strategy meetings (MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Martin White participated in the Health Weight Strategy meetings, in the Early years experiences and weight trajectory: Expert review paper to inform the Obesity Health Alliance Healthy Weight Strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ISBNPA NESI webinar (EL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Emma Lawlor moderated the first ISBNPA NESI webinar, introduced to present the work of early career researchers. The one hour webinar focused on the topic of 'Lessons on promoting physical activity and healthy behaviours in children and adolescents'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://isbnpa.org/webinar/isbnpa-nesi-webinar-lessons-on-promoting-physical-activity-and-healthy-be...
 
Description Instagram live - 30 years of Government obesity policy (DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dolly Theis, along with MRC Epidemiology Unit colleague Dr Rebecca Richards, hosted an Instagram live on why 30 years of Government obesity policy in England has not resulted in a reduction in obesity prevalence or health inequality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited lecture for PhD students at the University of Copenhagen (DO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr David Ogilvie was invited to give a lecture to PhD students at the University of Copenhagen, with a presentation titled "Using natural experiments to evaluate population health interventions".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Lancet - School closure and management practices during coronavirus outbreaks including COVID-19 (OM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Lancet press release article "School closure and management practices during coronavirus outbreaks including COVID-19: a rapid systematic review".
Reported by the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52180783, Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/06/school-closures-have-little-impact-on-spread-of-coronavirus-study and Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/06/school-closures-do-not-have-significant-effect-spread-ofcoronavirus/, Independent, CNN, Sydney Morning Herald and more than 230 other print and online news outlets.

It was considered at SAGE 30 on 30 April 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/susceptibility-to-sars-cov-2-infection-amongst-children-and-adolescents-compared-with-adults-30-april-2020. Cited by WHO report in May 2020 https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/332052.

Also cited by several Australia & New Zealand Analysis & Policy Observatory reports, and by the Scottish Government.

Altmetric score of 5393 on 15/01/2021 https://www.altmetric.com/details/79228974
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52180783
 
Description Lancet 2021 series on physical activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Lancet Press Release for The Lancet 2021 series on physical activity.

Included paper by Esther van Sluijs et al. "Physical activity behaviours in adolescence: current evidence and opportunities for intervention." https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01259-9.

Also included comment article "Scaling up urban infrastructure for physical activity in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond." by authors including Jenna Panter. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01599-3.

Accompanied by Lancet webinar at which Esther van Sluijs presented and which was attended by 672 attendees from 79 countries.

Research news reports published on CEDAR and Unit blogs, and also shared and re-shared on CEDAR and Unit social media channels.

Esther van Sluijs was interviewed on BBC Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/57921598 and Newstalk (Ireland) https://www.newstalk.com/news/failure-to-act-on-exercise-will-leave-irelands-children-facing-chronic-diseases-earlier-1228924, and quoted in at least 10 national and international news reports, including articles in the Times, Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/half-of-teens-watch-more-than-twohours-of-tv-a-day-study-shows-40678298.html, Metro https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/22/teenage-physical-activity-hasnt-progressed-in-almost-a-decade-14971831/.

Paper by Esther van Sluijs et al was tweeted by more than 160 twitter users https://www.altmetric.com/details/110136588/twitter .

The commentary by Jenna Panter and colleagues was tweeted by 160 twitter users https://www.altmetric.com/details/110161807/twitter. Item in University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine newsletter on 20 August.

Lancet webinar at which Esther van Sluijs presented was attended by 672 attendees from 79 countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thelancet.com/series/physical-activity-2021
 
Description Mandala consortium funding announcement (MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MRC Epidemiology Unit and CEDAR blog posts "New consortium funded to deliver systems research programme to transform urban food system" on announcement of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) funding award to the Mandala consortium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/mandala-food-systems-funding-04-01-21/
 
Description Media interview - The Economist (RP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Richard Patterson gave a telephone interview to The Economist and his work featured in an article titled "Why remote workers should reinvent commuting"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://applied.economist.com/articles/why-remote-workers-should-reinvent-the-commuting-ritual
 
Description Metro - Obesity Policy (DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dolly Theis was quoted in Metro article "As a nation, we have a bad relationship with food. Yes, I mean all of us", after discussing obesity policy with Rose Stokes for the Metro opinion piece.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/09/as-a-nation-we-have-a-bad-relationship-with-food-yes-all-of-us-147413...
 
Description NIHR School for Public Health ResNet Committee Member (MK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Matt Keeble was appointed a Committee Member of the NIHR SPHR Researchers' Network (Resnet). The SPHR Researchers' Network (ResNet) links researchers working on projects across the eight members of the School. It is a forum for communication, peer support and networking to aid the professional development of researchers at any level, through virtual meetings, events and networking at the NIHR SPHR Annual Scientific Meeting. The ResNet committee is made up of nominated representatives from each member of the School. The committee meets every two months to plan and coordinate activity in line with the aims and objectives of the group, which are continuously assessed. The group comes together to collaborate, think innovatively and work together on future endeavours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/training/our-research-network-resnet/
 
Description National Food Strategy lunch (MW/DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The National Food Strategy, an independent review carried out for the Government by Henry Dimbleby, was launched. Martin White was invited to be an 'ambassador' for the report, and is thanked as a contributing expert in the report by its author. The report cited 10 Unit papers and well as a CEDAR infographic and recent NDNS reports.

Martin White interviewed by Eddie Mair on LBC on 15/07/2021 https://twitter.com/LBC/status/1415701778235002891?s=20.

Report author Henry Dimbleby referenced the Milbank Quarterly paper "Is Obesity Policy in England Fit for Purpose? Analysis of Government Strategies and Policies, 1992-2020" in Telegraph opinion piece.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nationalfoodstrategy.org/
 
Description Nature News interview - Problems with evidence (DO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr David Ogilvie was interviewed by Helen Pearson, editor at Nature, for a feature article on 'problems with the use of evidence'. This was cited and quoted in Nature News Feature "How COVID broke the evidence pipeline" https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01246-x published on 12 May 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01246-x
 
Description Northstowe (and wider) public engagement (JP/EL/KE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jenna Panter, Dr Emma Lawlor, and Dr Kate Ellis held an in person event in Northstowe, Cambridgeshire, as well as attending the Cambridge Science Festival, to promote wider engagement with Northstowe.

They applied to the University of Cambridge Public Engagement Starter Award, which was successful, and were awarded £1495 in November 2021 to cover the period January 2022 to December 2022.

External organisations involved include Living Sport, Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Greenbelt
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Northstowe Community Forum (KE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Kate Ellis attended an event organised by South Cambridgeshire District Council and organisations related to Northstowe present updates to the community. These include, but are not limited to home developers, eg, L&Q, South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Department, Stagecoach, Smart Journeys.

Northstowe Community Forums happen once per quarter. Organisations involved in Northstowe (eg, home developers, Smart Journeys, South Cambridgeshire Council, Living Sport) have the opportunity to present updates or display exhibition stands. The event is attended by residents in Northstowe and surrounding villages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.scambs.gov.uk/community-development/northstowe-community-forum/
 
Description Northstowe Wing Wednesday (KE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Organised by South Cambridgeshire District Council, Northstowe Wing Wednesday is a monthly drop in sessions at the local community centre and provides an opportunity to talk to Northstowe residents informally. Dr Kate Ellis has attended 3 of these events prior to the national lockdown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Obesity Health Alliance - Turning the Tide: A 10-year Healthy Weight Strategy (MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Publication of Obesity Health Alliance report "Turning the Tide: A 10-year Healthy Weight Strategy".

Martin White was a member of the working group for the report https://aso.org.uk/sites/default/files/news/2021-09/Turning-the-Tide-Strategy-Report.pdf, and tweeted the report. Unit and CEDAR accounts retweeted MW tweet and tweet by OHA.

Publication of the report was covered by the Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10035177/Junk-food-curbs-turn-tide-obesity-experts-say.html Express https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1497680/call-cut-junk-food-adverts-reverse-obesity-rise, Evening Standard https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1497680/call-cut-junk-food-adverts-reverse-obesity-rise and Politics.co.uk https://www.politics.co.uk/news-in-brief/report-claims-curfews-on-junk-food-sales-can-turn-the-tide-on-uk-obesity/ , and report authors also did interviews with Sky and talk radio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aso.org.uk/news/turning-tide-10-year-healthy-weight-strategy
 
Description Ongoing relationship with local policy makers (KE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgshire District Council; Smart Journeys; Living Sport

We maintained an ongoing relationship with the local organisations listed above. The relationship was established to deliver the research studies funded by the Environmental Approaches to promote active travel grant by NIHR SPHR Programme grant. This relationship has been maintained over the past year to continue to deliver this programme of work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Policy Evaluation Network - Early Career Network Webinar (EL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Emma Lawlor presented at the Policy Evaluation Network's Early Career Network Webinar Series 2022 on 08 February 2022. Her presentation was titled "Stakeholders experiences of developing and implementing policies and environmental interventions to promote active travel".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at ISBNPA XChange 2021 (EL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Emma Lawlor presented as part of Special Interest Group: H. Policies and environments (SIG) at the ISBNPA XChange Initiative in 2021 with a presentation titled "What works in developing guidance for, designing, commissioning and implementing environmental interventions to promote active travel? A systematic review and qualitative synthesis".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Press releases - Potential health impact of restricting less-healthy food and beverage advertising on UK television (JA/OM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact PLOS Medicine press release, and Unit Press release to UK national, regional and specialist outlets for paper 'The potential health impact of restricting less-healthy food and beverage advertising on UK television between 05.30 and 21.00 hours: A modelling study'. Reported in the Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8835011/Junk-food-ad-ban-stop-160-000-children-overweight-obese-study-claims.html, Sun https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12923415/ban-junk-food-adverts-9pm-watershed-slash-obese-children/ and about 20 online news outlets.

OM pitched comment article to the Telegraph. Oliver Mytton comment article in Telegraph on 26/10/2020 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/time-take-unhealthy-options-spotlight-need-tough-restrictions/.

Links to Unit news article (press release) shared on Unit and CEDAR Twitter, Faceboook and LinkedIn accounts.

Oliver Mytton interviewed by Naked Scientists for broadcast later.

Included in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine newsletter on 23/10/20
Tweeted by 49 twitter users. Altmetric score of 210 on 15/01/2021 https://www.altmetric.com/details/92317086/news
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/restricting-unhealthy-advertising/
 
Description Public Engagement event - North Cambridge Community Partnership (RP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Engagement ativities at North Cambridge Community Partnership summer event at Nun's Way Recreation Ground, Cambridge. Event focused on families in local area, which has a higher deprevation index than most of Cambridge. The event was a joint event with the IMS-MRL, and activities delivered to which Unit members contributed included the Sugar Cub Challenge (cycle to 10kcal), Welcome to the Snackingtons booklet, and the Sweet Enough sugar taste test.

About 75 families (200 people) attended the event. About 50 adults and children did the Sugar Cube Challenge (some children were too young), and about 80 Welcome to the Snackingtons leaflets were handed out.

About 50 recruitment leaflets for the APAD-C study were handed out to members of the public attending the event, and another 50 to NCCP and North Cambridge Academy staff who were present for further distribution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nccp.org.uk/events/?event_id1=2188
 
Description Public Health England Healthy Places Spatial Planning and Obesity Virtual Symposium (TB/MK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Thomas Burgoine and Matt Keeble presented at the Public Health England Healthy Places Spatial Planning and Obesity Virtual Symposium held on 10 May 2021. They discussed the topic of planning policy, exclusion zones, online deliveries and takeaways under the 'Influencing planning policy and systems' part of the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-symposium-on-planning-and-obesity-tickets-142083259855
 
Description Public Health Research and Science Conference (MK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Matt Keeble presented at the Public Health Research and Science Conference 2021. The presentation was titled "Socioeconomic inequalities in food outlet access through an online food delivery service across England: a cross-sectional analysis"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description SPHR annual meeting 2021 (JP/EL/KE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jenna Panter, Dr Emma Lawlor, and Dr Kate Ellis presented at the NIHR School of Public Health Research (SPHR) annual meeting 2021 on 13 May 2021. Their session was part of the 'Places and communities' section and the presentation titled "Individual and environmental approaches to promote alternatives to the car"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/news-and-events/nihr-school-for-public-health-research-annual-scientific-mee...
 
Description Society for Social Medicine and Population Health Annual Scientific Meeting (RP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Richard Patterson presented a poster at the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health Annual Scientific Meeting ECR event held online on 8 September 2020. The presentation was well received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Sunday Times Magazine - Britain's obesity crisis: how did we get so big? (DT) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dolly Theis was quoted in Sunday Times Magazine article "Britain's obesity crisis: how did we get so big?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britains-obesity-crisis-how-did-we-get-so-big-fcdcchc5z
 
Description TAPAS lunchtime seminar - no car zones (JP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Jenna Panter presented at an online lunchtime seminar "Challenges, opportunities and learnings from a feasibility study of school streets and no car zones around schools in Cambridgeshire " together with Annie Hindley (Cambridge City Council) for TAPAS (Tackling Air Pollution AT School) on 18 November 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://tapasnetwork.co.uk/lunchtime-seminars
 
Description Telegraph - Time to take unhealthy options out of the spotlight - we need tough restrictions on junk food ads (OM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Oliver Mytton published in The Telegraph opinion article "Time to take unhealthy options out of the spotlight - we need tough restrictions on junk food ads".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/time-take-unhealthy-options-spotlight-...
 
Description The Association for the Study of Obesity Webinar: Obesity and the Environment- where are we now? (MK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Matt Keeble was invited to present at the The Association for the Study of Obesity Webinar: Obesity and the Environment- where are we now? held on 29 July 2021. The presentation was titled "Investigating online access to takeaway food".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aso.org.uk/event/aso-webinar-obesity-and-environment-where-are-we-now
 
Description UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (MK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Matt Keeble presented at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 held online. The presentation was titled "What makes people click? Investigating experiences of online food delivery service use amongst UK adults through qualitative interviews"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.delegate-reg.co.uk/uksbm2021/
 
Description Unit News blog - Green Impact Platinum Award for 2020-21 (RP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Richard Patterson is part of the MRC Epidemiology Unit's Green Impact Group. The group received the University of Cambridge Green Impact Platinum Award for 2020-2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/2021/06/10/green-impact-platinum-award-2020-21/
 
Description University of Cambridge - Beyond the pandemic - what should we do? (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jean Adams authored a University of Cambridge blog post "Beyond the pandemic - what should we do? Rethink the menu and how much it costs".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/BeyondThePandemic_rethinkthemenu
 
Description University of Cambridge Press Release - Sugar purchased in soft drinks fell 10% following introduction of industry levy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact University of Cambridge Press release 'Sugar purchased in soft drinks fell 10% following introduction of industry levy' for BMJ paper . Changes in British household purchases of soft drinks associated with implementation of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy: a controlled interrupted time series analysis https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n254. Research news post published on Unit and CEDAR news blogs, and shared on University of Cambridge, Unit and CEDAR twitter accounts, and by author Jean Adams.

Jean Adams was interviewed by BBC Breakfast News on 11 March, and on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Breakfast Show on 12 March https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p097pfcc (starts 2:24:10), ITV Anglia, and Wireless Group (incl. Talk Radio, Virgin Radio UK), and spoke with the Telegraph.

Reported in more than 300 print and online news articles, including the Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sugar-tax-soft-drinks-treasury-b1815164.html, Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/11/sugar-tax-saw-consumption-soft-drinks-drop-10pc-cambridge-study/, Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sugar-tax-cuts-britain-intake-health-77mg8lfxt, Sky News, Daily Mail and The Grocer.

Tweeted by more than 500 twitter accounts https://www.altmetric.com/details/101653850/twitter. Included in University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Newsletter on 19/03/2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description University of Oxford - 1 million extra deaths in 2020 (MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact University of Oxford press release "Study finds almost 1 million extra deaths in 29 high income countries in 2020 during Covid-19 pandemic" for BMJ paper "Excess deaths associated with covid-19 pandemic in 2020: age and sex disaggregated time series analysis in 29 high income countries" by Nazrul Islam et al. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1137.

Edited version of press release posted on Unit news blog, and links to the news post and paper were shared on Unit and CEDAR social media channels. Re-tweeted tweet thread by first author Nazrul Islam. Submitted article to University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/blog/2021/05/20/million-extra-deaths-29-countries/
 
Description University of Oxford press release - 28 million extra years of life lost in 31 countries in 2020 (MW) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact University of Oxford press release "Study finds more than 28 million extra years of life lost in 31 countries in 2020" for paper Nazrul Islam et al. " Effects of covid-19 pandemic on life expectancy and premature mortality in 2020: time series analysis in 37 countries." The BMJ. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2021-066768.

The paper was covered in the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/03/covid-has-caused-28m-years-of-life-to-be-lost-study-finds , the National https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2021/11/02/extent-of-covid-pandemic-felt-in-premature-deaths/, and on IFLScience https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/covid19-has-claimed-at-least-28-million-years-of-life-so-far/, and more than 75 other online news outlets. Tweeted by more than 850 twitter acounts Altmetric https://www.altmetric.com/details/116204992
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ndph.ox.ac.uk/news/study-finds-more-than-28-million-extra-years-of-life-lost-in-31-count...
 
Description i newspaper - multi-buy offers in supermarkets and health (JA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Jean Adams was interviewed by a journalist for the I newspaper on multi-buy offers in supermarkets and health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/wellbeing/buy-one-get-one-free-deals-in-supermarkets-tackle-obes...