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Physical activity and nutrition research

Food, nutrition, physical activity, and body composition (overweight and obesity) have been identified as playing a central part in the prevention of cancer.

While this is a very broad field, the Social and Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) work to date has focused on three of the priority recommendations in this field:

  • To support physical activity
  • Limit foods and drinks that promote weight gain
  • Eat mostly foods of plant origin

Physical activity and healthy nutrition are complex behaviours. Over the years, SBRU work has explored individual and societal influences on physical activity and nutrition, developed and tested new interventions, and supported the translation of this research evidence into policy and practice.

While, to date, the majority of the SBRU research programme has focused on physical activity and healthy nutrition for cancer risk reduction, our research has also highlighted the benefits of physical activity for cancer survivors, and has explored barriers and opportunities for the provision of physical activity services for cancer survivors by the Cancer Society.

Current physical activity and nutrition projects

  • Perspectives and experiences of managing food and nutrition with surviving cancer - a qualitative study