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Centre for Public Health

Centre for Public Health

The Centre for Public Health enables, facilitates, identifies and disseminates public health research in co-production across the University and externally with commissioners and communities - on a local, national and international scale.

Research staff have achieved national and international prominence in public health interventions and disease prevention, and translational public health, working alongside public health organisations to have a real-world impact. Significant research covers major global health issues including oral health, adult and childhood obesity.

These themes are underpinned by strong methodological expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, systematic reviewing, service and intervention evaluation, intervention development, co-production, and embedded research.

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Research centre leads

Professor Vida Zohoori

Professor Vida Zohoori

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Research at Teesside

Dr Lawrence Nnyanzi

Our research community is truly diverse, not only in the demographic composition but in ideology. This diversity makes it possible to forge collaborative partnerships, enabling less-experienced researchers to work with world-class experts.

Dr Lawrence Nnyanzi, Senior Lecturer in Research Methods

Impact case studies

Curbing childhood obesity 

Shaping UK Government health policy and UK and USA guidelines on the prevention and treatment of obesity in young people

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Oral health: A balancing act

Informing global approaches to community tooth decay prevention programmes

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Fuse Associate Director Amelia Lake, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Teesside University. Link to Fuse funding continues through School for Public Health Research.

Fuse funding continues through School for Public Health Research

Researchers at Teesside University will continue to benefit from a collaboration which brings together the leading public health research expertise

The Conversation

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Super shoes: Explaining athletics’ new technological arms race

Jonathan Taylor

In the 1960s, when traditional cinder athletics tracks were replaced by spongy, synthetic surfaces, endurance running experienced a revolution. Long distance runners began clocking far faster times on the synthetic tracks, smashing multiple world records in the process.

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Going back to the gym: how to avoid injuries after lockdown

Matthew Wright | Mark Richardson | Paul Chesterton

After months in lockdown, gyms in England reopened on April 12. Many have already eagerly returned with plans to get back to their old fitness routines.

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‘Freedom day’? Removing COVID-19 restrictions will vastly reduce the freedoms of some – viewpoint

Dorothy Newbury-Birch | Andrew Divers

England has now dispensed with the remaining restrictions that were in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. No longer will there be a blanket requirement to wear face masks in public spaces or to socially distance.

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How often should we exercise to stay in shape?

Matthew Wright | Jonathan Taylor

Elite athletes – like Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who won gold for the men’s 1500m race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – train almost ten to 14 times per week, clocking up numerous hours on the track and in the gym. But for the rest of us, getting into shape does not necessarily mean such an arduous regime.

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Disabled children still face exclusion in PE – here’s what needs to change

Tom Gibbons

Children between the ages of five and 18 should do a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise a day across the week, according to UK government recommendations.

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Changing your diet could add ten years to your life – new research

Laura Brown

Everyone wants to live longer. And we’re often told that the key to doing this is making healthier lifestyle choices, such as exercising, avoiding smoking and not drinking too much alcohol. Studies have also shown that diet can increase lifespan.

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Three reasons runners should start lifting weights

Matthew Wright | Jonathan Taylor

Millions of people worldwide make running their exercise of choice. And whether you’ve just started running and are aiming to run a 5km or are aiming to run a marathon, you’re probably looking for ways to improve.

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Four reasons why children need to be more active in school playgrounds

Michael Graham

School breaktimes might be assumed to be the most active period in a child’s school day. While some children are physically active at breaktimes, for others there are a number of barriers preventing them from doing anything energetic, recent research has highlighted.

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Black Pepper: Healthy or Not?

Laura Brown

Everybody knows that consuming too much salt is bad for your health. But nobody ever mentions the potential impact of the other condiment in the cruet set: black pepper. Does it have an effect on your health?

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Nine vegetables that are healthier for you when cooked

Laura Brown

Raw food diets are a fairly recent trend, including raw veganism. The belief being that the less processed food is, the better. However, not all food is more nutritious when eaten raw.

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How the Premier League’s wealth funded a revolution in training technology

Jonathan Taylor

The English Premier League (EPL) celebrates its 30th season this year, and much has changed since the league’s inception in 1992. For many long-time fans, the period may well be defined by the influx of money into the sport, with player wages ballooning, transfer records toppling, and broadcasting deals reaching into the billions of pounds.

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Weekend warrior workouts: here’s how to make the most of them

Michael Graham | Jonathan Taylor

Most of us know we need to exercise more. Yet finding the time to work out is often easier said than done. For most, the only time we have to exercise is on the weekends.

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Raw vegan diet may be a risk to your health

Laura Brown

Vegan diets have become increasingly popular over the years, especially among people looking to improve their health. However, some people are taking these diets to the extreme.

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