Date: May 18th
Location: KI University Library, Torget
Activity levels in children: How much? What types? When? And the importance of active transportation
Children spend large amounts of awake time sedentary and levels of physical activity are declining. Low levels of physical activity in childhood is associated with low bone mineral density, obesity and decreased cognitive functioning and academic performance. In Sweden, 30% of 4-year old children meet the current physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. Promising and evidence based means to curb this sedentary trend in children include time spent outdoors, parental engagement in physical activity and active transportation to and from school.
has a biomedical background and is currently conducting academic research as a postdoc at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet in the research group of Professor Cecilia Magnusson. Berglind is currently main supervisor for 2 PhD students and PI for a large RCT investigating post-obesity surgery effects on levels of physical activity and wellbeing from a dissonance-based theoretical framework intervention delivered to women. In addition, Berglind is studying population levels of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior in children. The aims of these studies are to assess levels of physical activity and sedentary behavior on a population level and to develop feasible and evidence based methods to increase levels of physical activity throughout childhood. More specifically, to develop approaches to increase levels of physical activity throughout the school-day, which may have positive effects on academic performance.