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Journal of Public Health - Healthy People: Understanding and Promoting Physical Activity

A sedentary lifestyle is common in the so-called Western hemisphere and is also emerging in low and middle income countries. Sedentary Behavior, as defined by the World Health Organization means “any waking behaviour while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture with low energy expenditure” [1, 2]. A lack of physical activity is linked to numerous non-communicable chronic diseases like heart failure, stroke, depression and bowel cancer, thus being a considerable but also modifiable lifestyle factor.

This article collection comprises chosen publications aiming at

  1. Describing physical activity levels in certain populations (prevalence),
  2. Validating measures of physical activity (diagnosis),
  3. Understanding sequelae of physical inactivity (prognosis),
  4. Evaluating effectiveness of interventions aiming at increased physical activity (treatment benefits),
  5. Evaluating common harms of physical activity (harms) and 
  6. Clarifying whether early detection tests of physical inactivity are worthwhile (screening).

This collection is open for new submissions strictly adhering to Springer’s standards of reporting (see submission guidelines) on any of the above topics, from the following article types:

  • Original Research,
  • Review Articles,
  • Methodologies or Methods.

Please attach a completed checklist of the corresponding standard of reporting to your submission.

1. Tremblay MS, Aubert S, Barnes JD, Saunders TJ, Carson V, Latimer-Cheung AE, Chastin SFM, Altenburg TM, Chinapaw MJM: Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcome. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2017, 14(1):75.

2. World Health Organization: WHO guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour. In., vol. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020.