International Visiting Scholar Research Presentation
Dr. Tony Okley
Professor, University of Wollongong, Australia
Stealth interventions to promote physical activity and reduce prolonged sitting in children
Date: Thursday, January 25
Location: Room 319, Public Health Research Center
Professor Anthony Okely is Director of the Early Start Research Institute at the University of Wollongong, Australia and Theme Leader in the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. He has been awarded over $10 Million in competitive funding, including being Principal Investigator on two National Health and Medical Research Council Project grants. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, four book chapters, and four policy-related monographs or reports; has around 8,000 career citations, and his h-index is 49.
Okely’s research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and gross motor skills in children. It encompasses observational studies that describe the prevalence and patterns of these behaviors; relationships with health, education, and other developmental outcomes; interventions; and guideline development.
Okely led the research team that developed – and are currently updating – the Australian Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 years, and the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for Children and Young People and was an international expert on the Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for the Early Years, the Canadian 24-hr Integrated Movement Guidelines for the Early Years and for Children and Youth, and the Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for Canadian Children and Youth.