A delegation of researchers from Aspetar’s Healthy Lifestyle Programme showcased research on “Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity” at the 14th meeting of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, recently.
The conference served as a distinctive international forum for new discoveries as well as latest scientific and clinical research related to nutrition and physical activity.
During the three days of the conference, Aspetar researchers discussed their findings in relation to physical activity and a variety of topics pertaining to the community’s well-being through their seven scientific researches, highlighting the experience of Qatar in promoting physical activity and its benefit for health and giving the example of the “Step into Health” programme.
The showcased researches included presentations by Aspetar researchers in various fields of interest. These included “The effects of a 12-month pedometer-determined physical activity intervention on adults in Qatar” presented by Aspetar director-general Mohamed Ghaith al-Kuwari, “Perceived barriers, motivators and benefits of physical activity in Qatar” debated by Abdulla Albuflasa, senior health promotion researcher, while Abdulla al-Mohannadi, senior health promotion researcher, highlighted “Pocket Pedometer vs Smartphone-based Pedometer to Promote Physical Activity in the Community: Experience from Qatar”.
Dr Izzeldin Ibrahim, head of the Healthy Lifestyle Programme, showcased “Qatar Active Schools” projects, while Aspetar researcher Lena Zimmo showed a case study on physical activity measuring equipment for primary school students.
Finally, Aspetar researcher Abdulaziz Farooq talked about the “low physical activity rate for boys after teens”.