Sedentary behaviour evidence briefing
The benefits of a physically active lifestyle are well established and reflected in public health guidelines and policy. In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that sedentary behaviour may play in health and wellbeing.
Informed by this emerging body of evidence, public health guidelines now recommend that people of all ages should avoid prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour and break up periods of sitting.
This evidence briefing provides an overview of the evidence relating to sedentary behaviour and public health.
It defines sedentary behaviour and summarises the risks and current levels as well as the implications for policy and practice. It also reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour.