Dr Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani 

Dr Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, describes, in 60 seconds, her research which addresses the fact that physical inactivity is now considered one of the main threats of premature mortality and ill health and has been called the 21st century's biggest public health problem.

 

Physical inactivity is now considered one of the main threats of premature mortality and ill health and has been called the 21st century’s biggest public health problem. Our physical and social environment has made it increasingly difficult for us to become or stay physically active. 

I am Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani and I’m a Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Physical Activity & Health. In my research I apply principles of psychology to understand the relation between physical activity and health. A lot of this research focuses on understanding why people do or do not exercise; why some stick to exercise while others don’t. I look to find effective ways of helping populations, especially those of working age and older adults, to increase their levels of physical activity and well-being. This requires understanding of not just individual factors but also the broader contextual social and physical environment in which we live. 

I design, implement and evaluate physical activity and wellness programmes targeting the most health needy and work with businesses, public health organisations and the broader community in the process.

Dr Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani's profile