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Research Talk by Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke

February 28, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Title: “Re-imagining Physical Activity Guidelines Using Practical Metrics Common to Most Wearable Technologies”

Speaker: Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke, PhD, FACSM, FNAK is Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Dean Tudor-Locke is a walking behaviour researcher and a recognized world leader in objective physical activity assessment and promotion, specifically focused on pedometer or accelerometer-determined ambulatory activity captured as steps per day across the lifespan. She is a trained program evaluator and adult educator focused on practical applications in objective monitoring measurement and intervention. She has also published on clinical vs. free-living gait analysis, including interpretation of cadence as a simple indicator of ambulatory patterns. She has also published work documenting the relationship between time spent in sedentary behaviour and relatively low ambulatory activity, measured as steps per day.

Summary: Public health guidelines traditionally frame in terms of frequency, intensity, time, and type. But how does this framework translate when we measure and track the number of steps we take in a day? This presentation dives into how to measure and modulate ambulatory physical activity using practical step counting and cadence tracking metrics common to most wearable technologies.

A Brief History of Step Counting and Cadence Tracking : Wearable technologies are now part of modern daily living and most offer the ability to count the number and rate of steps we take. But the history of step counting is much older. This presentation reviews the history and science of step counting and cadence tracking including modern evolutions in our understanding of what shapes how many steps we take over our lifespan.

This lecture may be viewed in-person at the Rudy North Lecture Theatre in the Centre for Brain Health at UBC or over Zoom. A light lunch will be provided for those attending in person.

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February 28, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (CBH)
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