School of Population Health - The University of Queensland, Australia
Research funded by the Heart Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
Dr. Healy’s Ph.D research reported some of the first evidence regarding the importance of regularly interrupting sitting time for heart health.
Her research builds on this work to examine how sitting time varies across populations, as well as the feasibility and acceptability of reducing this behavior in key settings, such as the workplace. Here, she is a main investigator for “Stand Up Australia” and “Stand Up Comcare” – programs of research focused on understanding and reducing prolonged sitting time in Australian office workers.
In 2012, Dr. Healy was given the distinguished Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award (Medicine and Medical Sciences); and her research continues to receive extensive worldwide recognition, with over 1000 articles throughout more than 30 countries. Her work includes:
Getting office workers to stand up, sit less and move more – what works?
For most office workers, the majority of their workday is spent sitting. Dr Healy presented evidence on how all that sitting has impacts workers’ health. She also presented findings from the Stand Up Australia program of research. Across several studies, this research program has investigated how much office workers sit, and what strategies are effective at reducing and changing their sitting time.