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This MOOC address a societal need to promote lifestyle changes and physical activity to a broader public and to do this based on current research in this area. 

With a broad perspective, the 3 modules introduce relevant research that explains both why and how to be physically active, the connection to public health policy, why we should avoid sedentary behaviour and how to promote lifestyle changes in a sustainable way.

Further, a final module is dedicated to the limitations and possibilities when we are using sensors and wearables to measure physical activity. 

The target group is broad and includes practitioners from the health sector, personal trainers, people interested to increase their own physical activity and others who want to know more about being physically active. 

Main contributors to this MOOC is presented in connection to each module. Questions or considerations are more than welcome to:

How to take part

The three modules offer both video material, powerpoints and further reading links. Each Module is divided into lectures. All modules include a number of video lectures and presentations which sums up to about 20-30 minutes per module. In some cases, these will be short films and in others, a longer playlist divided into chapters. 

Step-by-step approach

The modules follow a common disposition where the individual lectures start with an introduction. This is followed by a presentation (ie the actual lecture), and then finalised with a summary where key points are highlighted. In Module 1 and 2 the lectures are supplemented with a Q & A, where one of our senior researchers give their view on specific topics and issues related to their research.  

After each module, you are invited to take a quiz that you need to complete in order to move on to the next module. 

At the bottom of each page, there is a "next" button that will bring you to the following section.

The course is self-paced which means that you decide when to take part and in what intensity. You could, however, expect to finalise all three courses in less than one week. 

What topics are included?

  1. Physical Activity - Basic concepts and Key Principles

  2. Measuring physical activity with sensors and wearables


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About Center for Health and Performance

In 2017, CHP was established as an official center at the University of Gothenburg. The vision is to become an internationally recognized research center in the field of health promotion and sports performance through multidisciplinary collaboration, innovative entrepreneurship and product development in collaboration between academia and the surrounding community.

A center is expected to be multidisciplinary and as such has a complementary function to departments and other units. A center is an open meeting place where both external and university-based parties are given the opportunity for dialogue and collaboration within the framework of the center's activities. At least two faculties are involved in each universitywide center. With regards to CHP this is the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Medicine (Sahlgrenska Academy).

The content of this MOOC has been developed under the supervision of the Managers of CHP; Prof. Mats Börjesson as representative for Sahlgrenska Academy and Prof. Stefan Grau as representative for the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science.

As of today, CHP has several ongoing research projects and publications on the presented topics. Please read more about our activities on our home page and learn more about how to continue your studies in physical activity and health:

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