We have a great selection of scientific and activity pre-conference workshops to offer you on Wednesday the 8th of June.
You can register for these workshops when you register for the main conference.
Our platinum sponsor for the conference will be offering a free pre-conference workshop on Wednesday 8 June, 9-11am titled ‘Assessing the interrelationship between financial and physical wellness and determining the dual effect on productivity and the economy’.
This workshop will aim to elucidate the relationship between financial wellness and physical wellness. As such, it will explore if people who are financially healthy will have a greater probability of being physically healthy, or if being physically healthy makes people more financially healthy. Additionally, the workshop will explore if financial stress impacts physical wellness and if so, discover its impact on workplace productivity and inevitably the economy.
Workshop presenters: Nico-Louis Minnie
To register for this free workshop, click here
Below are details of the scientific pre-conference workshops with provisional times. All workshops will take place at the conference venue (CTICC) on Wednesday the 8th of June.
Full-day workshops are R1000 (includes lunch). Half-day workshops (morning / afternoon) are R500 (does not include lunch). The cost of a morning plus an afternoon workshop is R1000 (includes lunch).
Early Career Researchers workshop – Full-day, 08:00-16:00
Presenters: Hans Brug, Anna Timperio, Charlie Foster, Kim Gans, Deanna Hoelscher, Lisa Micklesfield, Salome Kruger
The Early Career Researchers workshop will give you an opportunity to learn from experienced researchers on a range of topics such as: career guidance, developing collaborations, grant-writing tips, mentoring, time management and building your CV. The workshops will offer several opportunities for networking with other participants and senior researchers, including round-table discussions. Sessions will include lecture-style, information sharing and small group discussions. Numbers will be limited so register early!
The art of evaluating the effect of changes in the built environment on physical activity behaviour – Full-day, 08:00-16:00
Presenters: Jasper Schipperijn, Stef Kremers, Esther van Sluijs and Dave van Kann
Evaluating the impact of changes in the built environment on physical activity behaviour is challenging and it is not an exact science with set formats and methods. During this workshop we will introduce participants to the art of evaluating the effect of changes to the built environment on physical activity behaviour, whilst ensuring that the many choices that will have to be made have a sound scientific basis. Participants will be introduced to different studies designs, working with the conceptualization of the expected causal relations, sampling and recruitment of participants, exposure definitions, data collection, and analytical strategies. Both experienced researchers as well as researchers new to the field will gain from attending this workshop. Because there is no single best way of evaluating changes in the environment and each decision will have a ripple effect, there will be plenty of room for discussion.
Navigating Cape Town: Using GPS in behavioural nutrition and physical activity research – Full-day, 08:00-16:00
Presenters: Maartje Poelman, Monique Simons, Marijke Jansen, and Emely de Vet
Where you live, eat and play are important contributors to health. Research to understand the role of neighbourhoods in obesity prevalence and prevention has burgeoned in recent decades; however much of this research has focused on relationships between the residential environment and physical activity (PA) or food consumption. This focus, primarily on residential areas, has several drawbacks as health behaviours occur in multiple locations and contexts (e.g., along routes to destinations). The emergence of low-cost and accurate Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices has enabled researchers to objectively track the location of an individual. GPS has become a powerful tool for individual environment exposure assessments. Researchers with no (or little) prior experience using GPS are invited to take part in this interactive workshop to become more familiar with the use of GPS in PA and behavioural nutrition research. By navigating Cape Town, attendees will gain first-hand experience in the use of GPS and interpretation of the data.
‘Move Well, Move Often’: The practical application of fundamental movement skills for youth physical activity promotion – Half-day, 08:00-12:00
Presenters: Wesley O’Brien, Bronagh McGrane, Johann Issartel, and Lawrence Foweather
This workshop will critically discuss and actively explore the thematic area of fundamental movement skills (FMS), specifically for childhood physical activity promotion. Participants will practice basic observable patterns of movement through prescriptive tasks and a variety of assessment strategies. The workshop is designed to improve the critical eye of the participant towards the observation of FMS (both within and outside of the school environment). During the course of the workshop, participants will execute skills such as running in a straight line (locomotor) and/or performing a two-handed catch (object-related) etc. From these episodes of basic movement practice, participants will further their knowledge by critically assessing and monitoring levels of skill proficiency from the workshop delegates. This workshop will be particularly suited to those interested in the fields of childhood physical activity promotion, motor development, skill development, human movement, physical education and intervention implementation. Watch a short YouTube clip on this workshop.
HomeStyles: A case study in developing a childhood-obesity prevention intervention – Half-day, 08:00-12:00
Presenters: Jennifer Martin-Biggers and Carol Byrd-Bredbenner
HomeStyles is a comprehensive, in-home intervention that enables and motivates parents to shape home environments and lifestyle behavioural practices (diet, exercise, sleep) to prevent excessive weight gain in preschool children. It is delivered via home visitation or online/web-based. This workshop traces the application of best practices in the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of HomeStyles including:
- Advisory board formation and maintenance;
- Intervention development and formative testing, creation of equivalent control intervention;
- Assessment instrument development/refinement;
- Intervention staff training;
- Participant recruitment and retention;
- Data management and analysis; and
- Intervention dissemination.
This workshop is a must for anyone planning, implementing, evaluating, or disseminating obesity prevention interventions.
Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour in nutrition intervention message development: A step-by-step guide – Half-day, 08:00-12:00
Presenters: Janetta Harbron, Marjanne Senekal, Nelia Steyn, and Sharmilah Booley
Research indicates that behaviour change interventions are more effective when guided by the understanding and application of behaviour change theories. The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) is a beliefs-based model designed to predict behaviour. TPB-based interventions are expected to improve intention to change and lead to successful execution of the target behaviour. During this workshop the comprehensive application of the TPB, including the specific steps that are recommended for designing a TPB-based intervention will be explained using interactive sessions covering practical and hands-on applications of each step. The steps involve: 1) Formative assessment to identify underlying beliefs relating to a given behaviour e.g. fruit and vegetable intake. For these purposes, illustrations of how to conduct focus group discussions/in depth interviews will be covered. 2) Compile a TPB-questionnaire from the data collected in step 1 and interpret the results to identify modal (most commonly held) beliefs. 3) Attendees will learn how to develop belief-targeted messages for a TPB-based intervention.
Social media and strategic communications for researchers and institutions – Half-day, 12:30-16:30
Presenters: Steven Kelder and Brooks Ballard
This workshop will explain the role of institutional social media and communications efforts, and how individuals can utilize these same tactics to increase the impact of their research. This hands-on learning experience is designed to allow participants to develop and/or refine their organizations’ strategic social media communications. Participants will learn methods to translate and disseminate research to targeted audiences to improve decision-making and program planning. We will review evidence-based and popular communications methods, including: social media, email marketing, blogging, webinars, infographics, online videos, and more.
The workshop goals are to:
- Define social media and strategic communications in a public health research context
- Review social media technologies, evidence-based and state of the art methods, and gaining institutional support
- Present case studies in social media strategic communications planning
- Define measures for success and review available analytic tools
- Provide hands-on opportunities to develop an institutional social media strategic plan
Quantifying and visualising physical behaviour: An alternative to energy expenditure estimation – Half-day, 12:30-16:30
Presenters: Malcolm Granat and Douglas Maxwell
It has been suggested that physical activity is about the relationship between human beings and their environment‚ and the strengthening of that relationship. However, the primary physical activity outcome has invariably been energy expenditure, with definitions of different aspects of physical activity based on levels of energy expenditure. It is proposed that the pattern of robustly defined activities, physical behaviour, can provide an alternative construct to energy expenditure estimation. The main goal of this workshop is to demonstrate how we can develop person-centred outcomes from the pattern of the individual’s activity and how from these patterns it is possible to derive detailed information on Physical Behaviour. Interactive features of this workshop will include: a structured discussion on derivation of outcomes based on the patterns of activities, data analysis showing how we can derive new outcomes of lying, cycling and car travel from body-worn accelerometer data and group working analysing sample data.
Measuring sedentary behaviour in an intervention context – Half-day, 12:30-16:30
Presenters: Paul Gardiner, Sebastien Chastin, and Manon Dontje
Excessive sitting in prolonged bouts is associated with poor health, even when physical activity guidelines are met, making sedentary time a new health behaviour change target. This has led to an increase in the number of interventions to change sedentary behaviour. Crucial to the evaluation of these interventions is the choosing the most appropriate measure of sedentary behaviour. This workshop brings together experts in sedentary behaviour interventions and measurement of sedentary behaviour. Participants will be involved in didactic sessions as well as undertake interactive exercises. During the workshop participants will consider:
– Components of sedentary behaviour: total volume and patterns
– Properties of sedentary behaviour measures: reliability, validity and responsiveness to change
– Existing self-report measures of sedentary behaviour
– Existing objective measures of sedentary behaviour
– Measures to improve compliance with measurement protocols
Translation and implementation of evidence-based interventions into policy and practice – Half-day, 12.30-16:30
Presenters: Dawn K. Wilson, Sally Wyke, Tracey Naledi, Vicki Lambert, and Stefanie Vandevijvere
This interactive workshop will address translation and implementation of evidence-based health policies and practices across several countries. Dr. Sally Wyke will discuss policy work at the Institute of Health and Well-being in the UK; specifically the EuroFIT lifestyle programme to attract men to be more active through the loyalty that they feel to the top flight professional soccer clubs. Dr. Tracey Naledi, Director of the Health Programmes, Department of Health in Western Cape Province, will present on local policies to improve health and prevent chronic disease in this region. Dr. Vicki Lambert, University of Cape Town, will present on developing the National Physical Activity Plan throughout South Africa. ISBNPA policy coalition leader Dr. Dawn Wilson and SIG leader Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere will lead an interactive discussion to address issues of comparing and contrasting different approaches to policy implementation across countries. Future objectives for policy work within ISBNPA will be discussed.
For all activity workshops, delegates will meet at and depart from the conference venue (CTICC). Departure times are specified below. All activities will be hosted by student volunteers, or by a guide from a tour service provider.
Walk around the V&A Waterfront
Delegates will depart from the CTICC at 13:00, and walk to the V&A Waterfront, returning to the CTICC at approximately 16:00. Delegates should bring money with them on the walk if they wish to make any purchases along the way.
Walk on the Sea Point Promenade
Delegates will meet at the lighthouse on Beach Rd, Mouille Point at 13:30. The lighthouse is easy to get to from the CTICC using a meter taxi, Uber or the MyCiti bus service (which has a stop at the CTICC). From the lighthouse, delegates will take a flat, easy walk along the sea front (±5km). On returning to the lighthouse, delegates will be able to stop off for a coffee / drink (bring some money for this) at one of the nearby cafes, and can also take a stroll through the Green Point Urban Park, next to the Green Point stadium, before making their way back to the CTICC later in the afternoon. When registering for the conference, delegates will have an option of purchasing a MyCiti card (R30), which will be pre-loaded to the value of R30 (sufficient for a return trip between the CTICC and the lighthouse; total cost of card is R60).
Hike up Lion’s Head
Delegates will depart from the CTICC at 09:00, where they will be taken to the foot of Lion’s Head (close to Table Mountain), where they will start the hike. The path up is steep, and starts off on a wide dirt track, narrowing eventually to a single track. Closer to the top, there are some rocks to be climbed (with the help of footholds and chains). After coming back down, delegates will be driven to Signal Hill (sometimes referred to as the Lion’s Rump) for a quick stop and opportunity to capture some of the best views of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Delegates will return to the CTICC at ±12:00.
Cost: R130 (includes transport from/to the CTICC, and bottled water)
Township bicycle tour in Masiphumelele
Delegates will join AWOL Tours for an award winning half-day bicycle township tour in the community of Masiphumelele (±45 minutes south of the city). This will be an opportunity to meet community members, as well as experience the local Xhosa culture and township life on a bicycle. The tour is offered in partnership with the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN). BEN is a non-profit organisation that promotes the use of the bicycle to enhance low-cost, non-motorised, transport. BEN bicycles are second-hand bicycles imported from Europe, fixed and repaired by BEN bike mechanics and then sold at affordable rates to people in low-income communities. The cost of the tour includes transport from/to the CTICC, township guide, a local lunch, bicycles, visit to a traditional healer, and a donation to a local crèche. Delegates will be collected at 09:00 from the CTICC, and will return to the CTICC at approximately 14:00.
Mountain biking on Table Mountain
More adventurous delegates can join AWOL Tours for a half-day mountain bike ride on Table Mountain. The cost of the tour includes transport from/to the CTICC, mountain bikes, helmets, snacks, bottled water, and an experienced mountain biking guide.
Cost: R1200 (minimum of 5 delegates)
AWOL Tours also offers a range of half- and full-day hiking and cycling tours in and around Cape Town. Check out their website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.