HALO Director Dr.Mark Tremblay, HALO Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr.Scott Rollo and former HALOite Dr.Travis Saunders just published a commentary titled “Sedentary Behavior Research Network members support new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guideline recommendationsin the Journal of Sport and Health Science. Congratulations, Mark and team!

The commentary was published in conjunction with the release of the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults and results from a survey of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (SBRN) membership done last winter. Prior to their release, draft Guidelines received stakeholder feedback, including 126 SBRN members.

“Based on SBRN members’ responses to the stakeholder survey …, there is strong, though not unanimous, support for the sedentary-behavior recommendations in the new guidelines. Of the participants, 82.3% indicated that they “somewhat agree” or “strongly agree” that the sedentary-behavior recommendations are clearly stated, and 80.2% reported they “somewhat agree” or “strongly agree” with how the sedentary behavior recommendations are stated. Conversely, a relatively small percentage of participants felt that the recommendations were not clearly stated (10.8%) or disagreed with how the recommendations were stated (15.8%). Additional comments from SBRN stakeholders were concerned primarily with quantifying “prolonged sitting” (n = 17), defining “sedentary” and providing practical examples (n = 11), and defining “recreational screen time” (n = 2). Only a few members (n = 4) suggested the recommendations were unrealistic and/or intimidating.” 

Please click here to read the commentary in full.

In response, Dr.Stamatakis and Dr.Bauman wrote a corresponding letter, “The bold sedentary behavior recommendations in the new Canadian guidelines: are they evidence-based? Response to “Sedentary Behavior Research Network members support new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guideline recommendations”, that was published today in the Journal of Sport and Health Science.

The corresponding letter is available here.