Prof Colin Bell

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor of Public Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

colin.bell@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 78043

Biography

Colin Bell is Professor of Public Health at Deakin University's School of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Global Obesity Centre - a WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

Prof Bell obtained a PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and has an MSc and BSc(Honours) in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He completed post-doctoral studies on the China Health and Nutrition Survey at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Colin is recognized for his expertise in obesity and chronic disease prevention and has worked on a number of successful population and community-based programs in Australia and New Zealand over the last 20 years.

Prior to his appointment at Deakin, Prof Bell was a Technical Officer (Non-communicable diseases) with the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization based in Suva, Fiji and Manila, Philippines. In this role he provided support to 22 Pacific Countries and Area’s on NCD prevention and control. A major achievement during this time was coordination of the 2010 Pacific Food Summit in Vanuatu. Colin was also Director of ‘Good For Kids, Good For Life’ (2006-2009) – a large intervention and research program that aimed to prevent overweight and obesity in children in the Hunter New England region of NSW, Australia. He was a research fellow at Deakin University from 2001-2006 and helped establish the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

Prof Bell has a conjoint appointment with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia and the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network.

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Research interests

Non-communicable disease prevention and control, nutrition epidemiology, intervention design, delivery and evaluation, health promotion, childhood obesity prevention, program management, creating healthy environments.

Publications

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2017

Factors affecting evidence-use in food policy-making processes in health and agriculture in Fiji

G Waqa, C Bell, W Snowdon, M Moodie

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-10, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Multi-strategic intervention to enhance implementation of healthy canteen policy: a randomised controlled trial

L Wolfenden, N Nathan, L Janssen, J Wiggers, K Reilly, T Delaney, C Williams, C Bell, R Wyse, R Sutherland, L Campbell, C Lecathelinais, C Oldmeadow, M Freund, S Yoong

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-11, Implement science, London, Eng., C1

journal

A systematic review of economic evaluations of population-based sodium reduction interventions

S Hope, J Webster, K Trieu, A Pillay, M Ieremia, C Bell, W Snowdon, B Neal, M Moodie

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-22, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2016

Salt intakes, knowledge, and behavior in Samoa: monitoring salt-consumption patterns through the World Health Organization's Surveillance of Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors (STEPS)

J Webster, S Su'a, M Ieremia, S Bompoint, C Johnson, G Faeamani, M Vaiaso, W Snowdon, M-A Land, K Trieu, S Viali, M Moodie, C Bell, B Neal, M Woodward

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 884-891, Journal of clinical hypertension, Hoboken, N.J., C1

journal

Salt intake and iodine status of women in Samoa

M-A Land, J Webster, G Ma, M Li, S Su'a, M Ieremia, S Viali, G Faeamani, A Bell, C Quested, B Neal, C Eastman

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 142-149, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, Wellington, Vic., C1

journal

Healthy together Victoria and childhood obesity-a methodology for measuring changes in childhood obesity in response to a community-based, whole of system cluster randomized control trial

C Strugnell, L Millar, A Churchill, F Jacka, C Bell, M Malakellis, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 74, pp. 1-16, Archives of public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Monitoring and accountability for the Pacific response to the non-communicable diseases crisis

H Tolley, W Snowdon, J Wate, A Durand, P Vivili, J McCool, R Novotny, O Dewes, D Hoy, C Bell, N Richards, B Swinburn

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-12, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Whole of systems trial of prevention strategies for childhood obesity: WHO STOPS childhood obesity

S Allender, L Millar, P Hovmand, C Bell, M Moodie, R Carter, B Swinburn, C Strugnell, J Lowe, K de la Haye, L Orellana, S Morgan

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-12, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Establishing a sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in regional Victoria

N Crooks, C Strugnell, C Bell, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 1-7, Health promotion journal of Australia, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal
2015

An implementation intervention to encourage healthy eating in centre-based child-care services : impact of the Good for Kids Good for Life programme

A Bell, L Davies, M Finch, L Wolfenden, J Francis, R Sutherland, J Wiggers

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 1610-1619, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal

HealthPathways: creating a pathway for health systems reform

S Robinson, R Varhol, C Bell, F Quirk, L Durrington

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 9-11, Australian health review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Child physical activity levels and associations with modifiable characteristics in centre-based childcare

A Bell, M Finch, L Wolfenden, M Fitzgerald, P Morgan, J Jones, M Freund, J Wiggers

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 232-236, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, North Melbourne, Vic, C1

journal

A community based systems diagram of obesity causes

S Allender, B Owen, J Kuhlberg, J Lowe, P Nagorcka-Smith, J Whelan, C Bell

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-12, PLoS One, San Francisco, CA, C1

journal
2014

Cost-effectiveness of reducing salt intake in the Pacific Islands: protocol for a before and after intervention study

J Webster, W Snowdon, M Moodie, S Viali, J Schultz, C Bell, M Land, S Downs, A Christoforou, E Dunford, F Barzi, M Woodward, B Neal

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-7, BMC Public Health, London, England, C1

journal

Encouraging general practitioners to complete the four-year-old Healthy Kids Check and provide healthy eating and physical activity messages

A Bell, E Campbell, J Francis, J Wiggers

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 253-257, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

Adoption of obesity prevention policies and practices by Australian primary schools : 2006 to 2013

N Nathan, L Wolfenden, C Williams, S Yoong, C Lecathelinais, A Bell, R Wyse, R Sutherland, J Wiggers

(2014), pp. 1-10, Health Education Research, Cary, NC, C1-1

journal

A randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase the implementation of a healthy canteen policy in Australian primary schools: study protocol

L Wolfenden, N Nathan, C Williams, T Delaney, K Reilly, M Freund, K Gillham, R Sutherland, A Bell, L Campbell, S Yoong, R Wyse, L Janssen, S Preece, M Asmar, J Wiggers

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-8, Implementation science, London, England, C1-1

journal
2013

Healthier choices in an Australian health service : a pre-post audit of an intervention to improve the nutritional value of foods and drinks in vending machines and food outlets

C Bell, N Pond, L Davies, J Francis, E Campbell, J Wiggers

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 1-7, BMC Health services research, London, England, C1-1

journal

Harnessing the power of advertising to prevent childhood obesity

A Bell, L Wolfenden, R Sutherland, L Coggan, K Young, M Fitzgerald, R Hodder, N Orr, A Milat, J Wiggers

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-10, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1-1

journal

Validity of a self-report survey tool measuring the nutrition and physical activity environment of primary schools

N Nathan, L Wolfenden, P Morgan, A Bell, D Barker, J Wiggers

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1-1

journal
2012

Process and impact evaluation of the romp & chomp obesity prevention intervention in early childhood settings : lessons learned from implementation in preschools and long day care settings

A de Silva-Sanigorski, A Bell, P Kremer, J Park, L Demajo, M Smith, S Sharp, M Nichols, L Carpenter, R Boak, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 205-215, Childhood obesity, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

journal

Co-occurrence of obesogenic risk factors among adolescents

L Hardy, A Grunseit, A Khambalia, C Bell, L Wolfenden, A Milat

(2012), Vol. 51, pp. 265-271, Journal of adolescent health, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal

Engaging parents in child obesity prevention : support preferences of parents

L Wolfenden, C Bell, J Wiggers, M Butler, E James, K Chipperfield

(2012), Vol. 48, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Chichester, England, C1-1

journal

Effectiveness of a multi-strategy intervention in increasing the implementation of vegetable and fruit breaks by Australian primary schools: a non-randomized controlled trial

N Nathan, L Wolfenden, A Bell, R Wyse, P Morgan, M Butler, R Sutherland, A Milat, D Hector, J Wiggers

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2011

Obesity prevention in the family day care setting : impact of the romp & chomp intervention on opportunities for children's physical activity and healthy eating

A de Silva-Sanigorski, D Elea, C Bell, P Kremer, L Carpenter, M Nichols, M Smith, S Sharp, R Boak, B Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 37, pp. 385-393, Child : care, health and development, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Reduction in overweight and obesity from a 3-year community-based intervention in Australia : the It's Your Move! project

L Millar, P Kremer, A de Silva-Sanigorski, M McCabe, H Mavoa, M Moodie, J Utter, C Bell, M Malakellis, L Mathews, G Roberts, N Robertson, B Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 12, pp. 20-28, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Vegetable and fruit breaks in Australian primary schools : prevalence, attitudes, barriers and implementation strategies

N Nathan, L Wolfenden, M Butler, A Bell, R Wyse, E Campbell, A Milat, J Wiggers

(2011), Vol. 26, pp. 722-731, Health education research, Cary, N. C., C1-1

journal

Physical activity policies and practices of childcare centres in Australia

L Wolfenden, M Neve, L Farrell, C Lecathelinais, C Bell, A Milat, J Wiggers, R Sutherland

(2011), Vol. 47, pp. 73-76, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Chichester, England, C1-1

journal

Prevalence and socio-demographic associations of overweight and obesity among children attending child-care services in rural and regional Australia

L Wolfenden, L Hardy, J Wiggers, A Milat, C Bell, R Sutherland

(2011), Vol. 68, pp. 15-20, Nutrition and dietetics, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
2010

Community capacity building

C Bell, E Elliott, A Simmons

(2010), pp. 232-242, Preventing childhood obesity : evidence, policy and practice, Chichester, England, B1

chapter

Reducing obesity in early childhood : results from romp & chomp, an Australian community-wide intervention program

A De Silva-Sanigorski, A Bell, P Kremer, M Nichols, M Crellin, M Smith, S Sharp, F de Groot, L Carpenter, R Boak, N Robertson, B Swinburn

(2010), Vol. 91, pp. 831-840, American journal of clinical nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1

journal

Addressing the burden of obesity among disadvantaged families

L Wolfenden, M Falkiner, C Bell

(2010), pp. 11-20, Developing practice : the child youth and family work journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

journal

Obesity prevention and human service organisations : a survey of managers

M Falkiner, L Wolfenden, C Bell, N Nathan

(2010), pp. 21-28, Developing practice : the child youth and family work journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

journal

Advice on healthy eating and physical activity where it is needed most : empowering home-visiting human services to provide the right information at the right time to vulnerable families

M Falkiner, L Wolfenden, N Nathan, J Francis, S Rowe, C Bell

(2010), pp. 29-41, Developing practice : the child youth and family work journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

journal

How useful are systematic reviews of child obesity interventions?

L Wolfenden, J Wiggers, E Tursan-d'Espaignet, A Bell

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 159-165, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1-1

journal
2009

Creating community action plans for obesity prevention using the ANGELO (Analysis Grid for Elements Linked to Obesity) framework

A Simmons, H Mavoa, A Bell, M De Courten, D Schaaf, J Schultz, B Swinburn

(2009), Vol. 24, pp. 311-324, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Assessing the intake of obesity-related foods and beverages in young children: comparison of a simple population survey with 24 hr-recall

C Bennett, A de Silva-Sanigorski, M Nichols, A Bell, B Swinburn

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 1-6, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal

Developing an active play resource for a range of Australian early childhood settings : formative findings and recommendations

A Reithmuller, K McKeen, A Okely, C Bell, A de Silva Sanigorski

(2009), Vol. 34, pp. 43-52, Australasian journal of early childhood, Canberra, A. C. T., C1-1

journal
2008

Reducing unhealthy weight gain in children through community capacity-building: results of a quasi-experimental intervention program, Be Active Eat Well

A Sanigorski, A Bell, P Kremer, R Cuttler, B Swinburn

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 1060-1067, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

journal

Preventing childhood obesity : the sentinel site for obesity prevention in Victoria, Australia

A Bell, A Simmons, A Sanigorski, P Kremer, B Swinburn

(2008), Vol. 23, pp. 328-336, Health promotion international, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2007

Preventing obesity: selecting the best investments

B Swinburn, R Carter, M Haby, M Moodie, C Bell, A Simmons

(2007), pp. 238-242, Challenge of obesity in the WHO European Region and the strategies for response, Copenhagen, Denmark, B1

chapter

Obesity prevention programs demand high-quality evaluations

B Swinburn, C Bell, L King, A Magarey, K O`Brien, E Waters

(2007), Vol. 31, pp. 305-307, Australian and new zealand journal of public health, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Association of key foods and beverages with obesity in Australian schoolchildren

A Sanigorski, A Bell, B Swinburn

(2007), Vol. 10, pp. 152-157, Public health nutrition, London, England, C1

journal

High childhood obesity in an Australian population

A Sanigorski, C Bell, P Kremer, B Swinburn

(2007), Vol. 15, pp. 1908-1912, Obesity, Cambridge, Mass.., C1

journal

Association between the family environment and television viewing in Australian children

M van Zutphen, C Bell, P Kremer, B Swinburn

(2007), Vol. 43, pp. 458-463, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Obesity prevention

B Swinburn, C Bell

(2007), pp. 201-222, Public health nutrition : from principles to practice, Crows Nest, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, ethnicity, and blood pressure in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

R Scragg, M Sowers, C Bell

(2007), Vol. 20, pp. 713-719, American journal of hypertension, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal
2006

Active transport to work in Australia: is it all downhill from here?

C Bell, J Garrard, B Swinburn

(2006), Vol. 18, pp. 62-68, Asia-Pacific journal of public health, Hong Kong, C1

journal

Calibration and reliability of a school food checklist: a new tool for assessing school food and beverage consumption

P Kremer, C Bell, B Swinburn

(2006), Vol. 15, pp. 465-473, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, Melbourne, Vic, C1

journal

Overweight and obesity prevalence in children based on 6- or 12- month IOTF cut-points: does interval size matter?

P Kremer, C Bell, A Sanigorski, B Swinburn

(2006), Vol. 30, pp. 603-605, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

journal
2005

Community-based approaches to prevent obesity

C Bell

(2005), pp. 448-467, Food, diet and obesity, Cambridge, England, B1

chapter

A comprehensive approach to obesity prevention

B Swinburn, C Bell

(2005), pp. 456-471, Clinical obesity in adults and children, Oxford, England, B1-1

chapter

Lunchbox contents of Australian school children: room for improvement

A Sanigorski, A Bell, P Kremer, B Swinburn

(2005), Vol. 59, pp. 1310-1316, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, England, C1

journal

Contribution of 'noncore' foods and beverages to the energy intake and weight status of Australian children

A Bell, P Kremer, A Magarey, B Swinburn

(2005), Vol. 59, pp. 639-645, European journal of clinical nutrition, Southampton, England, C1

journal

Behavioural and psychosocial consequences of overweight and obesity among grade 5 and 6 school children : potential barriers to physical activity

P Kremer, C Bell, A Sanigorski, B Swinburn

(2005), ISSP 2005 : Proceedings of the International Society of Sport Psychology 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference
2004

What are the key food groups to target for preventing obesity and improving nutrition in schools

C Bell, B Swinburn

(2004), Vol. 58, pp. 258-263, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, England, C1

journal

Understanding the role of mediating risk factors and proxy effects in the association between socio-economic status and untreated hypertension

C Bell, L Adair, B Popkin

(2004), Vol. 59, pp. 275-283, Social science & medicine, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Making it easier for school children to be active and eat well

C Bell, T Bryar

(2004), Vol. 4, pp. 32-35, Health education Australia, Hindmarsh, S. Aust., C1

journal

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, diabetes, and ethnicity in the third national health and nutrition examination survey

R Scragg, M Sowers, C Bell

(2004), Vol. 27, pp. 2813-2818, Diabetes care, Alexandria, Va., C1

journal
2003

Overweight and obesity in children from Shenzhen, Peoples Republic of China

L Hui, C Bell

(2003), Vol. 9, pp. 371-376, Health & place, London, England, C1

journal
2002

The road to obesity or the path to prevention: motorized transportation and obesity in China

A Bell, K Ge, B Popkin

(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 277-283, Obesity research, Hoboken, N. J., C1-1

journal

Ethnic differences in the association between body mass index and hypertension

A Bell, L Adair, B Popkin

(2002), Vol. 155, pp. 346-353, American journal of epidemiology, Cary, NC, C1-1

journal
2001

A nutrition and exercise intervention program for controlling weight in Samoan communities in New Zealand

A Bell, B Swinburn, H Amosa, R Scragg

(2001), Vol. 25, pp. 920-927, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1-1

journal

Heart disease and diabetes risk factors in Pacific Island communities and associations with measures of body fat

A Bell, B Swinburn, D Simmons, W Wang, H Amosa, B Gatland

(2001), Vol. 114, pp. 208-213, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

journal

Weight gain and its predictors in Chinese adults

A Bell, K Ge, B Popkin

(2001), Vol. 25, pp. 1079-1086, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1-1

journal
1999

The impact of modernisation on the diets of adults aged 20-40 years from Samoan church communities in Auckland

A Bell, B Swinburn, H Amosa, R Scragg, S Sharpe

(1999), Vol. 11, pp. 4-9, Asia-Pacific journal of public health, Thousand Oaks. Calif., C1-1

journal

Measuring the dietary intake of Samoans living in New Zealand: comparison of a food frequency questionnaire and a 7-day diet record

A Bell, B Swinburn, H Amosa, R Scragg, S Sharpe

(1999), Vol. 8, pp. 149-154, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
1997

Nutrition knowledge and practices of Samoans in Auckland

A Bell, H Amosa, B Swinburn

(1997), Vol. 4, pp. 26-32, Pacific health dialog, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, C1-1

journal

The Ola Fa'autauta project: the process of developing a church-based health programme

B Swinburn, H Amosa, C Bell

(1997), Vol. 4, pp. 20-25, Pacific health dialog, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, C1-1

journal

Body size of New Zealand Pacific Islands children and teenagers

J Salesa, A Bell, B Swinburn

(1997), Vol. 110, pp. 227-229, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

journal
1996

Nutrient intakes of Tongan and Tokelauan children living in New Zealand

A Bell, W Parnell

(1996), Vol. 109, pp. 435-438, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

journal

Ethnic differences and recent trends in coronary heart disease incidence in New Zealand

C Bell, B Swinburn, A Stewart, R Jackson, C Tukuitonga, D Tipene-Leach

(1996), Vol. 109, pp. 66-68, New Zealand medical journal, Wellington, N. Z., C1-1

journal

Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Developing evidence for the primary prevention of depressive disorders: The role of diet and physical activity

Prof Michael Berk, Prof Julie Pasco, A/Prof Evie Leslie, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Felice Jacka

NHMRC Project Grant

  • 2012: $196,827
  • 2011: $71,971

Centre of Research Excellence on Policy Research on Obesity and Food Systems

Prof Rob Carter, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Richard Osborne, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Mark Lawrence, A/Prof Jan Barendregt, Prof Bruce Neal, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Kelly Brownell, Prof Steven Allender

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

  • 2017: $271,288
  • 2016: $431,611
  • 2015: $434,875
  • 2014: $452,808
  • 2013: $276,834
  • 2012: $65,432

Other Public Sector Funding

Romp and Chomp - Year 2

Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Colin Bell

  • 2007: $16,667
  • 2006: $29,167

A connected community and clinical journey to health

Dr Penny Love, Ms Jill Whelan, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

  • 2015: $29,000

Whole of System Trial for Obesity Prevention in Childhood Obesity (WHO STOPS Childhood Obesity)

Prof Steven Allender, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Peter Hovmand, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Rob Carter, Prof Boyd Swinburn

  • 2017: $174,102
  • 2016: $127,171

STICK-E Healthy Eating - Systems Thinking In Community Knowledge Exchange

Prof Steven Allender, Prof Douglas Creighton, Dr Michael Johnstone, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Boyd Swinburn

  • 2017: $90,000
  • 2016: $90,000

YCHANGe obesity prevention mapping into physical activity determinants - environmental and personal

Ms Jill Whelan, Dr Penny Love, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

  • 2016: $120,000

Enhancing wellness in Fiji

Prof Colin Bell, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Steven Allender, Dr I Tukana, Dr Ilisapeci Kubuabola, Dr Jillian Wate

  • 2017: $18,000

Industry and Other Funding

A connected community and clinical journey to health

Dr Penny Love, Ms Jill Whelan, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Colin Bell

  • 2016: $5,454
  • 2015: $54,545

YCHANGe - A connected community and clinical journey to health - YSC and RFDS

Ms Jill Whelan, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Penny Love, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2017: $40,000
  • 2016: $40,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report