If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health (Hippocrates 460-377BC)
The foods we eat and our physical activity habits are fundamental to our health and well being. Poor nutrition and inadequate physical activity increase the risk of a number of chronic health conditions that are common in the Australian community, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis and various cancers. Improving the population's nutrition and promoting physical activity are thus important national health priorities.
Deakin University's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) is a multi-disciplinary research centre recognised internationally for its expertise in nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and obesity.
Our staff have expertise in molecular and cell-biology, biochemistry, nutrition, dietetics, sensory science, exercise science, psychology, social and behavioural science, geography, epidemiology, health promotion and public health.
Our vision: To improve the health of all Australians through nutrition and physical activity research excellence.
Our mission:To conduct high quality, multidisciplinary nutrition and physical activity research to actively inform policy and practice to improve health, and build capacity in nutrition and physical activity research in Australia.
C-PAN is managed by an Executive team comprising the Director, Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford and the two Coordinators from each of C-PAN’s three Research Programs.
The C-PAN Executive is supported by an external Advisory Committee comprising experts in public health, research, government and stakeholder relations, non-government organisations and international research.
C-PAN has strong links with government, non-government organisations and industry and is involved in a number of national and international collaborations.
We have a strong commitment to mentoring and developing early and mid career researchers through an active Visiting Fellows program, regular forums to foster peer support and provide opportunities for early career researchers to discuss their research and career objectives with established researchers, and a mentoring program.