The Centre for Diet Activity and Research is a Cambridge-based centre for research, which investigates dietary and physical activity related behaviour, ultimately aiming to influence these behaviours among the wider population. CEDAR also develops public health intervention and contributes to public health practice and policy. The organisation, which is funded through the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, has been appointed a Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research.
One of the beliefs underpinning CEDAR’s work is that our dietary and physical behaviour is both influenced by the external world, and in turn has an impact on it – for example, if our diets are unsustainable, or we rely on a lot on fuel-burning transport, this will negatively affect the environment around us. CEDAR hopes to improve the way we impact our environment through its life-course research programmes on diet and activity.