Wednesday 3rd June

The ISBNPA 2015 Annual Meeting will host twelve workshops on Wednesday 3rd June.

You can book for these workshops as part of the registration process.

Workshop 1 - Five Minutes for Behavior Change:  A Strategic Brief Motivational Interviewing Intervention
Full day workshop
Kelli L. Drenner (Stephen F. Austin State University)

What if you only had five minutes to talk with a client about lifestyle change?  Motivational interviewing has been found to be effective in brief sessions for a variety of health behaviors.  This workshop will highlight major advances in our understanding of MI and incorporates the four-process model (engaging, focusing, evoking and planning) introduced by Miller and Rollnick (2013) in the 3rd edition of Motivational Interviewing:  Helping People Change.  

Participants can expect a didactic and experiential workshop that introduces the audience to the underlying spirit and method of motivational interviewing.  Role-playing exercises aimed at practicing the key skill of reflective listening will be emphasized.  Understanding the significance of change talk and tools for eliciting the client's desire, ability, reason and need for change will also be discussed. The workshop will culminate in a potential framework for a brief, 5-minute intervention that develops a clear behavioral focus, enhances motivation and moves the client toward setting an achievable goal. 

Workshop 2 - Building a Successful Mobile Health Research Project: Tools, Methods and Trans-Disciplinary Collaborations
Full day workshop
Heather Patrick (Live Healthier); Melanie Hingle (University of Arizona)

Advances in and proliferation of mobile and wireless (mHealth) technologies have created opportunities for nutrition and physical activity researchers to extend the reach of behavioral interventions and collect unprecedented data in real time. However, challenges remain in how best to leverage these technologies to advance behavioral science and maximize public health gain. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a primer on mHealth research within the context of diet and physical activity interventions for behavior change and maintenance. Guided by international leaders in engineering, medicine, and behavioral nutrition and physical activity, attendees will work in teams to select appropriate mHealth technologies and methods, and integrate them with diet and physical activity assessment and/or intervention within a common case study.

After completing the workshop, attendees will be able to:

- Design mHealth research questions to advance behavioral nutrition and physical activity science

- Identify critical skills and expertise needed for a successful mHealth project

- Choose appropriate mHealth tools and methods to: a) collect and analyze behavioral data; and b) facilitate diet and/or physical activity behavior change

Workshop 3 - Developing and evaluating interventions to reduce and break up sedentary time in adults and older adults
Full day workshop
Paul Gardiner (University of Queensland); Claire Fitzsimons (University of Edinburgh); Jo Salmon (Deakin University); Nanette Mutrie (University of Edinburgh)

Although sedentary time outcomes following physical activity interventions have been reported over the past ten years, the first intervention directly targeting sedentary time in adults was only reported in 2009. Due to the nascent field of research, it is timely to consider the best way to progress the development and evaluation of interventions to reduce and break up prolonged sitting in adults and older adults.

During this didactic and interactive workshop participants will consider:
a.     how sedentary behaviour interventions interact with interventions targeting other behaviours
b.     appropriate research methodologies for evaluating interventions
c.     the importance of Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs) and accurate reporting of intervention elements
d.     evidence based BCTs for interventions
e.     the advantages and disadvantages of subjective and objective measures of sedentary time
f.     measurement of intervention effects to include consideration of total sedentary time and accumulation patterns
g.     issues associated with scaling up interventions for real-world uptake

Workshop 4 - Using technology for community-based advocacy and environmental change: The Community Park Audit Tool App (eCPAT)
Half Day - Morning
Gina Besenyi (University of South Carolina), Andrew T. Kaczynski (University of South Carolina), Jenny Veitch (Deakin University), Sonja A. Wilhelm Stanis (University of Missouri)

The overall goal of this workshop is to describe the importance of, and strategies for, engaging community members, especially youth, in building healthy communities. Given the increasing use of smartphones and other electronic devices, especially among adolescents, leveraging this growth in technology to engage the broader public in evaluating and advocating for healthy community design is imperative.
To highlight this process, this workshop will describe and demonstrate the electronic Community Park Audit Tool (eCPAT app) and its utility for active living health promotion interventions. Specifically, the aims of this workshop are:
1)     To describe the importance of civic engagement and advocacy and the role of technology in fostering healthy community design.
2)     To introduce participants to park audits and the electronic Community Park Audit Tool (eCPAT) app.
3)     To collectively discuss how mobile technology and other electronic tools can be used by researchers and public health professionals for community-based advocacy and environmental change.
Through a visit to a local park, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the eCPAT app and to learn about its utility for both research and community health promotion.  

Workshop 5 - Introduction to the methodology of economic evaluation of behavioural nutrition and physical activity interventions and risk on bias
Half Day - Morning
Marike Hendriks (Maastricht University), Silvia MAA Evers (Trimbos Institute & Maastricht University)

The problem of increasing health expenditures throughout the world has been a focus of the public debate for years. In order to allocate scarce resources more effectively scientific information is needed in which both costs and effects of an intervention are evaluated, preferably at a societal level. Economic evaluation is a technique that is developed to assess costs and benefits of alternative health strategies to provide a framework for decision-makers.

The aim of this workshop is to give an introduction of the theoretical concepts of economic evaluations with the focus on interventions in the area of behavioural nutrition and physical activity. In this workshop the necessity of performing economic evaluation will be discussed, the methods of performing economic evaluation will be lectured, including the limitations and the risk of bias in economic evaluations. After the introductory lectures participants will apply their new knowledge about economic evaluation on a case study in small working groups.

Workshop 6 - Behavior Change: Strengthening the Links between Behavioral Science and Policy
Half Day - Morning
Dawn K. Wilson (University of South Carolina); Susan Michie (University College London); & Pedro J. Teixeira (University of Lisbon)

This workshop will provide an overview of the links between behavioral science and policy.  Professor Michie will present frameworks that are grounded in evidence and theory and which are useful for policy-makers and will demonstrate effective ways of bringing science and policy closer together. She will specifically present two examples of policy inspired science: the Behaviour Change Wheel and Taxonomies of Behavior Change Techniques, illustrated by physical activity and dietary-related examples. Professor Wilson will lead the second session on the importance of cost comparisons and savings to society and translation of effective interventions into community settings. She will discuss the translation of behavioral interventions using the Interactive Systems Framework and will provide examples using physical activity and dietary interventions. Professor Teixeira, the Immediate Past-President of ISBNPA, will lead the third session addressing challenges of promoting evidence-based policies. He will guide a discussion on the role of scientific societies regarding implementing an evidence-based policy agenda. 

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Workshop 7 - Changing sedentary behaviour in different settings
Half Day - Afternoon
Stuart Biddle (Victoria University, Australia), Trish Gorely (University of Stirling, UK) & Stacy Clemes (Loughborough University, UK)

It is important to understand behaviour change across different settings. There are sedentary behaviour studies emerging where prolonged periods of sitting are targeted for children in the school setting, although efficacy and effectiveness have yet to be systematically reported on.
For adults, the workplace provides a setting for prolonged periods of sitting, often in front of a screen. Such interventions have reported meaningful changes in sitting. However, many other issues remain unresolved, including effects on productivity and the acceptability of such changes by employees and employers.
Finally, the most ubiquitous setting for sedentary behaviour is in the home, with both adults and young people engaging in large amounts of sitting, often in front of screens for entertainment and social networking. Fewer studies have targeted families. The home environment provides a particularly challenging environment for reductions in sedentary behaviour.     
This workshop, therefore, will consider intervention possibilities across the three settings of schools, workplaces and homes. Experience will be shared from projects and the wider literature and practical suggestions explored by participants and, through the workshop facilitators, take-home action points will be produced. 

Workshop 8 - Developing and Testing Theory-Based Behavioral Interventions: Example from the Colorado Meaning-based Activity Project (Co-MAP)
Half Day - Afternoon
Kevin S. Masters, Stephanie A. Hooker, & Jennalee S. Wooldridge (all from University of Colorado Denver)

Are you interested in designing an innovative and theory-based intervention for behavior change? This workshop will provide hands-on training in intervention development. Participants will be able to (1) describe stages of developing theory-based interventions; and (2) apply those stages to their area of research or interest. Come learn about theory-based intervention development as we share our recent experiences developing a Self Determination Theory-based intervention that connects individuals' life meaning and purpose to physical activity engagement through interview and e-health applications. The workshop will feature an interactive format including small group discussions, group activities, brainstorming sessions, and completion of a comprehensive workbook on theory-based intervention development.


Workshop 9 - ISBNPA Early Career Researcher Workshop
Full day workshop
Kylie Ball, Erica Hinckson, Mette Rasmussen, Ilse de Bourdeaudhuij, Charlie Foster, David Crawford, Mai Chin-A-Paw, Deanna Hoeschler, Tom Baranowski and others

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 both lecture-style, information sharing and small group discussions. Numbers will be limited so register early!

Workshop 10 - Murphy's law and other reasons why things go wrong in intervention studies
Full day workshop
Stef Kraemer, Kathelijne Bessems, Rik Crutzen, Sanne Gerards, Jessica Gubbels, Geert Rutten & Dave Van Kann (all from Maastricht University) 

The literature reveals many study protocols and effect evaluations of interventions promoting healthy energy balance-related behaviors. However, general challenges, failures and mistakes in developing and studying these interventions are less frequently reported or they are downplayed in publications. As a result, intervention developers and researchers often set too ambitious goals, face similar challenges, and finally find comparable solutions after an extensive process of learning by trial and error.
This workshop focuses on challenges at the various stages of intervention studies in an open atmosphere that facilitates sharing of failures and mistakes; from intervention development to implementation and evaluation. We focus on 1) providing insight into essential steps of the systematic development, implementation and evaluation of interventions 2) providing insight into common challenges during these phases, and 3) sharing experiences with and proposing solutions for dealing with these challenges. The workshop will be led by a team experienced in intervention development and research, using a range of interventions as examples. 

Workshop 11 - Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Workshop
Full day workshop
Melinda Irwin (University of Yale); Jennifer Ligibel (Dana Farber Cancer Institute); Kathryn Schmitz (University of Pennsylvania) 

The primary aim of this transdisciplinary research in energetics and cancer (TREC) workshop is to offer an 8-hour energetics (i.e., physical activity, diet and obesity) and cancer course for postdoctoral students or junior faculty with the long-term goal of increasing the number of researchers who have expertise in energetics and cancer, and enhancing the ability of course participants to pursue successful careers in energetics and cancer.  To our knowledge, no training or educational course on energetics and cancer exists. The course will build upon the TREC Consortium by enhancing the training and educating of scientists to carry out transdisciplinary research focused on energetics and cancer. The long-term goals of this course will also assist in accelerating progress towards understanding the etiology of energetics and cancer by training the next generation of energetics and cancer leaders. Training new leaders will also assist in dissemination and implementation of effective strategies for cancer prevention and control, as they will carry out the translational research to lower the risk, mortality, morbidity and costs associated with cancer.

Workshop 12 - How useful are new technologies in dietary assessment and weight management?
Full day workshop
Victoria Burley & Janet Cade (University of Leeds)

Are you interested in finding out more about the use of new technologies in dietary assessment or in the weight management arena?  How useful are current tools? Are they accurate and valid, and what steps might you need to consider in their development?  In this workshop, a variety of international experts will make presentations concerning these questions, and early career researchers will present some of the very latest findings in the field. Panel discussion of these issues will also lead to the development of guidelines around best practice for the use of new technologies in dietary assessment and weight management.



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