Department of Health Promotion and Exercise
Increasing numbers of people with lifestyle-related diseases, metabolic syndrome and locomotive syndrome has become a significant social problem as these diseases would affect one's healthy life expectancy and QOL. Our department undertakes research to explore scientific evidence for prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, metabolic syndrome and locomotive syndrome by increasing quantity of physical activity and exercise.
Section of Exercise Guideline
This aims to provide scientific eviddence necessary to future revision of the "Exercise and Physical Activity Reference for Health Promotion (EPAR) 2013” and “Active Guide (Physical activity guidelines)”, which show the required quantity of physical activity and exercise for prevention of lifestyle-related diseases (diabetes, myocardial infarction), cancer as well as deterioration of vital functional (e.g. dementia, locomotive syndrome).
For which, academic papers published worldwide are systematically collected and analyzed (systematic review, meta-analysis), so as to explore the interaction between genetic factors and environmental ones. Furthermore, we undertake a large-scale randomized control study with 1,000 participants to examine the effects of intervention to increase the quantity of physical activity for health promotion.
"Exercise and Physical Activity Reference for Health Promotion 2006
(EPAR2006) - Physical activity, exercise and fitness (English, Chinese,
"Exercise and Physical Activity Guide for Health Promotion 2006 (English, Chinese, Korean)".
Section of Phyiscal Activity Assessment
This section develops assessment methods for physical activity and physical fitness, and undertakes epidemiological research on physical activity. In particular, our research aims to develop various assessment methods for physical activity, as well as to establish accurate and rapid methods to measure physical fitness, which are necessary to conduct physical activity and exercise survey at the National Health and Nutrition Survey, and to formulate the “Exercise and Physical Activity Reference for Health Promotion (EPAR)” and the “Active Guide”. In addition, we undertakes large-scaled cohort studies, either community- or worksite-based, to explore association between physical activity and exercise habits, and development of lifestyle-related diseases and cancer, as well as health problems such as locomotive syndrome, depression and dementia, so as to establish evidence that would contribute to health promotion of the Japanese people.