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Framgangsfyrirlestur - Professor Jose M. Saavedra

  • 7.9.2015, 14:00 - 15:00
The promotion to full professor is an important milestone in every academic's career. Inaugural lectures give the new professor the opportunity to present their research interests to their colleagues and the public.

Professor Jose M. Saavedra will present his inaugural lecture titled "Physical activity, exercise and health. Intervention and promotion in children" Monday September 7th at 2 pm in room M209.


Jose M Saavedra did his Bachelor's and Doctorate degree in Sports Science at the Universidade da Coruña. He was Technical Director of the swimming pool sports club “Club Fluvial de Lugo” during five years. Later he joined the University of Extremadura. During 15 years he has taught subjects connected principally to “Sport coaching & performance” and “Physical Activity & health” at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. He has supervised five PhD thesis and eight MSc thesis. Also, he has participated in various national and regional projects both as researcher and as principal investigator. He has published more than 60 papers, 36 of them in high-impact peer-reviewed international journals (ISI journals). Also, he was Guest Editor in two Special Issue in Journal of Human Kinetics and Current Aging Science and he is referee in 16 high-impact peer-reviewed international journals


Well documented research demonstrates the negative effects of high levels of inactivity and the beneficial effects of physical activity on health and well-being in the long term. Also evidence is accumulating that health and well-being in adulthood originates from childhood behavior and lifestyle. Current guidelines recommend that children and youth people (5-17 years) should engage in 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity mainly aerobic and moderate or vigorous in intensity. Furthermore it is also recommended that children participate in activities that strengthen the musculoskeletal system at least three times a week. Worryingly, only 27% of all girls and 40% of all boys follow these recommendations. So, the prevalence of the obesity is increasing (20% in Iceland on 2013) but is it possible to change this tendency? How many physical activity or exercise is necessary to improve the health? Is it the same in obese children or normal weight children? Which is the role of the schools? This questions will be analyzed in the lecture. Also, the personal vision about research and future proposals will be shown.

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