Exercise and Health: A Layperson’s Guide

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A Layperson’s Guide This book is a collection of short papers and articles about the role of exercise in promoting health and wellbeing. It represents a written response to the many questions asked by students, health professionals, public audiences, readers and viewers during the author’s many years in academia, worldwide conference presentations, television and radio broadcasting, and freelance journalism.

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Professor Kevin Sykes Exercise and Health – A Layperson’s Guide This book is a collection of short papers and articles about the role of exercise in promoting health and wellbeing. It represents a written response to the many questions asked by students, health professionals, public audiences, readers and viewers during the author’s many years in academia, worldwide conference presentations, television and radio broadcasting, and freelance journalism.

About the Author

Professor Kevin Sykes PhD, MSc, Cert Ed, DASE, DPE, FHEA. Kevin Sykes is Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health and Workplace Fitness at the University of Chester. He previously held the posts of Dean of International Development and Director of the Postgraduate Centre for Exercise and Nutrition Science (CENS) where he developed MSc courses in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Weight Management and Exercise & Nutrition Science – delivered in Chester, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Dublin.

He has worked closely with surgeons, physicians and other health professionals researching the effects of physical activity and healthy nutrition on prevention and rehabilitation from chronic diseases. Professor Sykes has been a member of several Home Office Committees and Working Parties for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Firefit, Ambulance and Prison Services and has worked for many years with international fire and rescue services, police forces, multinational industries and corporate organisations to promote occupational health and wellbeing.

He is a former member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity, the Westminster Diet and Health Forum, a Trustee of the National Obesity Forum, 2007 Scientific Chair of the British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He was the author of the Fitech Step Test, a forerunner to the Chester Aerobic Fitness Tests (Chester Step Test, Chester Treadmill Walk Test and Chester Cycle Test) which are now used worldwide in clinical and workplace settings for medico-fitness assessments.

Professor Sykes is the author of 11 books, including a highly successful Penguin paperback, has published over 150 papers in scientific & professional journals and is a television and radio broadcaster, conference and public speaker.