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Stephen Zwolinsky

Stephen Zwolinsky
Contact Details
Stephen Zwolinsky

Research Officer

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 29107 S.Zwolinsky@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Stephen Zwolinsky

Stephen's work examines the disconnect between activity based lifestyle interventions, health behaviour policy and the pathways outlined to deliver on them. His work seeks to implement effective strategies that enable unreached individuals with less than optimal lifestyles to become more active and live more functionally.

His research centres on how to influence population-level shifts in physical activity and lifestyle behaviour change. His work is (i) is pragmatic, (ii) process orientated, (iii) needs driven and (iv) translational, providing integrative approaches that seek to improve public health by helping those communities most in need. Too often, interventions rely the personal motivation of individuals as a tool for engagement and solely peruse this avenue to help address non-engagement. His work explores (i) the social layer of influence, and (ii) system/environmental influences.

To improve people’s health through activity and lifestyle, Stephen’s work seeks to understand more about the progress that people and communities are trying to make within their particular circumstances. Identifying influential levers of change through systems thinking is central to his approach. Using integrative approaches he has produced translational research that has improved public health by helping communities most in need. Further, he has enabled health systems - and key stakeholders within them - to re-align their goals with people and communities to create lifestyle change.

Research Interests

Stephens’s other research interests lay in examining the efficacy of simultaneous versus sequential behaviour change interventions for co-occurring lifestyle risk factors. For simultaneous iterations of these interventions, he is interested in establishing which behaviours to change and establish the optimal number of behaviours an individual can change at any given time. In the case of sequential iterations, his research interests lie in understanding the order in which change needs to occur.

His other research interests include programme implementation and establishing the associations between sedentary behaviour/sitting time and adverse health outcomes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and all-cause mortality.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (10)

  • Vogel C; Zwolinsky S; Griffiths C; Hobbs M; Henderson E; Wilkins E (In press), A Delphi study to build consensus on the definition and use of big data in obesity research. International Journal of Obesity
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  • Zwolinsky S; Kime N; Pringle A; Widdop P; Mckenna J (2018), Designing programmes of physical activity through sport: Learning from a widening participation intervention, 'City of Football'. BMC Public Health
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  • Daly-Smith AJ; Zwolinsky S; Mckenna J; Tomporowski PD; Defeyter M; Manley A (2018), Systematic review of acute physically active learning and classroom movement breaks on children's physical activity, cognition, academic performance and classroom behaviour: understanding critical design features.. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med, vol. 4 (1), p. e000341-e000341.
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  • Zwolinsky S; McKenna J; Pringle A; Widdop P; Griffiths C; Mellis M; Rutherford Z; Collins P (2016), Physical activity and sedentary behaviour clustering: Segmentation to optimise active lifestyles. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 13 (9), p. 921-928.
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  • Zwolinsky S; Raine G; Robertson S (2016), Prevalence, co-occurrence and clustering of lifestyle risk factors among UK men. Journal of Men's Health, vol. 12 (2), p. 15-24.
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  • Zwolinsky S; McKenna J; Pringle A; Widdop P; Griffiths C (2015), Physical activity assessment for public health: efficacious use of the single-item measure. Public Health, vol. 129 (12), p. 1630-1636.
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  • Zwolinsky S; McKenna J; Pringle A; Daly-Smith A; Robertson S; White A (2013), Optimizing lifestyles for men regarded as 'hard-to-reach' through top-flight football/soccer clubs.. Health Educ Res, vol. 28 (3), p. 405-413.
  • Pringle A; Zwolinsky S; McKenna J; Daly-Smith A; Robertson S; White A (2013), Effect of a national programme of men's health delivered in English Premier League football clubs. Public Health, vol. 127 (1), p. 18-26.
  • Zwolinsky S; Pringle A; Daly-Smith A; McKenna J; Robertson S; White A (2012), Associations between daily sitting time and the combinations of lifestyle risk factors in men. Journal of Men's Health, vol. 9 (4), p. 261-267.
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  • Pringle A; Zwolinsky S; Smith AJW; Robertson S; McKenna J; White A (2011), The pre-adoption demographic and health profiles of men participating in a programme of men's health delivered in English Premier League Football Clubs. Public Health, vol. 125 (7), p. 411-416.

Chapters (1)

  • Zwolinsky S; McKenna J; Pringle A (2016) How can the health system benefit from increasing participation in sport, exercise and physical activity?. In: Zwolinsky S; McKenna J; Pringle A Sports-Based Health Interventions: Case studies from Around the World. London: Springer, pp. .
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