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Andy Jones - University of East Anglia. Norwich, , GB

Andy Jones Andy Jones

Honorary Professorial Fellow | University of East Anglia


His research explores how physical & social environments affect issues such as healthy lifestyles, obesity & health prevention activities.






UEA study finds dog walking can keep owners healthy in later life




Andy Jones is Professor of Public Health in Norwich Medical School at UEA. His research explores how physical and social environments affect issues such as healthy lifestyles, obesity and health prevention activities. He has investigated aspects such as the impact of living near green spaces and the environmental conditions that can determine accidental injuries. In addition, he looks at the links between location/geography and public health (for example: access to cancer treatment based on where people live). He has also explored the link between dog-walking and health.

Andy is a lead scientist in the Centre for Diet and Physical Activity Behaviours (CEDAR), a national centre of excellence funded by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. He has been a member of an expert panel looking at the role of community approaches for obesity prevention. He is a Member of the Association for the Study of Obesity and of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Environments and Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyles

Environmental Sciences

Public Health

Health Prevention Activities

Education (2)

University of East Anglia: Ph.D., Environmental Sciences 1996

University of East Anglia: B.Sc., Environmental Sciences 1992

Media Appearances (5)

The healing power of gardens: As the virtual Chelsea Flower Show starts, how intensive care patients recover more quickly in life-enhancing fresh air

Daily Mail  online


Professor Jones says: 'Whether the mood-lifting benefits come from being in contact with nature or being exposed to beneficial soil bacteria, being outdoors helps our immune systems work well.'

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We Asked A Scientist Why Coronavirus Transmission Is So Much Lower In London Than Other Parts Of England

HuffPost  online


Good question. According to Andy Jones, a professor in public health at the University of East Anglia and a member of the university’s epidemiology research group, there are a number of things that could be behind this. “London was much worse hit in the early stages of the epidemic,” Jones said. “So you would expect for a number of reasons that places that were hardest hit early on will recover the quickest.

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How Norwich achieved lowest coronavirus death rates in England

Independent  online


“It is excellent news but I think largely it can be put down to pre-existing structural factors, rather than Norwich deviating too widely from the national approach,” says Professor Andy Jones, a lead researcher at Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia.

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This university has introduced dog walking sessions to help students de-stress

Cosmopolitan  online


Professor Andy Jones from Norwich Medical School, who conducted research on pet therapy, told The Telegraph that pet are a brilliant way to improve not only your physical wellbeing, but mental too. He said: "Our studies have shown that dog walking helps people to maintain their physical activity levels. In addition it is known that there is wide range of social and mental health benefits."

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New UEA study proves dog walking benefits physical health in old age

Norwich Evening News  online


Project lead Prof Andy Jones, from UEA’s Norwich School of Medicine, said: “We were amazed to find that dog walkers were on average more physically active and spent less time sitting on the coldest, wettest, and darkest days than non-dog owners were on long, sunny, and warm summer days.

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