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Assoc Prof Jason Bennie

Assoc Prof Jason Bennie
Name Jason Bennie
Position Associate Professor (Public Health)
Section Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Office (Research and Innovation)
Office 322a
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4136
Extension 4136
Qualifications PhD Deakin

Assoc Prof Jason Bennie leads Muscle-strengthening Exercise Epidemiology Theme within the Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group, at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2011, Jason was awarded a PhD in Physical Activity Epidemiology from Deakin University. Jason has worked at USQ since 2017 and has previously held positions at Victoria University (2014-2016), University of Sydney (2012-2014), and Baker Heart Institute (2010-2012). Assoc Prof Bennie's research focus is on physical activity and public health. With a particular emphasis on muscle-strengthening exercise for chronic disease prevention/management. Jason has published has 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, including first author publications in high-impact journals: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; Depression and Anxiety; Journal of Affective Disorders, American Journal of Preventive Medicine; Journal of Hypertension; and Obesity.

Research interests
Assoc Prof Bennie’s research focus is on physical activity epidemiology, with particular emphasis on muscle-strengthening exercise for chronic disease prevention/management. His research from Australia, the US, Germany, U.K, and South Korea has been key in providing the first evidence on the trends, prevalence, and correlates of muscle-strengthening exercise within those countries. Assoc Prof Bennie has secured industry funding from Fitness Australia, and the Ministry of Education and Culture, in Finland. He regularly provides interviews to media outlets including ABC Radio National Health Report, New York Times, The Conversation, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Assoc Prof Bennie’s research program has four main themes:
i. ‘Health’: What is the optimal dose of muscle-strengthening exercise for health?
ii. ‘Measurement’: How to best assess muscle-strengthening exercise in health surveillance?
iii. ‘Determinants’: What are the key influences on muscle-strengthening exercise?
iv. ‘Translation’: How to scale up muscle-strengthening exercise to the population-level?

Industry affiliations
Project Leader: The FIT & WELL Study (FITness industry, public health and WELLbeing study) collaborating with Fitness Australia.

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (CHIER)

Research most recent
Bennie JA et al (2021) Dose-dependent Associations of Joint Aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise with Obesity: a Cross-sectional Study of 280,605 Adults. J Sport Health Sci. doi:

Bennie, JA et al. (2020). The epidemiology of muscle-strengthening exercise in Europe: A 28-country comparison including 280,605 adults. PLOS ONE.

Bennie JA, et al (2020) Associations of Muscle-strengthening and Aerobic Exercise with Self-reported Components of Sleep Health Among a Nationally Representative Sample of 47,564 US Adults. Sleep Health.

Research most notable
Bennie JA, et al (2019). Joint and Dose-dependent Associations Between Aerobic and Muscle-strengthening Activity With Depression: a Cross-sectional Study of 1.48 Million Adults Between 2011 and 2017. Depression and Anxiety.

Bennie JA, et al (2019). Muscle-strengthening, aerobic exercise and obesity: a pooled analysis of 1.7 million U.S. adults. Obesity. doi:10.1002/22673.

Bennie JA, et al (2019). The epidemiology of aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity guideline adherence among 383,928 U.S. adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2019;16(1):34.

Bennie JA, et al., (2018) Muscle-Strengthening Exercise Among 397,423 U.S. Adults: Prevalence, Correlates, and Associations With Health Conditions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Bennie JA, et al., (2017) Self-reported health-enhancing physical activity guideline adherence among 64,380 Finnish adults and older adults. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. doi:10.1111/sms.12863.

Bennie JA et al., (2016) Pumping Iron in Australia: Prevalence, Trends and Sociodemographic Correlates of Muscle Strengthening Activity Participation from a National Sample of 195,926 Adults. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153225. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153225.

Bennie JA, et al., (2013) The prevalence and correlates of sitting in European adults - a comparison of 32 Eurobarometer-participating countries. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-107

Publications in ePrints

Tittlbach, Susanne A. and Hoffman, Sacha W. and Bennie, Jason A.ORCID: (2021) Association of meeting both muscle strengthening and aerobic exercise guidelines with prevalent overweight and obesity classes - results from a nationally representative sample of German adults. European Journal of Sport Science. ISSN 1746-1391

Bennie, Jason A. ORCID: and Ding, Ding and De Cocker, Katrien (2021) Dose-dependent associations of joint aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise with obesity: A cross-sectional study of 280,605 adults. Journal of Sport and Health Science. pp. 1-8. ISSN 2095-2546

De Cocker, Katrien and Ketels, Margo and Bennie, Jason A.ORCID: and Clays, Els (2021) Is device-based total and domain-specific sedentary behaviour associated with psychological distress in Flemish workers? European Journal of Public Health, 31 (1). pp. 151-156. ISSN 1101-1262

Pinidiyapathirage, Janani ORCID: and Kasthuriratne, Anuradhani and Bennie, Jason A.ORCID: and Pathmeswaran, Arunasalam and Biddle, Stuart J. H.ORCID: and de Silva, Hithanadura Janaka and Chackrewarthy, Sureka and Dassanayake, Anuradha S. and Ranawaka, Udaya and Kato, Norihiro and Wickremasinghe, Ananda Rajitha (2021) Physical activity tracking among Sri Lankan adults: findings from a 7-year follow-up of the Ragama Health Study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1010-5395

Bennie, Jason A. ORCID: and De Cocker, Katrien and Tittlbach, Susanne (2021) The epidemiology of muscle‐strengthening and aerobic physical activity guideline adherence among 24,016 German adults. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1600-0838

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