Assoc Prof Jason Bennie
|Position||Associate Professor (Public Health)|
|Section||Centre for Health Research (Operations)|
|Phone||+61 7 3812 6189|
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 75 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.
Regular muscle-strengthening exercise, such as bodyweight exercises and/or using weight machines, is linked to optimal health and well-being. However, most Australian adults do not do enough muscle-strengthening exercise. The Muscle-strengthening Exercise Epidemiology Theme has four areas of research focus, which address key current knowledge gaps that are fundamental to advancing the science of muscle-strengthening exercise epidemiology.
1. Health: What is the optimal dose of muscle-strengthening exercise for health?
2. Measurement: How to best assess muscle-strengthening exercise in health surveillance?
3. Determinants: What are the key influences on muscle-strengthening exercise?
4. Translation: How to scale up muscle-strengthening exercise to the population level?
Bennie, J.A., Shakespear-Druery, J. & De Cocker, K. Muscle-strengthening Exercise Epidemiology: a New Frontier in Chronic Disease Prevention. Sports Med - Open 6, 40 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-020-00271-w
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). The epidemiology of muscle-strengthening activity among adolescents from 28 European countries. Scand. J. Public Health. doi: 10.1177/14034948211031392.
Brellenthin A, Lee DC, Bennie JA et al (2021). Resistance exercise, alone and in combination with aerobic exercise, and obesity in Dallas, Texas, US: A prospective cohort study. PLOS Medicine. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1003687.
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:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2021.01.002
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22986
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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0797-2.
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2018.07.022.
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
Shakespear-Druery, Jane and De Cocker, Katrien and Biddle, StuartORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 and Gavilan-Carrera, Blanca and Segura-Jimenez, Victor and Bennie, JasonORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8668-8998 (2021) Assessment of muscle-strengthening exercise in public health surveillance for adults: a systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 148:106566. ISSN 0091-7435
Tittlbach, Susanne A. and Hoffman, Sacha W. and Bennie, Jason A.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8668-8998 (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: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8668-8998 and De Cocker, Katrien and Duncan, Mitch J. (2021) 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, 7 (2). pp. 281-288. ISSN 2352-7218
Bennie, Jason A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8668-8998 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
Castro, Oscar and Vergeer, InekeORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6560-9023 and Bennie, JasonORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8668-8998 and Biddle, Stuart J. H.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 (2021) Feasibility of reducing and breaking up university students' sedentary behaviour: pilot trial and process evaluation. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:661994.