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Assoc Prof Jason Bennie

Name Jason Bennie
Position Associate Professor (Public Health)
Section Centre for Health Research (Operations)
Office 322a
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3812 6189
Extension 6189
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 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.

Research interests
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?

Further reading:
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).

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). 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:

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

Shakespear-Druery, Jane and De Cocker, Katrien and Biddle, StuartORCID: and Gavilan-Carrera, Blanca and Segura-Jimenez, Victor and Bennie, JasonORCID: (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: (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 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: 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: and Bennie, JasonORCID: and Biddle, Stuart J. H.ORCID: (2021) Feasibility of reducing and breaking up university students' sedentary behaviour: pilot trial and process evaluation. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:661994.

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