Sedentary Behavior: Implications for Health and Wellness

Presented By Jerrod Brown, PhD
Jerrod Brown, PhD

3 Hours | 3 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Sedentary Behavior: Implications for Health and Wellness is presented by Jerrod Brown, Ph.D. as part of the Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate.

Sedentary behavior is defined as any waking behavior characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs) while in a sitting, reclining, or lying posture. Sedentary behaviors are a threat to emotional, cognitive, social, and physical health.

This program explores sedentary lifestyle effects, including the negative effects on lifestyle and mental health. Possible causes and contributing factors for sedentary behavior in behavioral health populations, along with the causes and consequences associated with a sedentary lifestyle, are discussed. This program covers implications for screening, interviewing, and intervention. Empirically based research findings are highlighted throughout this program.

Relevant topics covered include:

  • Negative lifestyle effects and risky health behaviors
  • Psychological distress and toxic stress
  • Hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction
  • Therapeutic lifestyle changes
  • Health-promoting behaviors
  • Problematic coping strategies
  • Chronic low-grade inflammation
  • Excessive screen time exposure
  • Metabolic dysfunction
  • Gut-brain health dysfunction
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Alexithymia

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe sedentary behavior and other related constructs

Describe unhealthy lifestyles and risky health behaviors

Describe the causes and consequences associated with sedentary behavior

Describe screening and intervention techniques and approaches for clients who live a sedentary lifestyle

Describe relevant and up-to-date research findings


Presented By

Jerrod Brown, PhD

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consu...


1. Introduction

2. Sedentary Behaviors

3. Clinical Considerations

4. Special Populations

5. Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Considerations

6. Screening Considerations

7. Intervention Considerations

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