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Nutrition and physical activity are known to be key elements of a healthy lifestyle and may impact substantially on the quality of life among older adults. Research suggests that older adults consume too few fruits and vegetable and many are not sufficiently active to achieve good health. However, we know little about what influences eating and physical activity behaviours particularly among this age group. The findings from this study will help us to develop programs and policies to promote healthy eating and physical activity among older adults.
The WELL study will be conducted over three years (2010-2012). In 2010, adults aged 55-65 years living in urban and rural areas of Victoria will be asked to complete a postal survey about their physical activity and eating behaviours. Participants will then be followed up with a survey in 2012 to examine changes in weight, eating and physical activity behaviours that may have occurred over the length of the study.
The study is being conducted by a research team at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood. The study is being led by Dr Sarah McNaughton, Professor David Crawford, Associate Professor Kylie Ball and Professor Jo Salmon.
This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies. The ethics aspects of this research project have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Deakin University.
If you require further information, please contact Dr Sarah McNaughton.
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood, Victoria 3125 Australia