Wellbeing, Eating and Exercise for a Long Life (WELL) Study

Nutrition and physical activity are known to be key elements of a healthy lifestyle and may substantially affect the quality of life of older adults. Research suggests that older adults consume too few fruits and vegetables and may not be sufficiently active to achieve good health. The findings from this study will help us to develop programs and policies to promote healthy heating and physical activity among older adults.


About the study

The WELL study is an ongoing longitudinal cohort study that examines the nutrition and physical activity behaviours of Australian adults. In 2010, adults aged 55-65 who lived in urban and rural areas of Victoria were asked to complete questionnaires that covered a range of potential influences on eating and physical activity behaviours.

The participants were re-contacted in 2012 and 2014 using the same procedures and protocols. The WELL study also investigated the impact of lifestyle factors on cardiovascular risk factors, cognitive function and depression. Further research is being planned to examine how nutrition and physical activity impact on healthy ageing.

The WELL study is 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, and has been funded by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust and the Australian Research Council.


The big challenge facing those who have just retired or are approaching retirement is to remain healthy and enjoy a good quality of life as they age. This study will help us to understand the critical role for nutrition and physical activity and how we can promote healthy lifestyles in this group.

Associate Professor Sarah McNaughton

Lead Investigator


The research team

The study is led by Associate Professor Sarah McNaughton, Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, Alfred Deakin Professor Kylie Ball and Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon and conducted by a research team at Deakin's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Contact us

Wellbeing, Eating and Exercise for a Long Life (WELL) Study 
Email the WELL research team