WELL Study

Wellbeing, Eating and Exercise for a Long Life study

About the study

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 research team

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.

Ethical guidelines

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.

Funding for the WELL study

The study is funded by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust and the Australian Research Council.

Have your details changed?

It is important to the success of the WELL study that we keep in contact with as many participants as possible.

If you are a participant in the WELL study and have changed your name, address, telephone number or email address please send your new details to the address below.

Contact us

If you require further information or are already involved in this study and need to change your details, please contact us at well@deakin.edu.au.

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