Appetite for health rewarded

Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford is named a Fellow of the ISBNPA.

Housework a menial mental chore

Research shows that dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing the bath generate exertion and physical health benefits yet bring no mental health rewards.

Fellowship targets active ageing

ARC Future Fellowship allows Professor Ester Cerin to facilitate active ageing.

WELL Study

Wellbeing, Eating and Exercise for a Long Life study

FAQs

What questions are being asked?

The study will ask about a range of factors that may influence eating and physical activity behaviours, obesity and quality of life. Personal factors covered in the study include knowledge about healthy eating and physical activity, attitudes towards eating and activity and motivation to eat well and be active. Social factors measured include support for healthy eating and physical activity from family or friends, social networks and participation in community activities. Environmental factors measured in the study include access to recreational facilities, perception of the local neighbourhood and availability of public transport. The study will also ask about a range of other factors that may be important to health such as education and other health behaviours including smoking.

How were the participants selected?

Participants have been randomly selected from 42 urban and 42 rural suburbs across Victoria. The contact details are provided by the Australian electoral roll with permission from the Australian Electoral Commission.

What are the possible benefits and risks to participants?

We cannot guarantee or promise that you will receive any benefits from this project. Due to the voluntary nature of the research and the content of the survey there are no foreseen risks, side effects or discomforts associated with participating in this research. There are no consequences for choosing not to participate. There are also no consequences for choosing to withdraw from the study, and this can be done at any time.

Is participation voluntary?

Participation in any research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage at which point any information obtained from you will not be used and will be destroyed.

What about privacy?

All information provided to us will remain completely anonymous. Completed surveys will be identified only by a number. All information will be used for research purposes only, will be held in confidence and will be stored securely for a period of six years at Deakin University. The survey has been coded by a number so that we can send follow-up reminder letters to those who have not returned the questionnaire.

My friend would like to join the WELL study. Can you send them a survey?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. We are unable to accept any new people into our study as we the nature of our study means we need to follow the same people that we originally invited into the study.

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1st October 2014