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News from 2015

  • The LiveWell team hosted two Engagement Events at the Centre for Life on Thursday 5th of February 2015.  The first event was for Stakeholders, attended by senior representatives from a range of organisations such as the MRC, Older peoples Forums, Age UK, all the North East Councils and NHS Primary Care Trusts. The second event was attended by members of the public who had participated in the Pilot Study and by volunteers from VoiceNorth who had attended the LiveWell Co-Design Workshops. Further information about the event can be found in the Events Section.
  • The Randomised Controlled Pilot Study on the LEAP intervention was completed at the end of 2014 and in total 75 participants were recruited from Tyneside and Teeside.  Six companies took part, Metro Trains, Tesco Distribution, SABIC Petrochemicals, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council and HMRC.  Out of the 75 recruits, 50 were randomised to the LEAP intervention and 25 to the NHS Choices website for Living Well.  In January 2015 the data collected from LEAP and the Healthy Ageing Phenotype battery of tests was analysed and the outcomes were presented at the final engagement events in February 2015.  The LiveWell demo site is available to access, however it is currently technically unsupported should any problems arise.  The site can be accessed by following this link

 News from 2014

  • The LiveWell team have developed an intervention package known as "LEAP" (Lifestyle, Eating, Activity & Planning) which provides integrated and personalised intervention advice and support to enhance healthy ageing through greater physical activity, better eating patterns and wider, and more meaningful, social interactions.  The LEAP interactive website aims to help individual users to consider, plan, set and act on personal goals, monitors progress towards those goals and helps participants to overcome barriers to behaviour change. 
  • The LiveWell team are about to undertake a pilot randomised controlled trial of LEAP, with the aim to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of this web-based lifestyle intervention for people in the retirement transition. Recruitment of 90 participants will be undertaken via employers in the North East, aiming to recruit people within 2 years of retirement or 2 years following retirement. 
  • LiveWell have designed this pilot study to collect information on the acceptability, feasibility and compliance with the Healthy Ageing Phenotype (HAP) battery assessment procedures, when used as outcome measures with the LEAP platform.
  • Members of the LiveWell team are taking part in the 2014 ISBNPA Conference in San Diego from the 21st - 25th of May.  Dr Falko Sniehotta has been invited to be a keynote speaker and will present on "Changing physical activity and dietary behaviours: conceptual and empirical analyses of initiation and maintenance".  In addition, other team members will delivery short oral presentations and posters.

News from 2013

  • LiveWell have conducted comprehensive systematic reviews of current research evidence in three key areas targeting health and wellbeing in peri-retirement.  They have produced the research evidence required to design and develop interventions to support three lifestyle modules: physical activity, eating well and social relationships as there is currently, little evidence about interventions which successfully produce appropriate changes in such behaviours.
  1. The Physical Activity Systematic Review has now been published in BMC Medicine entitled: "Are behavioural interventions effective in increasing physical activity at 12 to 36 months in adults aged 55 to 70.  A systematic review and meta-analysis". Link to publication.
  2. The Social Roles Systematic Review has been published in the Millbank Quarterly entitled: "Supporting Well-being in Retirement through meaningful social roles". Link to publication.
  3. The Dietary Systematic Review has now been published in BMC Medicine entitled:"Effectiveness of dietary interventions among adults of retirement age: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials".  Link to publication.
  • In June 2013 members of the LiveWell research team attended the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Annual Conference in Seoul, Korea where they delivered the s2 presentations - "Narrative on retirement transitions, later life and wellbeing: implications for intervention development.  Link to abstract, 1 please see below.  “LiveWell-Developing interventions to improve health and wellbeing in later life”.  Link to abstract 2 please see below.
  • The Human Nutrition Research Centre at Newcastle University hosted the Nutrition Society summer meeting in July 2013.  Members of the LiveWell team presented two studies:-
  1. The effect of behaviour change techniques on interventions promoting components of a Mediterranean diet among adults of retirement age. Link to abstract 3, please see below.
  2. Development of a web-based recipe database for use in promotion of the Mediterranean diet among older adults in the UK. Link to abstract 4, please see below.
  1. A Co-Design Workshop for Stakeholders (representatives from the Regional Borough Councils, Public Health Specialists, NHS Foundation Trusts and Business Services Authority, Age UK, Quality of Life Partnership and the Stroke Association), where the Director and Principal Investigators of LiveWell summarised the evidence base for the LiveWell intervention package - the Lifestyle, Eating, Activity and Planning (LEAP) package and delivered an interactive demonstration.
  2. A Co-Design Workshop for VoiceNorth participants, at which the LiveWell team took the participants through a series of activities which allowed them to interact with LEAP and to use tools measuring aspects of healthy ageing.

News from 2012

  • LiveWell hosted the (Bio) Markers of Health Ageing Workshop in October 2012 at Newcastle University.  The aim of the work was to identify (Bio) markers of healthy ageing which are suitable for use with human study participants. Our guiding principals were functionality and pragmatism; i.e. we focussed on those (bio) markers which characterise/measure important functions subject to deterioration during ageing and for which there are robust, readily applied tools/instruments for their assessment.
  • LiveWell hosted the Health Ageing Phenotype (HAP) Workshop in October 2012 at Newcastle University. The overall aim of the Workshop was to produce a pragmatic definition of the HAP and to identify a minimum set of standardized measures to assess the different components which characterise the HAP.  Around 50 experts by invitation from the USA, Europe and the UK, experts in a number of different areas but all sharing an interest in the field, attended these Workshops. 
  • LiveWell also hosted a Co-Design Workshop in November 2012 at Newcastle University.  The overall aim of the Workshop was to come up with ideas for internet-based lifestyle services to support people in the retirement transition period to be more active, to eat well and to feel personally fulfilled through activities or being part of a community.  The Workshop engaged with end users in the research process to generate initial ideas for intervention development by eliciting feedback on the guideline principles, to get people thinking about the peri-retirement period and the diversity of people experiencing this by using personas and story boarding.

Abstract Links below from Conferences mentioned above.

Link to abstract 1 PDF 178Kb

Narrative on retirement transitions, later life, and wellbeing: implications for intervention development.

Link to Abstract 2 PDF 174Kb

LiveWell: Developing interventions to improve health and wellbeing in later life.  Integrating evidence with co-design methods to develop prototype interventions in later life".

Link to abstract 3 PDF 156Kb

The effect of behaviour change techniques on interventions promoting components of a Mediterranean diet among adults of retirement age.

Link to abstract 4 PDF 161Kb

Development of a web-based recipe database for use in promotion of the Mediterranean diet among older adults in the UK