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Move for Life 2018

The Move for Life research team brings together expertise from sport and exercise science, health, psychology, implementation science and the community who will work collaboratively with the HSE HaPAI Steering Group (that consists of key stakeholders from Strategic Planning and Transformation and Healthy Eating and Active Living in the HSE; Sport Ireland; Age and Opportunity; Age Friendly Ireland; Healthy Ireland, HaPAI and Research Services Unit from the Department of Health and a Consultant Geriatrician). The University of Limerick, the National University of Ireland Galway, Limerick and Clare Local Sports Partnerships, Age and Opportunity, Limerick City and County Council, Healthy Limerick and the Health Services Executive are all combining forces to tackle this complex challenge. The study commenced in January 2018 and is due to be completed at the end of September 2019.

The National Physical Activity Guidelines state that all Adults should be active for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week, or 150 minutes a week with a focus on aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening and balance. Yet few meet these physical activity guidelines, including at least 63% and 57% of individuals in Counties Limerick and Clare respectively.  Being active has significant benefits for health and wellbeing. There is significant evidence that meeting the physical activity guidelines promotes wellbeing, physical and mental health, prevents disease, improves quality of life and has economic, social and cultural benefits. Being inactive has significant consequences. 

The purpose of Move For Life is to test if broadening the reach of professionals (in this case, the Local Sports Partnership tutors) to the participants (adults 50+ who are currently not meeting the physical activity guidlines or who are inactive) via peer mentor support (Move For Life programme) is feasible and has any potential for impact.  Professor Catherine Woods says, “We think it will work by empowering non-professional members of a community, using a ‘train the trainer model’, to teach behavioural skills and provide informational and social support to their peers”.  

The study was officially launched in the University of Limerick on Monday 30th April 2018 by Catherine Byrne, TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy and by Professor Desmond Fitzgerald, President of University of Limerick. Speaking at the ‘Move For Life’, Launch Minister Byrne said, “I’m delighted to launch this research study and very much look forward to seeing its results. This programme not only encourages people to become more active, it also empowers them to become influencers within their own communities, something which could lead to considerable positive public health implications.”

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Professor Liam Glynn (Professor of General Practice, Graduate Entry Medical School, UL Co-Applicant), Professor Desmond Fitzgerald (President of UL), Catherine Byrne (Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy) and Professor Catherine Woods (Chair, Physical Activity and Health, Health Research Institute, UL and Lead Applicant)

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Members of the wider Move for Life Study Team led by Professor Catherine Woods (Chair, Physical Activity and Health, Health Research Institute, UL and Lead Applicant) including members of the HSE Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative Steering Group with Professor Desmond Fitzgerald (President of UL) and Catherine Byrne (Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy)

The study is now OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT so if you are over 50 years old (or have a family member who may be interested) and are living the Limerick or Clare region, are currently physically inactive and would like to become more active – PLEASE CONTACT THE STUDY TEAM in Limerick on 061 333600 (www.limericksports.ie) or in Clare on 065 6865434 (www.claresports.ie) or see the study website, https://moveforlife.ie/click-to-register/.