Grant success: exploring the place of sedentary behaviour

Issued: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:48:00 BST

Cindy Gray and Sally Wyke of the School of Social & Political Sciences and the Institute of Health and Wellbeing have been awarded £78,210 from the Medical Research Council led Ageing and Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme.

Older adults who are more physically active and less sedentary generally live longer and have higher quality of life. Cindy and Sally's work will explore the place of sedentary behaviour in older people's lives, how important it is to them, what they are doing when sedentary and will identify potential opportunities to decrease the amount of time they spend sitting down.

It is part of a larger Scotland-wide programme of work: Seniors USP (Understanding Sedentary Patterns) led by Professor Dawn Skelton of Glasgow Caledonian University and including the University of Edinburgh. Seniors USP aims to develop a theoretical and evidence-base to inform future interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults by encouraging them to sit less.

Other University of Glasgow researchers involved in Seniors USP are Naveed Sattar and Jason Gill of the Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine.

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