Public Health & Active Lifestyles

Promoting an active lifestyle remains the single most effective way society can encourage physical and mental wellbeing and reduce loneliness and social isolation. The Public Health and Active Lifestyles Working Group aims to identify, share and promote awareness of existing evaluated programmes.

A Message from the Chair

Duane Newton

Duane Newton

Duane Newton, Health & Wellbeing programme manager at the ASA

I am delighted to chair the Public Health & Active Lifestyles group and look forward to building on the positive progress made over the last three years. Together with the support of the ever growing membership we will work together to enable older people to live a fun, healthy and active lifestyle by.

  • Identifying cost effective practical approaches that support and enable an active lifestyle.
  • Encouraging members / organisations to adopt evaluated programmes – on their own or in partnership.
  • Collecting the evidence to present and influence the health professional world.

Current Focus

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An active lifestyle involves keeping physically and mentally active, eating a healthy diet, not smoking, drinking in moderation, pursuing one or a number of interests and leading a sociable life.

Through the work and research of the Group we aim to identify cost effective practical approaches that support and enable such a lifestyle. To achieve this aim The Public Health and Active Lifestyles Working Group consists of representatives of organisations with a wide range of interests and expertise, older people themselves, and researchers.

We encourage organisations to adopt evaluated programmes – on their own or in partnership – and to review the evidence base to influence the new Health and Well-Being and Commissioning structures in order to promote active lifestyles nationwide. As an underlying theme the Group has decided to use the principles identified within 5 Ways to Health and Wellbeing

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Keeping active pays off even in your 70s and 80s

Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research has revealed. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reinforce the need for exercise programmes to help older people stay active. It could […]