Walk with Me Study

In the Walk with Me Study, researchers are developing new methods to engage older adults in regular physical activity.  Physical activity provides numerous benefits for older adults, but as people age, their activity levels decline rapidly. Previous research suggests that interventions that are likely to produce sustainable changes in activity levels would address the individual barriers to participation (like using pedometers to build motivation), as well as tailoring the approach to their social (e.g. support from friends or family) and environmental (e.g. promoting use of parks) circumstances.  The aim of this study is to test the feasibility of a peer-led walking programme for 60-70 year old adults from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.  This study is funded (£319K) by the National Institute for Health Research (http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/phr/1213304).

Meet the Walk with Me Team

Dr Mark Tully
(PI)
Dr Conor Cunningham (Project Manager)
Miss Ashlene Wright (PhD Student)

Co-Investigators

Ms Mary Black, Public Health Agency
Professor Margaret Cupples, Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Wendy Hardeman, Dept of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
Dr Ruth Hunter, Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
Professor Frank Kee, Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
Mrs Joanne Morgan, Community Development and Health Network
Professor Suzanne McDonough, School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster
Professor Marie Murphy, School of Sport, University of Ulster
Dr Liz Simpson, School of Psychology,University of Ulster
Mr Chris Totten, Public Health Agency