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Healthy and Active 100

The Healthy and Active 100 research theme focuses on supporting people through 100 years of healthy and active life

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With a strong focus on tackling health inequalities, research in this theme addresses system-wide challenges across the life course, such as providing every child with a healthy and active start in life, community-based activity for people of all ages and promoting healthy and active ageing.

The vision for the theme is informed by a broad understanding of the social determinants of health framed by the concept of social infrastructure and how this can be maximised for positive health and wellbeing across 100 years of active life.

We are especially interested in the role of social infrastructure in enabling people to be more active at all stages of their life, and the potential contribution of this activity to positive health and wellbeing for individuals and communities.

Key areas of focus

  • Social prescribing and community-based approaches to being healthy and active
  • The mental health benefits of being active
  • Obesity and physical activity
  • Healthy ageing and age friendly communities
  • Supporting children and young people to live healthy and active lives
  • Active travel

Theme Leads

Chris Dayson 208858

Prof. Chris Dayson

Research Theme Lead and Associate Professor in the Centre for Economic and Social Research (CRESR)

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Dr Catherine Homer

Dr Catherine Homer

Research Theme Co-Lead and Senior Research Fellow in Physical Activity, Wellness and Public Health

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Featured Projects

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Social Prescribing and Physical Activity

This project explored the current evidence for social prescribing and physical activity

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Easier To Be Active

The #EasierToBeActive project explored the ways in which we help people with long-term health conditions lead a more active lifestyle.

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View all Case Studies in the Healthy and Active 100 Theme

All Healthy and Active 100 Case Studies

Doctoral Students

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Elysa Ioannou

Optimising Physical Activity Interventions after Gestational Diabetes

Meet Elysa
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Megan Garside

A Model of Social Prescribing for Children’s Specialist Weight Management Services

Meet Megan

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