In this UL Talk, Professor Catherine Woods from the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick talks about innovations to increase physical activity in Ireland’s young and old. Professor Woods describes the development of Move for Life (MFL), an innovative intervention designed to augment and up-scale existing community PA programmes delivered by professionals and cascaded by way of peer mentors to help reach inactive 50+year olds and increase their PA. There is overwhelming evidence to support the promotion of physical activity (PA) in adults in terms of benefits to wellbeing, physical and mental health. Yet, Catherine Woods tells us that 63% of adults do not meet international PA guidelines, with consequences to their health, the environment and the economy. Additionally, Prof Woods discusses the Children’s Sports Participation and Physical Activity Study and the Active School Flag that is established in Primary Schools and is relatively new to Post Primary Schools.
Professor Catherine Woods is Chair in Physical Activity for Health in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick.
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