Three DC Leisure centres taking part in new ukactive research programme
Malden, Harborne and Taro Leisure Centres have been selected from thousands of leisure centres by ukactive (previously the Fitness Industry Association) to take part in a new year-long national research programme with the ukactive Research Institute.
The research study aims to measure the effectiveness of physical activity and exercise interventions on health. 29 facilities will take part with 80 participants, aged 35-50, at each location. The research study commenced at Malden Leisure Centre in September, and this month we see Harborne and Taro Leisure Centres kick start their research programme.
Fitness professionals at the selected leisure centres will receive special training to become Exercise Health and Wellbeing Champions for the project.
David Stalker, CEO, ukactive, says: “The Government will not pass any of the £2billion health budget to us unless we provide hard evidence that what we do and how we do it works to improve people's health. The results from ukactive’s Research Institute pilot programme were game changing and taking this format nationwide will provide evidence that could save the health service millions of pounds through reducing cardio risk factors.
“This is a huge opportunity for all the facilities involved; Malden, Taro and Harborne leisure centres will form an essential part of this programme and we would like to congratulate them on being selected.”
All participants will be given health checks at the start, middle and end of the project, to measure their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, height, weight, BMI, waist to hip ratio, muscular strength, flexibility testing and a health related quality of life and physical activity assessment.
They will be split randomly into four groups; 40 participants will gain free use of the leisure centre facilities for one year and will be monitored using the latest MYZONE technology, while 20 are given physical activity counselling and the remaining 20 are put into a control group so they receive the health checks only.
Susan Rossetto, Group Health and Wellbeing Manager, at DC leisure, says: “We are really pleased to be part of such an exciting new research study with ukactive. It will be interesting to see the final results and examine the effectiveness of a structured exercise programme in comparison with unstructured exercise as well as looking at the effectiveness of physical activity counselling interventions. This research will also help provide evidence to support GP referral programmes.”