Special Issue "Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Ageing"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andy Pringle
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Guest Editor
Department of Sport, Outdoor & Exercise Science, School of Human Sciences, Human Sciences Research Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, Derby DE22 1GB, UK
Interests: the impact and implementation of physical activity interventions; the role of health care professionals in physical activity promotion; physical activity guidelines; health improvement and football community trusts; physical activity and older people; evaluating community physical activity interventions
Dr. Nicola Kime
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Guest Editor
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Duckworth Ln, Bradford BD9 6RJ, UK
Interests: predominantly the care of children, young people and adults with type 1; service improvement; physical activity and behaviour change and the education and training of healthcare professionals, evaluation of interventions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Healthy Ageing Challenge aims for people to enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experiences of the richest and poorest. Healthy Ageing not only identifies the importance of regular physical activity for the maintenance of good health in mid life, but also how keeping active in mid-life is important in maintaining independence and quality of life as people get older. Global physical activity guidelines highlight the benefits and the importance of helping adults to adopt and maintain regular physical activity participation throughout the lifecourse. With those thoughts in mind, this special issue welcomes submissions that report both the impact and implementation of physical activity intervention on adults and older adults. We encourage original studies investigating the impact of innovative physical activity programmes, as well as those studies that explore the key implementation considerations when delivering interventions, including what worked, as well as what worked less well and why.  Further, we welcome submissions that report on the activities that were undertaken to engage adults and older adults in dialogue around their physical activity preferences and needs and how these were met in the intervention design and delivery phase. We hope you will consider submitting to this special issue and we look forward to hearing from you. Please do not hestitate to get in touch with Nicky Kime or Andy Pringle if you have queries.

Dr. Andy Pringle
Dr. Nicola Kime
Guest Editors

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  • older adults
  • adults
  • ageing
  • physical activity
  • intervention
  • impact
  • implementation
  • evaluation

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Healthcare Professionals Promotion of Physical Activity with Older Adults: A Survey of Knowledge and Routine Practice
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 6064; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18116064 - 04 Jun 2021
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Healthcare professionals have a key role in promoting physical activity, particularly among populations at greatest risk of poor health due to physical inactivity. This research aimed to develop our understanding of healthcare professionals knowledge, decision making and routine practice of physical activity promotion [...] Read more.
Healthcare professionals have a key role in promoting physical activity, particularly among populations at greatest risk of poor health due to physical inactivity. This research aimed to develop our understanding of healthcare professionals knowledge, decision making and routine practice of physical activity promotion with older adults. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with practicing healthcare professionals in general practice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We received 347 eligible responses, with 70.3% of all respondents agreeing that discussing physical activity is their job and 30.0% agreeing that they have received suitable training to initiate conversations with patients about physical activity. Awareness of the content and objectives of national guidelines for physical activity varied considerably across the health professions surveyed. Less than a third of respondents had a clear plan on how to initiate discussions about physical activity in routine practice with older adults. Assessment of physical activity was not routine, neither was signposting to physical activity supports. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications, 81.6% of all respondents agreed that healthcare professionals can play an increased role in promoting physical activity to older adults as part of routine practice. Appropriate education, training and access to resources are essential for supporting healthcare professionals promotion of physical activity in routine practice. Effective physical activity promotion in healthcare settings has the potential for health benefits at a population level, particularly in older adult populations. Full article
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