Physical activity levels of Australia's ageing population are declining and coincidentally rates of overweight and obesity are increasing. Adequate levels of physical activity and a healthy diet are recognised as important lifestyle factors for the maintenance of a healthy weight and prevention of chronic diseases. Retirement village (RV) residents rarely engage in physical activity and nutrition programmes offered, with poor attendance and low use of existing facilities such as on-site fitness centres and classes and nutrition seminars. The RV provides a unique setting to access and engage with this older target group, to test the effectiveness of strategies to increase levels of physical activity, improve nutrition and maintain a healthy weight.
Holt, A-M., Jancey, J., Lee, A. H., Kerr, D. A., Hills, A. P., Anderson, A. S., & Howat, P. A. (2014). A cluster-randomised controlled trial of a physical activity and nutrition programme in retirement villages: a study protocol. BMJ Open, 4(9), [e005107]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005107