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Physical Activity Monitoring and its relationship with health

An opportunity to take part in a study investigating the relationship between physical activity and health.

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The aim of the study is to identify if differences in health can be correlated to levels of physical activity. 

Volunteer Criteria

You must be aged 60 or over to take part and in good general health (no serious medical conditions). One of the research team will contact you to answer any questions you have and to ask questions about your medical history to ensure you are eligible to take part.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to visit Newcastle University Medical School twice.

Visit 1

You will be required to attend this visit fasted (having abstained from food and anything but water for over 8 hours. Measurements of body mass index (BMI), body composition (body fat, muscle mass), hip and waist circumference/ratio, blood pressure, physical fitness, diet and well-being (by questionnaire). This visit will last approximately 1 hour. 

During this visit you will also be given a health monitoring device to wear on the wrist for 4 days whilst you go about your normal routine. You will be asked to wear the device at all times including sleep and showering/bathing.

Visit 2

During this visit you will return the device and have a debrief of the results including a health profile, diet and physical activity levels. This visit will last approximately 30 minutes.

When and where?

Appointments will be arranged between the researcher and the participant between January-April 2019.

The study will take place at Newcastle University Medical School.

Will I get anything for taking part?

You will get a bespoke health profile tailored to you to be able to understand more about your physical activity and diet.


  • Newcastle University Medical School
  • Framlington Place
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE2 4HH

Physical Activity Monitoring and its relationship with health Discussion

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  • Ian Fairclough
    20th January 2019

    Prof Kenneth Rockwood has just published results of a study on the relationship between exercise and clinical dementia - this apparently shows that people who had clear signs of Alzheimers and who keep fit are less likely to suffer the effects of dementia.

  • Ian Armstrong
    18th January 2019

    Hello, I have never been unemployed in my life & been T1 diabetic since being 3. British National champ 3 times. Now 55 & in my 50 yr of diabetes did 3 of the tallest Scar-fell, Shard, Big Ben . A while ago I took part in BBC tv show How to stay Young & BMR 1432. Ian Armstrong Thks

  • Ian Fairclough
    17th January 2019

    What is a "serious medical condition" ?

    Who is the researcher - are they shy ?