The Institute of Public Health in Ireland co-hosted a research seminar with Ulster University and the Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network on Thursday 13th December 2018 titled: ‘Sit less and Move more: working with the physical activity guidelines to promote active living’.
The Keynote was given by Professor Dawn Skelton (Glasgow Caledonian University) who currently chairs the Older People Panel for the UK’s update of the Physical Activity for Health Guidelines and a review on guidelines for exercise for the UKs National Osteoporosis Society.
Professor Skelton opened by discussing the process of updating the current UK 2011 Chief Medical Officer physical activity guidelines. The revised guidelines are due to be released early in 2019.
She discussed her work with students, commissioners and community organisations in exercise for frailer older people and gave examples of interventions in care homes to prevent falls.
Professor Skelton developed the FaME (Falls Management Exercise) programme in the early 2000s and, with colleagues, set up a not-for-profit company, Later Life Training, to deliver training to health and fitness professionals.
She concluded by discussing her current research projects which focus on sedentary behaviour in older adults and demonstrated practical examples of the use of a Functional Fitness MOT in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinics.
The presentation stimulated discussion on the commissioning of falls programmes and the necessary steps in the promotion of the revised UK physical activity guidelines to ensure that, amongst other key actions, knowledge of the guidelines in promoted amongst health care professionals.