Physical activity, lifestyle, ageing and wellbeing
Physical inactivity is a key risk factor for non‐communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Physical inactivity is worsening worldwide. Globally, one in three adults is not active enough.
Our researchers in physical activity, lifestyle, ageing, and wellbeing focus on combining exercise, and other health behaviours to prevent chronic disease and improve rehabilitation.
They are exploring metabolic, physiological, public health, environmental, musculoskeletal and clinical aspects of exercise and physical activity as well as nutrition and human motor control.
Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low
I work with clinicians, aged care services and consumers to improve the quality of life of older people, including those with dementia and their families. I am particularly interested in testing innovative interventions that focus on wellbeing as an outcome.
I’m proud of my work in conducting the largest trial of humour therapy in the world. We called this the SMILE study, and found that humour therapy reduced the level of agitation of nursing home residents. Our humour therapy program is now being delivered to more than 80 nursing homes around Australia.
It is incredibly rewarding to know that my work is providing real-world bene ts to older people.