Sit less, move more after stroke

Years funded:
2017 - 2020

Sitting for long periods of time each day increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. People with existing cardiovascular disease and those who have difficulty moving around are at particular risk, including the 440 000 current Australian stroke survivors, almost half of whom will suffer another stroke.

Breaking up sitting time with short bursts of activity significantly reduces cardiovascular disease risk factors and may help prevent recurrent strokes. My group is leading the world in understanding the link between high sitting time and health for people with stroke. This program of research will build on our current work and has two main streams.

Firstly, we will use carefully designed experimental studies to determine how much less sitting time is needed to see benefits. This work will be based on understanding patterns and amounts of sitting time in people with stroke and using best-practice methods to find the optimal ‘dose’ of sitting time reductions.

The second stream of research will focus on developing an intervention to enable stroke survivors to sit less each day. To do this we will use a process known as co-production to work together with health professionals and patient groups to develop a scientifically sound, feasible and acceptable intervention. Finally we will test this intervention in a clinical trial.

This research program will benefit people for whom exercise is difficult and who are at particularly high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researcher Profile

Associate Professor Coralie English

Institute: The University of Newcastle
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