Our work in this vital aspect of human health specifically covers research into physical activity as a non-medical intervention applied throughout the lifespan. Quality of life and movement potential are enhanced through promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation.
CHARR researchers work with a number of colleagues from around the University and have hosted three Physical Activity and Health Colloquium (2012, 2014, 2015). CHARR is involved in leading a network of University researchers and community partners in the area of Physical activity, health, and wellbeing.
Current projects include:
- Community exercise classes for health and well-being
- Musculoskeletal conditions and Physical Activity
- Physical Activity and amputees
- Dog walking
- Health behaviours among NZ adults with prediabetes and diabetes
- Blue prescription: Physical Activity for chronic condition
- Physical Activity and Osteoarthritis
- The influence of body weight on the effectiveness of brisk walking for the management of obesity in adults
- Overuse injuries and running
- Huarahi Hauora – Identifying a pathway forward to wellness for Māori
- Access to Physical Activity for men following stroke
- Physical Activity for people with multiple sclerosis
- Park based physical activity
- Mabire, L., Mani, R., Liu, L., Mulligan, H., & Baxter, D. (2017). The Influence of age, sex and body mass index on the effectiveness of brisk walking for obesity management in adults. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0064
- Timothy, E. K., Bown, B.-J., Beever, R. M., & Mulligan, H. F. (2017). Changes in walking levels of people with stroke following discharge from hospital: A pilot study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(1), 17-23. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/45.1.03
- Hall-McMaster, S. M., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2016). Positive thinking and physical activity motivation for one individual with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative case-study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(1), 26-32. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/44.1.04
- Baxter, S., Smith, C., Treharne, G., Stebbings, S., & Hale, L. (2016). What are the perceived barriers, facilitators and attitudes to exercise for women with rheumatoid arthritis? A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(8), 773-780.
- Campbell, K., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., Cameron, C., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). How does dog-walking influence perceptions of health and wellbeing in healthy adults? A qualitative dog-walk-along study. Anthrozos, 29(2), 181-192.
- Sangelaji, B., Smith, C. M., Paul, L., Kovanur Sampath, K., Treharne, G. J., & Hale, L. A. (2016). The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(6), 559-576.
- Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Using qualitative evidence to develop an intervention for enabling people with chronic disabling conditions to be more physically active. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice (pp. 453-472). New York: Springer.
- Mansi, S., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., Hendrick, P., Higgs, C., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Investigating the effect of a 3-month workplace-based pedometer-driven walking programme on health-related quality of life in meat processing workers: A feasibility study within a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health 15, 410.
- Walter, T., Hale, L., & Smith, C. (2015). Blue prescription: A single-subject design intervention to enable physical activity for people with stroke. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, (2), 87-95.
- Kannan, P., Chapple, C. M., Miller, D., Claydon, L. S., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Menstrual pain and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea: Rationale, design, and interventions of a randomized controlled trial of effects of a treadmill-based exercise intervention. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 42, 81-89.
- Mulligan, H., Treharne, G. J., Hale, L. A., & Smith, C. (2013). Combining self-help and professional help to minimize barriers to physical activity in persons with MS. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.
|2016||Walking to better health after stroke||UORG|
|2016||Does exercise using the Wii Fit™ Balance Board increase muscle strength and decrease instability in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A feasibility study?||MPPT|
|2016||Developing an intervention to promote physical activity engagement for people with multiple sclerosis living in rural settings: a feasibility study||MPPT|
|2015||Longitudinal investigation of sedentary behaviour patterns and its predictors among New Zealanders with high risk of developing chronic diseases.||Lottery Health Research|
|2014||Dunedin Community Exercise Programme||WellSouth|
|2014||The Influence of Relative BMI on Energy Expenditure during Brisk Walking||Physiotherapy New Zealand|
|2014||Development of a strategic framework to enable support persons to facilitate male stroke survivors to engage in physical activity||Physiotherapy New Zealand|
|2014||Development of a strategic framework to enable support persons to facilitate male stroke survivors to engage in physical activity||Canterbury Trust|
|2014||Early detection of hip/knee osteoarthritis to improve physical activity and self-efficacy||Jack Thomson Arthritis Fund|
|2014||Physical activity and quality of life in persons with dysvascular and traumatic below-knee amputation||NZALS|
|2014||Sedentary behaviour and its associations with psychosocial factors in individuals with high risk of developing type-2 diabetes mellitus.||UORG|
|2013||Effects of aerobic training on menstrual pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized controlled trial||Physiotherapy New Zealand|
|2013||Are Mobile Methods a feasible way to ask people with chronic conditions about dog-walking and health?||UORG|
|2013||Evaluation of a walking programme for people with rheumatoid arthritis||MPPT|
|2013||Participation of children with physical disability in leisure activities in New Zealand||PNZ Paediatric Special Interest Group|
|2012||Wilson Home Trust|
|2012||Back 2 Activity Trial||UORG|
|2012||The Otago back pain and lifestyle study||Otago Branch PNZ|
|2011||How does fatigue influence community exercise participation in men with Multiple Sclerosis||UORG|
|2010||Accessibility to physically active recreation: Toward full inclusion of people with physical disability in the New Zealand context||Burwood Academy of Independent Living|
|2009||Blue Prescription: physiotherapy activity support package for chronic disability||UORG|
|2009||Mardi Cup posture study||SPAARC|
Access to physical activity for men following stroke.
The influence of body weight on the effectiveness of brisk walking for the management of obesity in adults.
The use of Nintendo Wii Fit™ in improving falls risk, balance and adherence to exercise in patients with Knee Osteoarthritis
Masters by Research candidates
A Fitbit™ based walking programme for people with stroke: a feasibility study
Physical activity following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: Participant’s understanding and experiences
Dunedin Community Exercise Programme 2015
The School offers a community exercise programme for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The programme is informed by best practice research. The 2015 programme is supported by Wellsouth PHO. For further details on research associated with the programme and to join the programme see:
- Dr Paul Hendrick (University of Nottingham)
- Professor Suzanne McDonough (University of Ulster)
- Professor Stephan Milosavljevic (University of Saskatchewan)
- Dr Lorna Paul (University of Glasgow)
- MS and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury Inc
- Silver Fern Meat Works
- Physiotherapy Clinics