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Eating well, physical activity, and good social networks are hallmarks of a happy and healthy life – irrespective of age. But, putting this into practice is not always easy. Join us tonight to hear from two experts from Aston University who will discuss innovative interventions to improve the health and well-being of young and old.
Using digital technology to support healthy eating in children: evidence from Vegetable Maths Masters
Most children do not eat the recommended amounts of vegetables and will often refuse to try vegetables on sight. Vegetable Maths Masters is a free app for children which builds on behavioural principles to make vegetables fun, familiar and engaging. In her talk, Claire will detail the process of building a research informed app, as well as some of her main findings to date. For example, playing with the app for 10 minutes predicts greater intake and liking of vegetables.
Intergeneration activity and frailty – the legacy of ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds'
The recent Channel 4 television series ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’ looked at intergenerational activities, a form of care where older adults spend time with younger people, to see what the benefits were for both groups. This was based on research dating back to the 1970’s which has shown intergenerational time to be beneficial. In his talk, James will detail how results of both series showed that intergenerational activities can reduce frailty and improve physical function in people as old as 102, and discuss how this model should be rolled out across the UK.