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University of Roehampton selected to review Council scheme

The University of Roehampton has been commissioned by Wandsworth Borough Council to evaluate the impact of its Roehampton Challenge.

Posted: 23 April 2014

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Professor Cecilia Essau

The Department of Psychology’s Professor Cecilia Essau will lead the project. She is Professor of Developmental Psychology and Director of the Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing.

In August 2013, the Council launched Roehampton Challenge, which is a programme that encourages healthy and active living. Its aim was to improve the health and wellbeing of those living, working or volunteering in the Roehampton and Putney Heath wards.

Several organisations were commissioned to undertake a wide range of initiatives, activities and support services, which are designed to promote wellbeing, encourage healthy eating, and introduce sport or exercise opportunities. Several thousand residents in Roehampton and Putney Heath wards participated in these health initiatives.

Professor Essau and her team will evaluate the impact of each of these activities on participants’ wellbeing, and factors that predict the sustainability of activities and initiatives of the Roehampton Challenge.

Prof Essau said: “I am delighted that the University has been selected to lead on this project. The research team has extensive experience in this area. We will be conducting interviews with participants and analysing themes. We will also use questionnaires to measure quality of life before and after taking part in the Challenge.”

The project is expected to be completed in May 2014.

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