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Sarah is the Research Associate for the REtirement in ACTion (REACT) Study which is a large (target N= 768) multi-site Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) assessing whether a community-based physical activity and social programme can reduce, or even reverse, a decline in physical function in older adults.  The study will finish recruitment in October 2017 and participants are followed up at 6, 12 and 24 months after baseline assessment. 


Prior to REACT, Sarah worked in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences on another RCT:Community-based Prevention of Diabetes (Com-PoD) study. Working in conjuction with Health Exchange in Birmingham and with colleagues at the University of Exeter Medical School, Com-PoD evaluated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the "Living Well Taking Control" community-based programme.  Patients at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes were recruited via Primary Care and received a 6-month lifestyle programme aimed at reducing diabetes risk. 

From 2009-2014 Sarah worked in the Department of Primary Care Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham where she delivered the exercise intervention in two RCT's investigating the effectiveness of exercise on postnatal depression (The PAM-PeRS study) and vasomotor menopausual symptoms (The Active Women study). She also worked on weight management RCTs including Weigh 2 Go (the efficacy of drinking water prior to main meals to aid weight loss); Scale Down (the effectiveness of daily self-weighing on weight loss) and Limit study (a study on maintaining weight loss).



Research interests

Physical function and physical activity in older adults

Diabetes prevention

Postnatal depression and exercise

Menopausal symptoms and exercise

Obesity and weight management

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014


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