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MoreLife

Set up by Leeds Beckett University in February 2011, MoreLife was the product of more than 15 years’ research by the Carnegie School of Sport (CSS) into obesity. 

MoreLife

The University’s research highlighted that there wasn’t enough high-quality support available for people looking to live a healthy lifestyle, so MoreLife was created to directly address the issue.

Over a decade later, MoreLife now works with more than 30,000 people across England each year, supporting them with everything from weight loss management, to stopping smoking and advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Impact of our partnership

  1. Student experience

    The relationship between MoreLife and Leeds Beckett is mutually beneficial. Participants receive advice and support which is founded in decades of academic research and insight, while the university has instant access to real-world data on obesity and healthy lifestyles which allows it to undertake further analysis. This has resulted in the university setting up the Centre for Applied Obesity Research, which builds on these strengths and enables collaboration with academics across the university.
  2. Academic support

    Led by a team of academics from the CSS, MoreLife uses an evidence-based approach to obesity, advising local authorities on how to adopt a whole systems approach to healthy lifestyles in order to improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities.

    Professor Paul Gately, who founded the company, is one of the UK’s most respected experts in obesity and exercise and sits on the Parliamentary advisory committee for obesity, as well as teaching at Leeds Beckett. Two of CCS’s academics have also advised the Scottish Government on how to adopt a whole systems approach to healthy lifestyles. 

  3. Internships and postgraduate research opportunities

    Many CSS students have been able to utilise MoreLife’s cutting-edge data for undergraduate research projects, Masters and PhDs, with a number of former students now working full-time for MoreLife. Students are also taught by Leeds Beckett’s academic team who run More-Life, benefitting from their real-world expertise. 
  4. Research with impact

    Led by a team of academics from the CSS, MoreLife uses an evidence-based approach to obesity, advising local authorities on how to adopt a whole systems approach to healthy lifestyles in order to improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities.

    Leeds Beckett’s research into obesity was classed as world-leading by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and its advocacy of a whole systems approach to tackling obesity has led to academics from Leeds Beckett working with Public Health England and the World Health Organisation in Europe.  

    This data gathered through MoreLife allows Leeds Beckett to develop and refine the advice and support it gives to not only MoreLife participants and local authorities, but also Public Health England and even the World Health Organisation. 

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