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Active Lifestyles

The Centre has two main aims:

  • To identify physical activity (PA) impact.
  • To promote PA better.

We focus on daily-life PA and structured exercise. By focusing on unreached communities our work has extensive relevance to contemporary public services, especially Public Health, Social Services and Education. Our 30+ academics draw on a range of academic domains to offer a distinctive and effective approach to delivering and evaluating bespoke programmes in communities (ranging individual to whole system approaches).

Our approach is strongly translational; it draws on the best of science to establish the best ‘fit’ with local services and provision. By choosing to work alongside practitioners and other academics, (Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange (YoHPAKE) is important to our mission; it embodies our collaborative approach to making our work impactful in and for the region, featuring both formal and informal opportunities for networking across sectors.

Based on innovative and bespoke approaches to research and to evaluation, we have a powerful track record of delivering to and beyond client needs. Importantly our approach addresses the balance between high-science and practical possibilities in real world settings.

Research Themes

  • PA promotion in community settings, including football-based venues.
  • PA impacts for long-term health conditions, including post-coronary care, type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • PA for personal development.

Emerging areas of work address the interactions of PA with appetite regulation, health impacts in older adults and cognitive impacts across the lifespan (including schools and workplaces).

Active Ageing in Health and Disease 

The Active Ageing in Health and Disease Theme (SARCA) is coordinated by Dr Theocharis Ispoglou (

Our mission is to optimise health and well-being of clinical and non-clinical populations through implementation of physical activity/exercise interventions and initiatives underpinned by basic science.

Our key objective is to facilitate maintenance of optimum physical functioning and independence throughout the lifespan.

We have formed special research interest groups in Sarcopenia; Appetite and Energy Balance; Respiratory Health; Cardiometabolic Health; Arthritis and Inflammation (SARCA group) striving to: a) facilitate interdisciplinary research through internal and external collaborations and b) engage communities and healthcare providers through every stage of the research process from design to evaluation and implementation of interventions and initiatives.

If you would like any further information or have a query, please don't hesitate to contact one of the Special Research Interest Group Leads or the theme coordinator.

Sarcopenia: Dr Theocharis Ispoglou

Appetite and Energy Balance: Dr Kevin Deighton

Respiratory Health: Dr Oliver Price

Cardiometabolic Health: Costas Tsakirides

Arthritis and Inflammation: Dr Antonios Stavropoulos


We have been at the heart of initiating and supporting YoHPAKE, supported by an in-house Impact Facilitation Grant. In-house there is also considerable sharing of work across our respective Centres including Sport Coaching and Physical Education (their focus on looked after children and on behaviour change through coaching), Human Performance (using sport to promote recovery from injury or illness) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (by addressing the health needs of underserved community groups). The pan-university Centre for Applied Obesity features the work of many of the researchers contributing to the Centre for Active Lifestyles.

Externally we have strong links with Leeds City Council (through Sport England’s £1m-funding of Leeds’ Let’s Get Active), Football Foundation and the many affiliates to YoHPAKE. We also work with the Diabetes UK, Public Health England, British Heart Foundation, Homeless FA, Suffolk Local Authority, Notts County FC, The Royal Society of Public Health and Nottingham City of Football.