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World-leading new innovation centre will increase physical activity levels

The new multi-million pound Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) has opened in Sheffield

29 January 2020
 

Sheffield Hallam University has opened the most advanced research centre in the world for developing innovations that will increase physical activity and improve population health.

The new multi-million pound Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), which has been supported by £14 million funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and £905k investment from the European Regional Development Fund. It was officially opened by the Active Travel Commissioner for Sheffield City Region and Britain's most successful female Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, last week.

Dame Sarah Storey will be speaking at the Public Health & Sustainable Transport Summit in March

Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, said: It is fantastic that innovation into helping people live more healthy and active lives is taking place here in the Sheffield City Region. Physical activity can improve both physical and mental health for people of all ages and abilities, and its important everybody is given the opportunity to be active.

The research will be organised into three impact themes:

  • Healthy and active 100 — prioritising research and innovation that prevents disease and supports people into 100 years of healthy and active life.

  • Living well with chronic disease — exploring the management and treatment of chronic disease, such as cancer, stroke, musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes and mental health, through physical activity as a therapy.

  • Technological and digital innovations to promote independent lives — focusing on the development and application of new and emerging technologies to help people move, improving health and wellbeing across the population.

The AWRC, which forms the centrepiece of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the population through innovations that help people move. Its mission is to prevent and treat chronic disease through co-designed research into physical activity – whilst also attracting new jobs and investment to the region.

The Centre is supported by a number of strategic partners including; Canon Medical Systems, Westfield Health, EXOS, the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, Ingesport and parkrun. These partnerships provide cutting edge equipment and technology, expertise in the health and wellbeing sector and research and development opportunities.

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