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Centre for Healthier Lives


Centre for Healthier Lives

A Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence

There is growing evidence lifestyle choices have profound effects on health and wellbeing. From conception to old age, things such as diet, physical activity and alcohol can have an impact.

Taking on global challenges with an interdisciplinary approach

Human behaviours have major impacts on the environment and health of our planet.

Health-related disciplines operating largely in isolation cannot meet these challenges.

These global challenges are the focus for our Centre for Healthier Lives.

We're taking an interdisciplinary approach to finding solutions.

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Measures to protect our environment such as the vertical gardens in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, are key to improving lives by combating pollution.

Novel interventions

We're the first UK centre of excellence for interventions to change connected behaviours.

We'll improve public health through novel interventions that change 'lifestyle-related' behaviours. We'll also look to intervene to change behaviours that threaten the wider environment.

We can only deliver these novel interventions through better processes of:

  • understanding
  • development
  • implementation
  • evaluation
  • stratification
  • translation
Lifestyle behaviours lead to a prevalence of disorders such as type 2 diabetes.

Our vision and approach

Our vision is to provoke a step change. Disrupting conventional thinking and approaches, we aim to improve health across the lifecourse.

We want to improve health around the world, by creating interventions that are:

  • culturally acceptable
  • scalable
  • cost effective
  • sustainable

Interventions addressing contextual barriers

These interventions should recognise, and address, the:

  • integrated and interdependent nature of behaviours
  • social, cultural and political environments

Leveraging technology and data

We will leverage:

  • biological and behavioural sciences
  • digital technologies including artificial intelligence
  • big data
  • other leading edge approaches

We will engage with industry, policy makers and civil society. We aim to co-produce more effective interventions to promote and help behaviour change.

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