WHAT DO RURAL AND REGIONAL VICTORIANS THINK ABOUT THEIR LOCAL AREA AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?
I am writing to you to kindly ask for your help to spread the word across Victorian rural and regional communities about our new research please.
The University of Tasmania, Deakin University and the University of South Australia are looking to invite adults (Aged 18+) from across rural and regional Victoria ( N.B. outside of Melbourne and Geelong) to participate in a new research project. This study aims to test a survey of the local area environment designed specifically for rural people, and see if it is related to physical activity levels. We know this is the case in cities but this sort of research has not been done before in rural and regional areas. Understanding this is important because we can then help councils, government, planners and developers create spaces and places for rural and regional people that encourage healthy lifestyles and prevent poor health.
What does the study involve?
The study involves completing an online survey twice, two weeks apart. The survey takes about 20 minutes, and asks people about their local area, their physical activity, and some things about themselves, such as age, gender and work. It is really important that the study includes a wide range of people, including those who consider themselves to be not very active, as well as people who consider themselves to be active. This means all adults in rural and regional Victoria can participate in the study.
Can you please help us spread the word?
We would be most grateful if you could kindly please spread the word about the study in your area through your networks. This will greatly assist us to reach as many rural and regional Victorians as possible.
You could perhaps
• Print out the attached flyer and pin it on your noticeboard or leave copies on the front desk
• Circulate this email via your professional and social networks
• Include a short piece in your newsletter or Facebook page
Here is a link to more information about the study and to the online survey.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the study team via Dr Verity Cleland on 03 6226 4603 (Tuesday to Friday).
Thank you very much for your assistance in helping us spread the word.
Verity Cleland, PhD
Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow
Senior Research Fellow
Menzies Institute for Medical Research
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 23, Hobart, Tasmania 7001
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