New Study Will Assess CCG Impact on Health

QUB PARC StudyQueen’s University this week announced the £800,000 PARC (Physical Activity and Rejuvenation of Connswater) study. The study will involve researchers from the Centre of Excellence, based at QUB, charting the health effects the construction of the Connswater Community Greenway has on the local community in East Belfast.

"The CCG will provide opportunities for everyone, young and old, families, commuters and visitors to embrace a more active lifestyle" said Wendy Langham, CCG project manager.  

The main focus of the research will be face- to- face surveys conducted with nearly 2000 people living in the CCG area. One will take place in early 2010 (before construction of the Greenway) and another will be conducted in 2013/14, coinciding with the end of the Greenway construction. 

Speaking about the study Professor Frank Kee, director of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health, said “This is a groundbreaking study looking at the effects of the built environment on physical activity and the health of the people in East Belfast. Increased physical activity can help reduce the risks of many diseases including obesity, heart disease and cancer. The results of the project will help other groups across the UK to develop their own plans to promote more active lifestyles.” 

The research announcement was welcome by Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer and Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie. 

Lord Mayor Councillor Naomi Long said “There is no doubt that this will make a significant contribution to the design of future initiatives and services in out city”.

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