June 15th, 2024

Lasting behaviour changes targeted in shared study

By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman - Lethbridge Herald on January 29, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDapulido@lethbridgeherald.com

Participants are now being sought for a novel research trial through the University of Lethbridge and researchers at Queen’s University.
“We call it the Preparedness for the Future Program and it’s been developed after years of thorough scientific research. We’ve identified the most important topics that are essential for living and aging well,” said Dr. Daren Heyland, doctor and researcher at Queen’s University in a press release.
The Preparedness for the Future Program, will allow successful applicants free access to an online program designed to maximize life satisfaction, increase longevity, and enhance quality of life physically, socially and mentally.
Many people sincerely try to make positive changes in their lives but fail, because they do not understand how to maintain lasting change and fall back into established patterns.
Paige Pope, a health promotion researcher in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge, said in a press release that finding your true source of motivation is key.
“This program is designed to tap into what motivates you individually and then use interactive learning modules and accompanying activities that help you identify and change underlying attitudes and beliefs that may be getting in your way of reaching your goals,” said Pope.
She said there is enough information out there for anybody to start a health and wellness journey, but information alone is not enough to make lasting change.
The study will take place over a 12-month period and participants will have free access to the program throughout the duration of the study.
Persons aged 25-70 are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will answer a series of questionnaires (once at the beginning, then at six months, and again at 12 months) to measure the effectiveness of the program.
“We’re optimistic this program will help people who are willing to invest time and energy in themselves to make positive, impactful changes in their lives, all while discovering strategies they can use well into the future,” added Pope in the press release.
For more information and to apply visit https://planwellguide.com/rct/

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