The Wellness unLAOISed Innovation Project was a partnership project between True Fitness (now EduFIT) and Laois Sports Partnership. The overall aim of the Wellness unLAOISed project was to increase exercise participation rates in adults from economic, social and/or educational disadvantage in Laois. Additionally, the programme aimed to increase exercise, nutrition and health literacy and skills in our target group in order to increase the adoption and maintenance of exercise and other health enhancing behaviours in the long-term while being innovative in our approach.
Our Wellness unLAOISed Innovation Project took place over a 12-month period from September 2021 to September 2022.
The 12-week evidence-based programme consisted of two live online 60-minute multimodal (aerobic, strength, balance, and flexibility) exercise classes per week, one live online 20-minute exercise education workshop per week and one live online 60-minute nutrition and/or health education or cooking practical per week, which were also recorded and made available to watch on-demand through the app. In addition, participants received numerous take-home resources (e.g., exercise circuit cards incorporating the use of QR codes and weekly recipes), weekly monitoring and support via email, phone or through the app and in-person focus groups were facilitated to promote uptake, sustain engagement, and obtain feedback and recommendations for app development.
Following Wellness unLAOISed, our participants had increased aerobic fitness, upper- and lower-body muscular fitness, balance, physical activity participation, perceptions of physical health, mental health, and wellbeing and successfully co-created an exercise, health, and nutrition programme specific to their needs, which is now scalable via the custom-built app.
Wellness unLAOISed was an extensive but very rewarding programme and participants have shared numerous written, audio, and video testimonials to attest to its success.
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