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Living longer and stronger on agenda at World Congress

The secrets to living longer, stronger and healthier will be unveiled at the World Congress on Active Ageing hosted by Victoria University in Melbourne from 28 June to 1 July.

Organised by Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), the four-day event has drawn leading active ageing experts from around the world.

Over 400 international delegates are expected to attend. They will focus on what can be done to enhance physical, mental and social wellbeing in later life.

Professor Stuart Biddle, World Congress chair and active living and public health expert at ISEAL, said the event is the most significant gathering of its kind to focus on active living, physical activity and health.

“With an increasing focus on keeping ageing populations more healthy and active it is important to understand how we can enhance the physical activity levels of adults as they age,” Professor Biddle said.

“This field will continue to grow and governments will significantly increase their focus on keeping ageing populations more healthy and active.”

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Abby King, Professor of Health Research and Policy and of Medicine at Stanford University, USA
  •  Dr John Beard, Director of Ageing and Life Course Programme, World Health Organization 
  • Professor Adrian Bauman, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney 
  • Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of the Board of 8 80 Cities
  • Dr Linda Lam, Professor and Chair at the Department of Psychiatry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The Congress is the ninth event of its kind.

Media are invited to attend.

What: The World Congress on Active Ageing
When: Tuesday 28 June – Friday 1 July, 2016
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, Victoria

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