Exciting news!!

 Mon, 6th Sep, 2021

Our Slaintecare funded online “Prime Time of Life” programme for middle-aged & older adults (50-80 yrs) in Laois with Laois Sports Partnership has just been published!!!

Key findings:

  • 12 weeks of online multimodal training & health education significantly improved cardiovascular fitness, strength, power, balance & flexibility in our participants.
  • Perceptions of fatigue, pain, emotional distress, overall physical function, social health & overall quality of life also significantly improved in our participants.

Importantly, this may:

  • Reduce the risk of sarcopenia (muscle wastage), frailty, falls, hospitalisation & premature mortality that is commonly observed in older adults who are inactive.
  • Increase functional independent living, well-being, physical health, mental health & quality of life in middle-aged & older adults.


  • Online interventions are as effective as onsite & should be considered for wider roll out.
  • Educating adults about the type & amount of multimodal PA required for health ageing & the treatment & management of pain, injuries & clinical conditions is important.

You can read the full text HERE.

On a personal note, we are really thrilled to see this research article being published. This research was delivered during the peak of the COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland and actively sought to recruit vulnerable individuals who were cocooning with clinical conditions. The positive outcomes of our study are in stark contrast to the sedentary behaviour, weight gain and muscle loss that has been reported in similar populations during the same period. There is no doubt that the past 18 months has had an impact on us all, but this publication is a small example of perseverance and we are very proud of our team and the 61 participants who completed our ‘Prime Time of Life’ programme. A sincere thanks to Caroline Myers in Laois Sports Partnership, Sláintecare, Pobal, the Government of Ireland, Dr Siobhan O’Connor, Ruth Kavanagh, Anne Kavanagh, Yvonne Thompson and Ruth Delaney for making this research possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Please share with anyone you think might be interested to read this or indeed took part in it.

Yours in health,

Dr Diane Cooper & The True Fitness Team.

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This programme has been made possible due to the Sláintecare Integration Fund (Project ID:21).