The ENJOY project provides a unique opportunity for outdoor physical and social activities, tailored to the needs of older people.

The ENJOY research project is a partnership between the National Ageing Research Institute and Whittlesea City Council, Wyndham City Council, Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria and Gandel Philanthropy.

The ENJOY project evaluates the effects of sustained engagement in physical activity on mental health and physical outcomes through the use of a community-based novel outdoor physical activity program for older people - the Seniors Exercise Park.

The project provides a unique opportunity for outdoor physical activity that is tailored to the needs of older people, who are an at-risk group for sedentary-related illnesses. It also facilitates social connection and community engagement, while supporting mental health.

Results from the ENJOY project suggest that the Seniors Exercise Park may be an effective way of improving older people’s physical function and wellbeing. It can also be an important investment in public health infrastructure that promotes physical activity for older people.

Achievements

The ENJOY project supports healthy and active ageing in the community and is featured on the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Active by Design Website (HAbD).

The ENJOY project was a finalist in the Promoting Health Through Physical Activity and Sport Category in the 2019 VicHealth Awards.

Research Support

Gandel Philanthropy, State Trustees Foundation of Australia, The Brockhoff Foundation

Relevant research publications

Levinger P, Panisset M, Dunn J, Haines T, Dow B, Batchelor F, Biddle S, Duque G, Hill KD: Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY for older people – Results from the ENJOY Senior Exercise Park project translation research in the community. BMC Geriatric 2020, 20:446.

Sales MP, Polman R, Hill KD, Karaharju-Huisman T, Levinger P: A novel dynamic exercise initiative for older people to improve health and well-being: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics 2015, 15:68.

Sales M, Polman R, Hill KD, Levinger P: A Novel Exercise Initiative for Seniors to Improve Balance and Physical Function. Journal of Aging and Health 2017, 29(8):1424.

Sales M, Polman R, Hill K, Levinger P: Older adults’ perceptions to a novel outdoor exercise initiative: a qualitative analysis. J Aging Soc Change 2018, 8 (1):61-78.

Levinger P, Sales M, Polman R, Haines T, Dow B, Biddle SJH, Duque G, Hill KD: Outdoor physical activity for older people-the senior exercise park: Current research, challenges and future directions. Health Promot J Austr 2018:1-7.

Levinger P, Panisset M, Dunn J, Haines T, Dow B, Batchelor F, Biddle S, Duque G, Hill KD: Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY for older people – Results from the ENJOY Senior Exercise Park project translation research in the community. BMC Geriatric 2020.