Anne Elliott lectures in Sport Science and specialises in Exercise in Special Populations and is the programme leader for the MSc Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations. She is research active in healthy ageing specialising in exercise in middle age. She consults in a small specialist practice and is regularly in the press and media talking about exercise in middle age. Her diet and exercise book was endorsed by the Minister of State for Health and senior NHS professionals. She is the 'health expert' and writes articles for a popular website with a readership of 60,000+ middle age women.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Anne is the programme leader on the MSc. Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity for Special Populations, which is a full time and part time masters degree that develops excellence at the highest level of professional practice, by understanding both the pathology of conditions and best practice exercise prescription to help improve physical activity levels and activites of daily living in special populations. The course encourages the student to apply learned knowledge to the clinic/studio/gym situation and apply independent research capacity into areas that they find particularly interesting, thus expanding best practice and knowledge within their own speacialist areas.
Research interest - healthy ageing and exercise in middle age. The research covers aspects of healthy ageing through a life course perspective, looking at psychological, physiological and social enablers and barriers to exercise uptake and maintenance. Factors include: lifestyle, environment, life transition and medical conditions. The research also considers models to acclimatize/reacclimatize middle aged to do regular exercise and maintain physical activity towards old age.
Sedentary behaviour and its associated conditions has become a great social concern as it blights personal experiences and the public purse. As such its relevance has increased as a topic of social discussion. Anne talks regularly in the press and media, both nationally and globally, on her specialisation.
TV & Radio
BBC Radio 'James Whale Show' 28/10/13
BBC Radio 5 LIVE ' Stephen Nolan Show' 28/9/13
BBC West Midlands 'Graeme Torrington show' 5/9/13
BBC West Midlands 'Graeme Torrington show' 6/1/13
BBC West Midlands 'Graeme Torrington show' 14/10/12
BBC Shropshire 'Eric & Clare show' 4/10/11
BBC Humberside 'The David Burns show' 30/9/11
ITV LK Today Diet featured for 6 weeks
Exercise tips distributed to all London Free papers Jan 8th 2017
Elliott, Anne (2012) Enablers and barriers to exercise uptake by women during middle age: a grounded theory approach. Masters thesis, Middlesex University.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Engagement & Impact
CIMSPA Health and Wellbeing Workforce Development Board. Sitting on Government steering committee to review and overhaul Fitness Industry Began March 2017. Advising on developing appropriate higher qualifications
Public Health England – Expert roundtable panel: National Physical Activity Implementation Framework 2015-16. Sat on expert committee and advised on exercise in middle age
Skills Active Council – Technical Expert Group – Joined October 2013. Special Populations chair. Rewrote National Occupation Standards for fitness practitioners working with special populations
Speaker at Leisure Industry Week Conference 22-23 Sept 2015 on exercise in middle-age