About WARU

About WARU

Many of the health problems which today’s society is facing are associated with the ageing population and the increase in the prevalence of chronic medical conditions. Each week there are local and national news stories related to the increase in diabetes, CVD and cognitive problems and the increased demand that these place on the health and social services

Research over many years has shown clear benefits of life-style interventions for many of these health issues. This research has informed recommendations on food and alcohol intake, and physical activity levels but we still have only one in three adults consuming five or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and only one in four meeting the minimum recommended daily volume of physical activity (Welsh Health Survey, 2015).

Our Mission

So that we can better understand how to translate the dietary and physical activity guidelines into real change within the general population Aberystwyth University has launched the Well-being and health Assessment Research Unit (WARU). The purpose of the unit is to facilitate health and well-being related research within the University by fostering relationships with the local community and providing a facility to meet with members of the public and enable them to contribute to the research process.

We will publicise projects as they become active via our Facebook, Twitter and website pages.

If you are interested in becoming involved in research projects please contact us via email or phone.

Partner Organisations and Collaborators

The Centre for Excellence in Rural Health Research

The Centre for Excellence in Rural Health Research at Aberystwyth University maximises on its location, embedded in the rural community of Mid-West Wales, to deliver innovative and impactful research which informs the provision of rural healthcare for current and future generations.


Research and Development Department of Hywel Dda University Health Board

Research and Development Department of Hywel Dda University Health Board is a health board-wide service support department designed to help staff and external collaborators to set up and manage research projects within Hywel Dda.