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Active Ageing Seminar, London, July 2010

Vida Wellness hosts the UK’s first-ever Active Ageing Seminar

By Claudine Aherne, United Kingdom

Claudine Aherne (second from right) leads Vida Wellness.
Claudine Aherne (second from right) leads Vida Wellness.

In partnership with the BHF National Centre and ICAA, Vida Wellness hosted the UK’s first-ever Active Ageing Seminar on July 13, 2010. Thanks to everyone who joined us for your enthusiasm and great contributions on the day.


Our keynote speaker was Colin Milner, founder of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). Milner has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as one of “the most innovative and influential minds” in the world on ageing-related topics. His talk on Wellness Trends was entertaining, interesting, and thought provoking.  


Attendees at the seminar were mostly Vida Network members, and included fitness and health professionals, as well as researchers and representatives from national organisations. There was valuable networking time and an opportunity to catch up with contacts and exchange ideas. In addition, I presented my Vision for Active Ageing in the UK, and a number of Network members took part in our Innovation Exchange. Thanks to Dr Afroditi Stathi for chairing this great session.


Here’s a selection of comments from seminar attendees:

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed yesterday afternoon. I met some really interesting and inspiring people!”

“Enjoyable and stimulating event. Many thanks!”

“It was very useful sharing issues and good practice!”

“Congratulations on producing an interesting, valuable, and well-organised event.”


A great gallery of photos from the event can be seen at, and you can also register to join this free network and receive updates and news of future events. We would like to thank our sponsors at NuStep for their support of this exciting event.


We are already planning for our next event in 2011! More details to follow soon. If you would like to be involved in this event, please get in touch with me at or + 44 333 1234 33.

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