The Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) is a research centre within the University of South Australia investigating the role of exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle activities in improving clinical and health outcomes. Physical, psychological and sports performance in populations is studied across a wide cross-section of society, ranging from children to elite athletes and people with chronic disease.

Our research focus "Healthy lives through healthy living" centres around the grand challenge of tackling the growing epidemic of chronic diseases. We focus on real-world issues and bring bold ideas to create solutions which optimise health, function and wellbeing.

Our mission is to be the leading Australian voice on a global stage by championing research in exercise, nutrition, preventative health and other lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan. In fact, we are well on the way to achieving this – currently ranked in the World Top 50 for Sport Science.*

We work with diverse research partners, end-users and our communities to identify and evaluate solutions, and translate these outcomes into products and changes in policy and practice.

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*Ranked equal #41, 2020 ARWU Global Ranking for Sport Science.

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We're investigating methods of using exercise to improve general health and wellbeing, sporting performance, and to manage and prevent chronic disease.



We're exploring the applicability of different diets to the Australian population and examining how they can maximise our health and performance.



We're using innovative methods to measure how we use our time and uncover associations to health, wellbeing, and disease risk.

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Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)

Location University of South Australia, City East Campus, Frome Road, GPO Box 2471 Adelaide, SA, 5001