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Despite remaining in resting postures for long periods of time, the Hazda people did not show any signs of the health conditions associated with a sedentary lifestyle. The researchers said is because the Hazda squatting and kneeling uses more muscle movement than sitting on a chair. Source: http://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2020/03/12/news/squatting-or-kneeling-better-for-health-than-sitting-scientists-claim-1862901/ 12th March 2020
The Scottish Government’s Health and Sport Committee, “Social Prescribing: Physical activity is an investment, not a cost”, is different is in that it seeks to better understand how incorporating physical activity and sport into social prescribing could particularly improve the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland. Source: https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/18306232.must-emphasise-physical-benefits-sport/ 15th March 2020
More GPs should prescribe walking to improve mental health and long-term physical health conditions, says a new report published today (Friday 6 March) by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.   Source: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news-and-blog/press-media/doctors-should-prescribe-walking-to-improve-mental-health-says-new-report (March 2020)
WHO Recommendations for placing children at the centre, including Local government leaders should establish a cross-cutting team to mobilise action for child health and wellbeing, involving civil society, children themselves, and other stakeholders as appropriate Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32540-1/fulltext?dgcid=etoc-edschoice_email_tlchildhealth20_infocus20 (February 2020)
The Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which aims to improve the lives of people in Gloucestershire. One of the key elements to do this is through physical activity Source: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/gloucestershire-health-and-wellbeing-board/our-focus/? (September 2019)
The study focused on older adults who had milder problems with memory and thinking skills. The researchers found that six months of moderate exercise -- walking or pedaling a stationary bike -- turned some of those issues around. Source: https://consumer.healthday.com/fitness-information-14/walking-health-news-288/just-6-months-of-walking-may-boost-aging-brains-740826.html (December 2018)
Physiotherapists integrated promotion of physical activity, however there is a poor understanding of brief interventions and poor knowledge of PA guidelines. They also were not meeting current PA recommendations themselves Source: https://bmjopensem.bmj.com/content/bmjosem/3/1/e000290.full.pdf (September 2017)
This review revealed considerable variability between national/international physical activity guideline quality, development and recommendations, highlighting the need for rigorous and transparent guideline development methodologies to ensure appropriate guidance for population-based approaches. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32041635 (February 2020)
1h a week of combined training for 30 weeks improved morphological and health-related markers as well as exercise performance in obese adolescents in both normoxic and hypoxic conditions. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32037783 (February 2020)
Study suggests that higher levels of urban development have mixed effects on health and adds further evidence that socioeconomic distress has adverse impacts on multiple physical and mental health outcomes. e.g. Single lane roads were associated with increased diabetes and obesity, while non-single-family home buildings were associated with decreased obesity, diabetes and inactivity. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32050938 (February 2020)
There is so much to be gained by enabling children to play and be active. It’s time for a joined- up approach to supporting children’s health and wellbeing and a recognition that only by working together will we deliver the changes necessary to protect the health of future generations. Source: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Play-final-report.pdf (August 2018)