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Despite its importance, PA support and promotion is not always prioritised. MDTs lack confidence in their ability to promote PA. Standardised advice and training relating to optimal intensities, durations and types of PA would provide a baseline from which to individualise advice to each patient and could increase confidence in PA promotion among MDTs. Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S003194061930032X (March 2020)
We need to be aware of the benefits of physical activity and simple methods of physical activity promotion, so we can take advantage of any opportunity to promote a more physically active lifestyle. By educating our future physiotherapists at the University of Canberra to promote physical activity at any opportunity, we plan to make every contact count. Source: https://www.physiosforpa.com/post/physiotherapy-students-need-to-know-why-we-prescribe-physical-activity-an-interview-with-dr-freene (
The results indicate notable differences between peer-reviewed literature and Extension programs and present an opportunity for Extension programs to more effectively use evidence-based program characteristics, including behavioral theories and group dynamics, a combination of physical activity components, and educator/agent-trained delivery agents. Source: https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article-abstract/59/4/e268/4796914?redirectedFrom=fulltext (January 2019)
Collective Skate Gal Club say they've taught 200 women how to ride, while creating a platform to promote women's rights. "Our generation have really stepped up the game – my grandmother didn’t have the opportunities that I have at my age." Akpene says. "Ultimately, it's about creating a community where people feel can be safe to try anything, to explore – to learn." Source: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/4ag3pg/skate-gal-club-ghana-gender-equality-metoo-assault-survivors (February 2020)
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced £3.5m of funding to encourage more children to walk to school in a bid to improve air pollution and reduce congestion during peak hours. £2.5m of the funding will be available for the ‘Walk To’ fund, which aims to support a further 1,200 primary and secondary schools, colleges and workplaces to choose walking rather than driving on their daily commute.  Source: https://airqualitynews.com/2020/02/10/3-5m-government-funding-to-encourage-children-to
Dr. Campbell, BSc.PT, PhD, is a physical therapist and research scientist who is leading the effort to understand the role of exercise in cancer prevention, rehabilitation and survivorship. Her group focuses on principles of exercise physiology, clinical trials methodology and epidemiology to examine the beneficial effects of exercise and inform clinical practice. Listen as Dr. Campbell discusses the role that exercise plays in reducing your risk and improving your recovery. Source: https://www
The healthiest organisations from the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey were able to save an average of 11.5 days of unproductive time per person per year compared to a typical workplace. For an organisation employing 1,000 people, that amounts to 11,500 working days a year, which is equivalent to employing another 50 people. Source: https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/why-your-people-want-to-get-healthy-but-cant/ (February 2020)
In our new research that we conducted with our primary school health network, HAPPEN, we found that The Daily Mile can make a massive difference to children’s lives. It makes children realise they are good at running, that running is something they can do with friends and most importantly that they can have fun being active. Source: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/running-mile-day-children-healthier-140734245.html (February 2020)
The findings show that in primary school children, the Daily Mile intervention is effective at increasing levels of MVPA, reducing sedentary time, increasing physical fitness and improving body composition. Source: https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-018-1049-z (May 2018)
The lack of access to public transport is generally considered to be a risk factor for childhood obesity by discouraging active transport and thus physical activity. A total of 25 cross-sectional and two longitudinal studies conducted in 10 countries were identified. These observations suggest that an increased level of access to public transport may have a health-promoting effect and hence prevent the development of childhood obesity. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32003139 (J
One way to increase physical activity in offices is to install treadmill workstations. In this 13-month study, we explored the experiences of office workers with treadmill workstations available in their offices. Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0228194#sec018 (January 2020)
High TV time is associated with poor physical fitness in youth. Accordingly, intervention strategies need to target a meaningful utilization of TV and other screen-based activities in addition to the promotion of PA in order to ensure sufficient physical fitness in youth. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31993349 (December 2019)
Reduced risk of future heart failure in healthy women may be achieved by remaining physically active from young middle age and throughout life or by increasing the level of physical activity. This is particularly important for sedentary women in middle age. The role of physical activity in preventing the development of obesity must be taken into account. Source: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02813432.2020.1717083 (March 2019)
Although physical activity and sleep have physical health benefits, they may not be protective against future emotional and behavioral problems in childhood in the general population. BMI in the obese or overweight range was significantly associated with current emotional and behavioral problems at the age of 11 years. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32004246 (January 2020)
Overall the Daily Mile had a small but non-significant effect on BMIz, however, it had a greater effect in girls suggesting that it might be considered as a cost-effective component of a system-wide approach to childhood obesity prevention. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31988481 (January 2020)