Hot off the Press
Physical activity is increasingly acknowledged as one of the keys to preventing chronic disease. Yet its position remains low compared to efforts to address risk factors like smoking, hypertension, poor diet, and obesity and “is often described as the ’Cinderella’ of non-communicable disease prevention" says Australian physical activity and public health expert Professor Adrian Bauman.
Professor of Public Health at Sydney University, Professor Bauman told delegates at the ANA national nutrition and physical activity conference in Rotorua that despite physical inactivity posing a similar risk to these other factors, investments in promoting it have generally been lower, particularly from the health sector.[read more]
ACC and AUT University are looking for active New Zealanders, of all ages and fitness levels, to take part in a trial of the effectiveness of ActiveSmart - a free online site that provides customised fitness training plans.
ActiveSmart was set up by ACC and aims to encourage Kiwis of all ages and fitness levels to be more active, but in a safe manner that won’t result in injury. Its customised plans are created by fitness experts, and cover walking, running, cycling, and multidiscipline options.
The trial aims to evaluate the current use of ActiveSmart, and to find ways of maximising its value to active New Zealanders.[read more]
Had a good boogie lately? When did you last get your sweat on? Tried something a little different lately?
These messages from the current All Right? Campaign remind us about the importance of being active and moving more!
For many people, starting out and staying active are a struggle. That’s where Active Canterbury wants to help![read more]
The British Mental Health Foundation published "Let’s Get Physical", a report on the impact of physical activity on mental wellbeing in May 2013.
The report was published to coincide with British Mental Health Awareness Week 2013 which highlighted the impact physical activity and exercise have on mental health and wellbeing.
This report provides an overview of current research into the impact of physical activity on mental health. It looks as a range of components of mental health including mood, stress, self-esteem and anxiety; as well as considering some specific mental health conditions. Illustrated with real-life case studies, the report also provides practical suggestions for increasing physical activity levels.[read more]
World Physical inactivity is one of the most common and persistent contributors to poor health in the world. It is defined as the failure to achieve the minimum recommended physical activity - for adults 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week, or an equivalent combination.
Rates of physical inactivity throughout the world suggest that we are failing to promote regular physical activity effectively. The reason does not lie in a lack of social recognition of the importance of physical activity or in a failure to address the issue on the part of policy-makers and public health agencies. Indeed, how best to promote regular physical activity has been hotly discussed for decades.
Read an exceprt from the editorial in the June 2013 Bulletin of the World Health Organisation with some food for thought on why the physical activity message doesn't seem to be getting through.[read more]
American adults who prepare their own meals and exercise on the same day are likely spending more time on one of those activities at the expense of the other, a new study suggests.
The research showed that a 10-minute increase in food preparation time was associated with a lower probability of exercising for 10 more minutes -- for both men and women. The finding applied to single and married adults as well as parents and those who have no children.
Researchers analyzed nationally available data on more than 112,000 American adults who had reported their activities for the previous 24 hours. Of those, 16 percent of men and 12 percent of women reported that they had exercised on the previous day. And men spent, on average, almost 17 minutes preparing food, compared to an average of 44 minutes for women.[read more]
Physical inactivity is costing the country a fortune, according to a new joint local government study using an approach called full cost accounting (FCA).
The study shows that physical inactivity in the Auckland, Waikato, and Wellington regions costs $648 million a year. Since about half the country’s population live in the three surveyed regions, this equates to an estimated cost of about $1.3 billion in 2010 for the whole country, or 0.7% of total GDP.[read more]
- Monday, January 28, 2013
This NZ Association of Gerontology study examined whether perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity differed based on allocation to 2 different types of primary-care activity prescription programs (pedometer-based vs. time-based Green Prescription). Eighty participants from the Healthy Steps study completed a questionnaire that assessed their perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity.[read more]
EXULT facilitate a number of workshops for community groups covering topics such as:
- marketing, and
- volunteer related topics.
For those organisations who feel a little 'stuck', we also run a great session on problem solving and thinking outside the square! It will change the way your organisation runs.[read more]
The Cape and Google is awarded monthly by Catch Fitness to an activity provider or someone that supports providers.[read more]
Inactivity has significant costs to the Health System. This report looks at the economic benefit of such things as cycleways and walkways.[read more]
A new study led by the University of Leicester, in association with colleagues at Loughborough University, including Stuart Biddle, has discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.[read more]
A University of Canterbury study has found that high intensity interval training could provide a time-saving alternative to traditional slower endurance exercise.
"The importance of physical activity for health cannot be underestimated. The links between physical inactivity and increased risk of developing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease are significant," said Dr Draper (Sciences and Physical Education).
"Being physically active has long been associated with improved fitness and health. Yet ironically, as our working lives place decreased physical demands on our bodies we also tend to be less physically active in our leisure time. A lack of time is the most common reason for our more physically inactive leisure pursuits."[read more]
Active video games have been on the market for some time now, but how useful are they as a tool to increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviour and aid rehabilitation?
The British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) recently summarised what is known about active video gaming (known as exergaming) from both laboratory and ‘real life’ research.[read more]
Just Stand is a new website designed to encourage people to reduce the amount of time they spend sitting. The site includes research, tools and some very entertaining videos designed to inspire people to reduce their sedentary behaviour.[read more]
The Community Health Information Centre at Community and Public Health (Christchurch) no longer has a physical shop that you can visit.
Resources are still available to order via other channels (phone, fax and email).[read more]
Doing exercise every day can considerably reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, even if you start becoming physically active after 80 years of age, researchers from Rush University Medical Center reported in the journal Neurology.
The researchers added that increased physical activity may include becoming involved in daily chores, such as housework. "The results of our study indicate that all physical activities including exercise as well as other activities such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease".[read more]
Research undertaken by Germany's society of Nuerologists and the Stroke Society showed that 15 minutes of exercise a day made a surprising contribution to improving overall health. The study in Taiwan had over 400,000 participants whose health status was checked regularly over 8 years.[read more]
The British Heart Foundation 11th annual conference brought together the latest evidence on the most effective approaches to promoting physical activity across the life course and explored how to use this information to develop evidence based physical activity interventions and funding applications.[read more]
A study from a team of researchers, using a large population, found depression to be related to increasing moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity and decreasing sedentary time among overweight and obese adults.[read more]
Recent research from the Australian Diabetes Obesity and Lifestyle study have shown that for every hour an adult spends sitting in front of the television they could be shortening their life span by 22 minutes.[read more]
Recent research has provided good-quality evidence that sedentary behaviour in childhood does indeed "track" at moderate levels to those individuals being sedentary in adulthood.[read more]