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Weekend warriors’ still get important health benefits

Last Updated: 2/17/2017

New research from Loughborough University, University of Leicester and University College London, has found that people who cram all of their weekly exercise into one or two sessions, eg, at the weekend have a reduced risk of death from any cause of cardiovascular disease. The study included data from 63,591 participants, which was taken from the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey between 1994 and 2012. Participants' activity levels were classified as inactive, sufficiently active, weekend warriors or regularly active. Researchers examined the association between their physical activity patterns and the risk of death, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Compared with the inactive group, all groups saw a reduction in risk of death and cardiovascular disease. The researchers conclude that: “Weekend warrior and other leisure time physical activity patterns characterised by one or two sessions per week may be sufficient to reduce all-case, cardiovascular and cancer mortality risks regardless of adherence to prevailing physical activity guidelines”. The full journal article can be accessed below:

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World Day for Physical Activity on Wednesday 6th April

Last Updated: 2/15/2017

World Day for Physical Activity will take place on Wednesday 6 April 2016. “Active Child; Healthy Adult” is this year's central theme. Celebrate by organising an event and/or activity that encourages individuals and various community groups to be active. Register your event on the website to contribute to the log of activities taking place across the world. These events can be publicised by downloading promotional posters from the World Physical Activity Day website.

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Sport for Everyone Inquiry - Survey

Last Updated: 1/16/2017

The Health and Sport Committee has today launched an inquiry looking at participation in sport in Scotland. The remit for this work is: to consider the degree of progress made in recent years around access to, and participation in, sport in Scotland. To make recommendations in ensuring that the Commonwealth Games "Active Legacy" aims of increasing access to and participation in sport continue over the medium to long term. As part of the inquiry, a short survey has also been launched on sport participation which only takes a couple of minutes to complete. The survey will run until 7th February 2017 and can be accessed from the link below:

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Transport Statistics, Great Britain 2016

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The Department of Transport has released the latest statistics on travel habits in the UK revealing that 22% of all trips in the UK were made by walking in 2015. However, walking and cycling trips have declined since 1995/97. Main findings: •The average distance a person walked in 2015 was 185 miles – equivalent of the distance from London to Manchester. •44% of children aged 5-10 years and 37% of children aged 11-16 years walk to school. •15% of adults in England cycled at least once a month. The full survey can be accessed from the link below:

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Scottish Health and Social Care Plan

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The Scottish Government has published its Health and Social Care Delivery Plan which emphasises an approach based on anticipation, prevention and self-management through creating a culture where health behaviours are the norm. In 2017, a new delivery plan will aim to reduce inequalities in physical activity across Scotland. In 2019, an NHS Physical Activity pathway will be embedded in all appropriate clinical settings to ensure that hospitals routinely support staff and patients to be more active, in schools to create quality activity opportunities and in the community through the delivery of 200 Community Sports Hubs. The full delivery plan can be accessed from the link below:

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Interactive body map: physical inactivity and the risk to your health

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

A new interactive body map brings together scientific evidence on the links between a lack of physical activity and risk of disease. The map allows users to click on coloured dots around the human body to reveal the risk posed by inactivity. For example, clicking on the lungs reveals that there is a 35% higher risk of getting lung cancer if you are physically inactive. You can also filter by disease or condition type. The full interactive map can be downloaded below:

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Sport participation continues to rise

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The latest figures from the Active People Survey (APS) in England 10 (October 2015-September 2016) reveal that sport participation continues an upward trend, with 15.97 million people (aged 16+) playing sport at least once a week. This is an increase of approximately 230,000 since 12 months ago and 1.9 million since the first APS in 2005/06. A demographic breakdown reveals an increase in the number of women playing sport and getting active with more than 7.2 million women regularly taking part in sport and physical activity. This has narrowed the gender gap, which once stood at over two million to 1.55 million. Going to the gym and keep fit sessions remain popular with exercise classes, eg, spinning, pilates and boxercise continuing to attract large numbers of people. Swimming is still the most popular sport, followed by athletics, cycling and football. Full statistics can be downloaded below:

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John Muir Award Activity Growth

Last Updated: 1/9/2017

The popular central Scotland walking trail has attracted many more John Muir Award participants. John Muir Awards have been completed by 555 participants who visited the John Muir Way as part of their Award this year. Of these Awards, 28% were achieved by people experiencing some form of disadvantage. The year has seen an increase in the range of different Award activities taking place on the John Muir Way – from school pupils getting to know local wild places, to community champions receiving training on how Muir-related initiatives can encourage diverse communities to access, experience and enjoy the outdoors.

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Scotland review of Active Travel policy implementation

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

In 2015, the Scottish Government undertook a review of how its policies relating to active travel are implemented across the country. It aimed to understand how policies can deliver high levels of active travel. The report concluded that the Scottish Government’s ambition for increased levels of walking and cycling is recognised by and shared across various policy areas but that there are potential weaknesses in policy delivery. Key findings To improve active travel outcomes, it is recommended that the Scottish Government: improves the evidence base of the benefits of active travel and on what types of investment are most effective to increase rates of walking and cycling undertakes more rigorous monitoring of active travel uptake, by location and socio-demographic group, in order to identify locations and groups for which investment may be particularly worthwhile, and to identify successes where they arise takes a lead, through advocacy and/or specific funding, in promoting active travel in particular target locations and/or for particular target groups expands funding for active travel measures if possible, but particularly seeks to provide longer-term consistency of funding, especially revenue funding.

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Let’s get moving

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

A new campaign from Age Scotland to inspire and help older adults to keep active with age. The aim of Let’s Get Moving is to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and exercise and encourage older people to build this into their daily lives, especially if they aren’t currently active. Age Scotland is planning some ‘challenge’ events to inspire older adults to get active, the first of which is The Coastline Challenge. Older adults are encouraged to get involved individually or in groups to pick a piece of the Scottish Coastline and cover the distance in any way possible – either through walking, jogging, dancing or cycling. Age Scotland is trying to reach a total of 6,160 miles.

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Ramblers' Walking Pals Photo Competition

Last Updated: 12/6/2016

Ramblers Scotland's new Walking Pals photography competition provides a great excuse to get active this month. The walking charity is looking for entries that show that walking isn't just good for your health but also a wonderful way to be sociable and make friends. The winner will collect a walking holiday for them and a friend in the Lake District worth £500. And two runners - up will each win £50 Cotswold Outdoor vouchers. The deadline is 31st January and winners will be contacted in March. You can find out more details and enter at: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/walking-pals-photography-competition.aspx

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New Health Scotland Website

Last Updated: 11/24/2016

NHS Health Scotland has just launched its new website, www.healthscotland.scot. Easy to navigate and use on any device, the site has prominent focus on addressing and helping share improved understanding about health inequalities, offering access to useful information, research, tools and resources. The site, including our Physical Activity page, is designed to provide information and practical support with the aim of benefitting policy and practice to reduce health inequalities and improve health The website is being delivered in phases and we welcome any feedback to help us improve it to meet your needs. Once you’ve explored the site you can share your thoughts on it using the feedback form link that sits on every page. Make sure you bookmark our new site so that you are able to access, use and share key facts and practical resources when you need them.

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A walk in the park for volunteer award winners

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Walk in the Park’ Walk Leaders were presented with the ‘Champion Community Award’ at a recent award ceremony. This award acknowledges the community approach of the Walk Leaders who work to improve the life for those who live in and visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The Community Partnership Awards each year celebrates the role of volunteers from communities within the National Park. These awards recognise the amazing work being carried out at grassroots level in communities The Walk in the Park Project’s 33 Walk Leaders, from across the four walking groups in Balloch, Killin, Callander and Aberfoyle were honoured to receive the Champion Community Award, recognising the amazing role the Volunteer Walk Leaders play in the success of the Walk in the Park Project. It is a fantastic achievement and really well deserved.

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Children's activity across the globe

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Report cards on the physical activity of children and youth across the world have been released revealing how countries compare in getting their youth active. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance was responsible for organising the cards which graded countries on nine common indicators, overall physical activity, organised sport participation, active play, active transportation, sedentary behavior, family and peers, school community and the built environment and government strategies and investment. The cards reflect standardised grading across countries ranging from A= excellent to F = failing. In the UK, the grades given for overall physical activity are: England D Scotland F Wales D There is no data available for Northern Ireland.

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Sport and Mental Health - Young People

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Sport and organised exercise should be used to promote better mental health for young people (aged 14-25 years) is the conclusion of a new report published by StreetGames and the Association for Young People’s Health. Young people are most commonly affected by anxiety and depression, eating disorders, conduct disorder, substance use disorder, ADHD and autism. However, this new review shows that the benefits of sport for mental health include preventing problems from arising and promoting positive youth development to treat mental health problems once they exist. The new literature review examines the connection between young people’s mental health and sport participation focusing on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Its aim was to find out which components of sport seem to be linked to good outcomes, and what is known about the potential mechanisms.

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Benefits of green space on health

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Areas with more accessible green space are associated with better mental and physical health, according to a new POSTnote by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The POSTnote is a research summary of the physical and mental health benefits of contact with nature. Research into the public health benefits of urban green spaces has focused on three main areas: physical activity, mental health and exposure to nature as a treatment for some conditions. The POSTnote found that there is a link between people’s physical environment and their activity behaviour, with those living closer to a green space being more likely to use it. Those living closest to green areas have also been found to have reduced levels of mortality, obesity and obesity related illness.

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Cycling taskforce in Scotland

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Ambitious cycling plans in Scotland are being reinvigorated with the introduction of a new taskforce. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf announced the plans for a taskforce, the main aim of which will be to drive forward ambitious cycling infrastructure such as segregated cycle paths, at the Active Travel Summit last week. The Minister also unveiled details of the latest round of the multi-million pound Community Links PLUS competition which seeks ambitious design projects that restore balance in Scotland’s streets in favour of people walking and cycling. The new taskforce, chaired by Transport Scotland, will begin its work following the publication of the updated Cycling Action Plan for Scotland in December. Key organisations such as COSLA, the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland and other delivery partners will be invited to take an active part in the group.

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World Walking

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

World Walking celebrated its third birthday in October 2016. Developed simply to motivate people to walk more, World Walking now has over 15,000 active users of all ages in over 50 countries around the world. This free and easy online system can be used by individuals and groups, anytime, anywhere. and can be used in conjunction with Fitbit and Jawbone activity trackers as well as the Apple Health Kit. Getting started is simple. Just join the website, or download the app on your smartphone, choose your virtual walk... and go!

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Changes in children’s body mass index

Last Updated: 10/25/2016

New statistics have been released by Public Health England showing the changes in children’s weight between 2006/07 and 2014/15 based on data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

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Age Scotland Coastline Challenge

Last Updated: 10/25/2016

The coastline and borders of Scotland is the setting for Age Scotland’s Let’s Get Moving challenge!

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