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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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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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Sport and Physical Activity Research is being undertaken

Last Updated: 6/6/2016

The Robertson Trust, sportscotland, Scottish Government and the Sport for Change Network are doing some research.

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Living Streets research highlights benefits of walking

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

To coincide with National Walking Month Living Streets have published research relating to the benefits of walking.

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Inactivity costs Europe over €80 billion

Last Updated: 7/29/2015

The total cost to Europe’s economy from inactivity is estimated to be €80.4 billion per year.

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UK Adults Unaware of Physical Activity Guidelines

Last Updated: 6/19/2015

Study finds two-thirds of working-age English adults don’t know the UK recommended weekly physical activity guidelines.

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Switching to Active Travel Reduces BMI

Last Updated: 6/15/2015

Research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has concluded that switching from car use to active travel reduces Body Mass Index (BMI).

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Physical Activity Associated with Mortality

Last Updated: 5/19/2015

Increases in physical activity is as important as smoking cessation for reduction in total mortality in elderly men according to the Oslo II study.

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Inactive children 'become middle-aged couch potatoes'

Last Updated: 3/20/2015

More inactive children evidence building on that of the British Cohort Study

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Inactivity 'kills more than obesity'

Last Updated: 1/22/2015

A lack of exercise could be killing twice as many people as obesity in Europe, a 12-year study of more than 300,000 people suggests.

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