More physical activity, less screen time linked with lower BMI in kids

June 3, 2017 3:35 pm

Children who meet guidelines encouraging more physical activity and less TV have a lower risk of obesity, according to new research presented over the weekend at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal. Carried out by a team from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., the study looked at the effect

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No motivation to exercise? Focus less on intensity, and more on happiness

May 28, 2017 3:28 pm

You join a gym with the intention of improving your fitness and losing weight, only to lose motivation and stop going within a matter of weeks. Sound familiar? You’re not alone; 67 percent of us have gym memberships that we never use. But for women, focusing on exercise that makes them happy, rather than focusing on exercise intensity, may be

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Regular physical activity and reduced sedentary time reduces build-up of dangerous liver fat

May 28, 2017 3:25 pm

New research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Porto, Portugal (17-20 May) shows that both regular physical activity and avoiding inactivity (sedentary behaviour) help reduce build-up of dangerous liver fat, an important complication of obesity. The study is conducted by Dr Kelly Bowden-Davies and led by Dr Dan Cuthbertson,

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Higher intensity physical activity reduces likelihood of fatigue in healthy older adults

May 26, 2017 3:30 pm

Physical activity interventions that emphasize vigorous exercise may help high-functioning older adults maintain low fatigability, according to data presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting. “Fatigability has been identified as a marker of mobility decline in older adults,” A. R. Peterson, from the Philadelphia College

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For the first time, more than half of Americans are getting the recommended amount of exercise

May 23, 2017 3:32 pm

Americans are getting more active. On May 22, the US Centers for Disease Control published preliminary results of 2016 National Health Interview Survey. These surveys have been conducted annually since 1997, and ask a geographically and racially representative sample of over 73,000 adults about their health habits. For the first time, more than half

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Family dog found helping boost physical activity for kids with disabilities

May 12, 2017 3:34 pm

SEATTLE, (Xinhua) — A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) indicates that the family dog could serve as a partner in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. Researchers found in a case study published in the journal Animals of one 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his

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#MoveInMay – Get up and Get Moving

May 3, 2017 2:40 pm

It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is excited to keep the journey from #0to60 going by encouraging everyone to #MoveInMay. This May, stay motivated with the President’s Council’s Presidential Champions and Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) programs!

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CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity releases a status report for Step it Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

April 5, 2017 8:44 pm

In honor of National Walking Day, the Surgeon General’s Call to Action Step It Up has been released! Check out the new report on the state of walking and walkable communities across the country. Step It Up – Call to Action Status Report

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State Physical Activity Plans – Expanding Roadmaps for Change

March 30, 2017 6:30 pm

By Kate Olscamp, Communications Coordinator with the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) acts as a comprehensive roadmap facilitating widespread achievement of the Physical Activity Guidelines. The vision of the NPAP is that “one day, all Americans will be physically active, and they will live, work,

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Home neighborhood motivates older people to physical activity

March 30, 2017 6:29 pm

A recent study conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä shows that walk-friendly environmental design may provide opportunities for physical activity in old age. However, especially when mobility function starts to decline, it is important that older adults are aware of attractive environmental factors in their

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