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Latest National Physical Activity Guidelines Stories

2011-12-07 11:12:29

Environmental approaches improving physical activity levels and dietary habits are key Targeting children aged six to 12 with school-based programs that encourage healthy eating, physical activity and positive attitudes to body image are among a range of interventions that can help reduce levels of obesity, according to a new review of the evidence. While some people argue against taking action because they worry that the action could itself do harm, evidence of harm due to the...

2010-07-26 12:36:00

NEW YORK, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest health problems facing the United States today is childhood obesity. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese. Many kids are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, or video game-console. And today's busy families have fewer free moments to prepare nutritious,...

2009-03-19 09:08:24

Children who exercise in bouts of activity lasting five minutes or longer are less likely to become obese than those whose activity levels are more sporadic and typically last less than five minutes each, Queen's University researchers have discovered.Led by Kinesiology and Health Studies professor Ian Janssen, the new study supports Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Youth, which call for children to accumulate at least 90 minutes of  moderate-to-vigorous physical...

2009-03-02 11:29:36

Pregnancy has been a time when a woman sometimes indulges in eating for two but U.S. researchers said this may contribute to child obesity. Pregnant women have always been hands off, Dr. Robert Kushner, of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity and Northwestern University said in a statement. People have always been afraid to intervene in pregnancy because you may do harm. What we are finding is by doing nothing, we are probably doing more harm. New evidence indicates that a...

2008-10-08 18:00:33

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New physical activity guidelines released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will give Americans the information they need to achieve and maintain good health, according to YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the nation's 2,686 not-for-profit YMCAs. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans set achievable goals for everyone and can be customized according to a person's interests, lifestyle, health...

2008-10-06 09:00:10

One-quarter Australian children overweight or obese: survey CANBERRA, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The diets of Australian teenagers are severely lacking in fruit and vegetables and almost one- quarter of children are overweight or obese, according to Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Report issued on Friday. Only one percent of 14 to 16-year-olds eat enough fruit, while just 5 percent of that age bracket meets the daily recommended vegetable intake, and four out of...

2008-09-24 15:01:01

Comment August must have been the most exciting sporting month in our national consciousness in living memory (rivalled only by that marvellous month in 1966). Our Olympians (and more recently our Paralympians) showed the world that we can be world leaders if we focus on results and have a clear strategy, which is underpinned by a financial and professional commitment by all stakeholders - from the Government to those responsible for managing the implementation of a plan designed to...

2008-09-15 18:00:00

By Professor Julian Halcox MAJOR advances have been made in the treatment and prevention of heart disease over the past few decades, resulting in a progressive fall in the number of people suffering and dying from conditions such as heart attack and stroke. But a worrying increase in the number of overweight or obese people - particularly children and young adults - is set to reverse these trends. If this is not dealt with effectively, we look set to see a resurgence of these largely...

2008-08-17 18:00:12

By LYNDSAY MOSS China's Olympics have captivated even the couch potatoes among us, but Scots need motivation to build exercise into their lives. FITTING exercise into everyday life is not easy. The pressure of work and family mean that physical activity is often the last thing on people's minds - who would want to go to the gym when there is a comfy armchair waiting for you in front of the TV after a hard day at work? But the fact is, with Scotland named the second-fattest nation in...

2008-08-13 15:00:00

By Lindsey Tanner CHICAGO - You can look great in a swimsuit and still be a heart attack waiting to happen. And you can also be overweight and otherwise healthy. A new study suggests that a surprising number of overweight people - about half - have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while an equally startling number of trim people suffer from some of the ailments associated with obesity. The first national estimate of its kind bolsters the argument that you can be heavy but...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'