Latest Physical activity level Stories

2013-08-22 12:53:36

Girls, kids of Indian ethnic origin, and those in Northern Ireland are least active Half of all UK seven year olds are sedentary for six to seven hours every day, and only half clock up the recommended daily minimum of moderate to vigorous physical activity, indicates research published in the online journal BMJ Open. Girls, children of Indian ethnic origin, and those living in Northern Ireland are the least physically active of all seven year olds, the findings show. The authors...

2013-07-02 10:59:58

Impact equal to stopping kids using older generation sedentary versions Most electronic games are no better than watching TV in terms of the body movement and energy expenditure involved, say the authors. Kids in developed countries spend an estimated 38 to 90 minutes a day playing these games. But what has not been clear is whether the newer generation "active" games, such as Sony PlayStation EyeToy and Move, dance mats, and Microsoft Xbox Kinect, are any better. The Australian...

2012-08-16 00:44:21

Children who spend more than three-quarters of their time engaging in sedentary behaviour, such as watching TV and sitting at computers, have up to nine times poorer motor coordination than their more active peers, reveals a study published in the American Journal of Human Biology. The study, involving Portuguese children, found that physical activity alone was not enough to overcome the negative effect of sedentary behaviour on basic motor coordination skills such as walking, throwing or...

2012-06-21 13:38:11

Kids are more active if their TV time is restricted or they are involved in school sports clubs, among other associations, according to a study published June 20 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The authors, led by Mark Pearce of Newcastle University, reveal that children are not spending enough time being active and that girls are already becoming more sedentary than boys by the age of eight. Using information from the Gateshead Millennium Study, which collected data from over...

Social Networks Affect A Child's Physical Activity
2012-05-29 04:31:47

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A study by a team of researchers at Vanderbilt School of Medicine recently found that children who have active peers engage in more physical activity themselves. This idea of peer pressure affecting the exercise of children, influencing healthy habits, and rates of reducing obesity is published in the journal Pediatrics. Sabina Gesell, a research assistant professor in pediatrics at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and fellow researchers examined groups of...

2010-11-10 13:25:04

During college years, students become more sedentary and as their physical activity levels decrease, Body Mass Index and weight increase. "Basically, students came out of college significantly less active and heavier compared to the start of their freshman year," said Jeanne Johnston, assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "But it is a gradual process." She and her colleagues conducted a survey that asked a sample population of undergraduate students...

2010-09-14 09:00:00

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Polar (www.polarusa.com), the leader in heart rate monitoring and fitness assessment technologies, today introduced the Polar Active activity monitor - an easy-to-use training computer that allows students to measure and record their physical activity level - along with PolarGoFit.com, an online service for teachers and students to monitor and track student activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) children...

2009-09-15 13:44:30

Even people living in their 80's can add years to their lives through exercise, according to a new report. Writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers studied the effects of "continuing, increasing, or decreasing physical activity levels on survival, function, and health status among the very old." Compared to sedentary individuals, the three-year survival rate among 85-year-olds was about three times higher. For the study, researchers identified inactivity as getting less than...

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