Workplace Fitness: Climbing the Ladder

If you like your workplace ‘edgy’, the latest trend to hit the east coast of the US is for you. Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) runs shared working spaces combined with gyms: desks are fitted with heave bars and fitness equipment, and there is even an entire rock climbing centre between the rows of workstations. “I’ll be… Read More

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Linking Physical Activity, Mortality & Adiposity

Research Paper Title Physical Activity and All-cause Mortality Across Levels of Overall and Abdominal Adiposity in European Men and Women: The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study (EPIC). Background The higher risk of death resulting from excess adiposity may be attenuated by physical activity (PA). However, the theoretical number of deaths reduced by eliminating physical inactivity compared… Read More

Olympic Legacy: Sporting Activity has fallen by 400,000 since 2011

The proportion of people in England aged 16 or above taking part in sport at least once a week fell from 36.2% (15,890,400) during the Olympic Games in 2011-12 to 35.5% (15,491,200) in 2014-15. The Local Government Association called for the government and Sport England to redirect some of the £500 million for sport between… Read More

Vietnam: What are the Prevalence of & Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus?

Research Paper Title Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Vietnam: A Systematic Review. Background This systematic review examined trends in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and identified its risk factors among adults in Vietnam. Methods PubMed, Web of Science, Wiley Online Library, and Scopus databases were searched to… Read More

Would More Physical Education Reduce Youth Overweight?

The prevalence of youth overweight has risen dramatically over the past three decades in the U.S. and now represents an epidemic. Since 1970, the fraction of children that are overweight has nearly quadrupled among 6 to 11 year olds and more than doubled among 12 to 19 year olds. Currently, one in six children aged… Read More

Why Don’t People Exercise, Even a Little?

I simply had to share this article by Douglas Kamerow, writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), who (wittily) talks about why people don’t exercise, even a little: Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Physical inactivity is estimated to cause 3.2 million deaths a year globally, making it number four on the list… Read More

MPs State that GPs should Focus on Physical Activity not Obesity

Clinicians should promote physical activity regularly to their patients rather than focus on dealing with their obesity, MPs have said. In a report from the Health Committee (Impact of Physical Activity & Diet on Health (Health Committee, 2015-03-25)), MPs said that far greater emphasis was needed on physical activity independent of issues such as obesity,… Read More