High physical activity levels may counter serious health harms of poor sleep

Physical activity levels at or above the weekly recommended amounts may counter the serious health harms associated with poor sleep quality, suggests a large long term study, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Those who had both the poorest sleep quality and who exercised the least were most at risk of death from heart disease, stroke, and […]

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Physical punishment happening less in New Zealand, but still common, shows study

There is a clear downward trend in the number of parents using physical violence as a punishment in New Zealand, but its use is still relatively common, a new University of Otago study reveals. Anti-smacking legislation that prohibited the use of physical punishment of children was introduced in New Zealand in 2007. The Otago study, to be published tomorrow in […]

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Social connection, social support and physical exercise key to overcoming adversity

David Creswell and his daughter recently bought ice skates, and on a good week, they hit the ice every couple of days. The new winter tradition is more than just fun, said Creswell, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The activity combines exercise and social interaction—two evidence-based strategies that can […]

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Teen dislike of physical appearance strong predictor of depression in early adulthood

Teens who are unhappy with their physical appearance are at significantly heightened risk of depression by the time they reach early adulthood, reveals the first UK study of its kind, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The size of the increased risk ranges from 50% to 285%, the findings show, with boys more likely to experience […]

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Study reveals physical demands of two-hour marathon

Elite runners need a specific combination of physiological abilities to have any chance of running a sub-two-hour marathon, new research shows. The study is based on detailed testing of athletes who took part in Nike’s Breaking2 project—an ambitious bid to break the two-hour barrier. Professor Andrew Jones, of the University of Exeter, said the findings reveal that elite marathon runners […]

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How to prioritize healthy behaviors to support kids’ physical and mental health

As cities and states across the country enact phased guidelines to re-open, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, encourages parents and caregivers to consider the same concept for re-prioritizing healthy routines that influence both immediate and long-term health. “During this unprecedented time, parents and caregivers have been the primary […]

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Strong relationships promote physical activity in older adults

Relationships are key to influencing positive health behaviors and should not be forgotten during social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Strong relationships can help adults stay active in older age, according to a new study from public health researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, in collaboration with international partners. The results, published in the Journal of Aging […]

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