Physical Activity

How Active Are Kids At School?

Helen Schoeb | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Schoeb

An increasing number of parents are concerned about their children's activity levels or are aware of a health risk relating to their lack of exercise. For that reason, you may wonder how active your kids really are once you send them off for their first day of school.

Are Esports Diluting The Physical Activity Message?

Max Harvey | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Tech
Max Harvey

If we want children to engage in more sport to live healthier lives, then it doesn't help to have any confusion over definitions. I realise that not all sports are very physical, but gaming is already extremely popular and the issue of children being stuck to screens needs to be mitigated, not made worse.

Empowering Communities - A New Look For Public Health?

Dr William Bird MBE | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr William Bird MBE

We need to rethink our approach to public health in the UK. Last week, Public Health England announced that one in ten adults in the UK will be at risk of diabetes by 2035. If correct, this means millions more living with diabetes, billions more spent treating the disease and thousands of people dying before their time.

Embrace the Great Outdoors and Challenge Yourself This Summer

Peter Westgarth | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK
Peter Westgarth

The summer months provide the perfect time to walk the hills and roam the valleys of our outstanding British countryside. But last week's research tha...

It Was Definitely Wanted - But Is the London 2012 Legacy Dead or Alive?

Debbie Lye | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK
Debbie Lye

As the Rio 2016 Olympic Games enthral the world in Brazil, thoughts in the UK are turning to the legacy of our own Games in London 2012. And with the attention comes the inevitable criticism from those disappointed that the transformations they dreamed of - in the economy and prospects of people in East London, or in sports participation - have not come about, or at least not in the way they had wanted.

Fighting Depression

Steph Ware | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Ware

My bed became my prison, with a constant daily battle to get up and carry on with life. Although I managed to carry on successfully in employment, the struggle was real- I put on a lot of weight, lost a lot of confidence and was not acting like my bubbly self.

Don't Leave It to Paralympians - We All Need to Do Our Bit

Debbie Lye | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

For most of us, sport and activity is something we do for fun... so why is it out of reach for so many disabled people?

Why We Should All Strive to Challenge Ourselves in 2016

Peter Westgarth | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Westgarth

As usual, the first two weeks of January have been full of New Year's resolutions and bold claims that 2016 is going to be the best year yet. Like every year, the conversation is dominated by references to giving up or cutting back on something: usually food, drink or a habit that is not particularly good for us, but we enjoy it.

Health in the Balance

Dean Hodgkin | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dean Hodgkin

Fall related injuries affect a third of people over 65 each year, often leading to hospital admission and in many cases seriously impacting quality of life thereafter, including dropping out of social circles and even loss of independence.

I Am a Female Athlete and I Am Also FAT

Julie Creffield | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Sport
Julie Creffield

Because Fat people don't do sports though do they? It's why they are still fat. It's why the nation has such a problem with obesity because fat people sit at home and watch daytime TV and eat biscuits by the packet load, right? They don't do exercise.

The Great Outdoors

Dean Hodgkin | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dean Hodgkin

Transferring just one of your weekly workouts to the outdoors can bring a new edge to your routine, introducing a sense of adventure and stimulating an adrenalin boost. It can take you back to thoughts of endless hours spent running about playing and exploring when you were young but more importantly it lets you enjoy your body again.

The Success of Every Single Woman Is an Inspiration for Us All

Lisa Regan | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

I feel as women we should change the tone of the conversation and learn to really support each other, to encourage and to really mean it. To want others to do well and to be truly happy is what we all should be striving for, not to be looking on through a snarl and a negative eye.

A Debate on Lazyness?

Julie Creffield | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

You know things have got bad when parliament are having to sort out the health of the nation, the same fat cat, pie eating, jump in a black taxi type of politicians trying to sort us lot out...well I guess I shouldn't be so judgemental...Boris cycles after all doesn't he?

Safe to Get Back in the Saddle?

Christine Morgan | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Morgan

If you're a man who fancies himself as the next Sir Chris Hoy - but you don't want to lose any of your prowess in the bedroom - there's good news. A study of more than 5,000 cyclists in the UK has debunked the popular myth that cycling causes male impotence, suggesting that it may not increase your risk of having erection problems (or erectile dysfunction, ED) after all.

Active Women

Linda Plowright | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Plowright

Lack of facilities, choice in girls' PE lessons, inequality in sponsorship and prize money and media coverage were all to blame. None of these have quick fix solutions. Sports Leaders UK is in the strong position that nearly half of the 120 000 sports leaders trained every year are female.

Participate, Enjoy, Compete If You Like

Linda Plowright | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Plowright

Most of us know the benefits of increased physical activity, including maintaining a healthy weight and being mentally more alert. Yet growing waistlines suggest we haven't really signed up to the idea. Successive programmes of investment in sport to encourage increased participation have failed to make an impact. Why could this be?

High Blood Pressure: Tackling the Silent Killer

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

We need to work across the health system and with our partners to raise awareness and motivate people - at every age and across all our communities - to take control of their blood pressure and invest in their health, for now and for the future.

Our Food Environment and Obesity

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

Takeaways are part of this debate because we're eating more of our food outside the home than we used to - one in six meals and between 20% and 25% of calories come from eating out - and takeaway foods are a popular, but often unhealthy choice, because they tend to be high in salt and saturated fat and high in calories per gramme of food.

A Change of Heart for Valentine's Day

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Vast majority of people are consuming much more sugar than they should be. And it could be having a silent but deadly long-term effect on your health. I'm not suggesting that eating a few chocolates this Valentine's Day is going to give you heart disease... But perhaps this year, don't laden the person you love with chocolate, but instead a healthier alternative.

High Intensity Training (HIT)

Dr David Ashton | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Ashton

There are certainly good studies showing improvements in insulin and glucose metabolism as well as aerobic fitness (oxygen consumption) as a result of HIT. However, many important questions remain.

Inactivity, Not Obesity, Is the Real Killer

Jane Ashworth | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

I have mixed feelings about National Obesity Week, which begins today. On one hand, it shines the spotlight on a serious issue that undoubtedly affects young people I work with - one in three youngsters leaving primary education is obese. On the other, it can also serve as a distraction.

Is Poor Sleep the Forgotten Risk Factor?

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

We all know how a good night's sleep can do us wonders, and a late night of broken sleep can leave you feeling groggy, irritable and unproductive. But there's a lot more to be said about getting an early night than you may think.

Super-STRONG vs Super-Skinny

Esther Rich | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Aptly, the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is physical activity and exercise. As I've repeatedly stressed, exercise has been crucial in restoring my own mental health. The release of endorphins is undeniably beneficial for those suffering from depression and other disorders.

Jog Your Way to a Longer Life

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

I eat well, keep the unhealthy stuff to a minimum and exercise regularly. In fact, I'll say with confidence that I run at least three or four times a week, covering a couple of 5km runs during the week and longer ones at the weekends, when time permits. Therefore, as a dedicated runner, a recent study caught my attention, claiming that joggers live on average six years longer than non-joggers.

Six Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Embarking on an Adventure Travel Experience

Maria Sowter | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

From looking into the eye of a whale shark as you scuba dive in the Indian ocean, to reaching the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, or capturing the perfect photograph of Angkor Wat - adventure travel means something a little different for everyone.