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New study finds physical activity could offset harmful effects of alcohol

A new study from the University of Sydney, Australia has found that physical activity could radically offset some of the harmful effects of drinking alcohol.

Researchers looked at around 10 years’ worth of national survey data from UK adults aged over 40. The researchers collected data from around 36,000 men and women from the Health Survey for England (HSE) and the Scottish Health Suvery (SHS) between 1994 and 2006. Participants were asked about their current alcohol consumption and physical activity. Continue reading

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Effects of High-Intensity Interval Exercises

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A new infographic in the series by @YLMSportScience for Human Kinetics.

The original journal article can be found in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance current issue.

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Children found to be unaware of the health risks posed by sports drinks

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A study published in the British Dental Journal has found that a rising number of 12-14 year olds are regularly drinking sports drinks. These drinks pose an increased risk of obesity and tooth decay, concluded Cardiff University School of Denistry.

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New world record for most yoga headstands

A yoga teacher from Mysuru, India has created a new world record by performing headstands (sirsasana) in 575 different places.

K S Badari Narayan quit his job as a software engineer in Malaysia to take up the yoga themed challenge.

He performed the difficult sirasasana pose at a variety of different locations, including a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites for a 365 day stretch. These sites included, Angkor Wat, ThaProm and Penang Heritage City.

The teacher has received certificates from the Assist World Records, US based Record Setter and UK based Records Holders Republic.

This record took place from 1st January to 31st December 2015.

Source: Yoga Magazine

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UK children eating four times the recommended daily amount of sugar

Research reports children aged five are filling up on sugar by eating four times more than the recommended daily amount.

The study was centered around English schoolchildren, who were found to be consuming an average of 75g of sugar per day (19 teaspoons) with the suggested amount just 19g. Continue reading

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Frequent social media use could increase risk of developing eating and body image concerns

social media feature imageA recent analysis conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has found that logging on to social media sites frequently throughout the week is linked to a greater risk of young adults developing eating and body image concerns.

It’s long been thought that exposure to fashion magazines and television, is associated with the development of eating disorders and body image concerns. According to the assistant director at the university’s research centre this likely due to the positive portrayal of ‘thin’ models and celebrities. Continue reading

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Councils call for restaurants to offer tap water to help fight child obesity

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents over 370 councils with responsibilities for public health has stated that tap water should be made more freely available, rather than something you have ask for.

The LGA wants the Government to use its upcoming childhood obesity strategy to help encourage restauranteurs to step up and offer parents and children the option of tap water as an alternative. Most restaurants currently only offer this on request. However, licensing rules mean premises selling alcohol are legally required to provide tap water.

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Recent study highlights need for healthier children’s lunchboxes

A new study from the University of Adelaide, Australia has found that children aged 9 – 10 are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from junk food.

They evaluated the core food intake of more than 430 children. The results showed that 45% of the children’s daily energy intake was sourced from discretionary foods high in fat, salt and sugar. Continue reading

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