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Study reveals drop in children’s fitness levels during the summer months

New research has suggested that the fitness levels of UK schoolchildren are being decreased by their ‘lazy summer holidays’.

This information came from a study carried out by the UKActive Research Institute. The study involved over 400 children from schools in Camden and Islington as part of the ‘My Personal Best Challenge’, developed by Premier Sport. It found that British schoolchildren’s fitness levels dropped by 80% during the holidays.

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Traditional playground games thought to help with concentration

Research has found that traditional playground games such as ‘British Bulldog’ and ‘Stuck in the Mud’ could improve child fitness and concentration during lesson times.

The study was conducted by psychologists working with children with ADHD. The findings showed that by encouraging physical activity during play time children would get fit without considering the activity to be exercise. They would then be tired and exhilarated, making them more prepared to settle down and learn.

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Academic News, Books

Exercise is Medicine: Expanding the Role of Exercise in Health Care

The American College of Sports Medicine is proud to publish the fourth edition of ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons With Chronic Diseases and Disabilities. Informally known as CDD4, this edition is a substantial revision that forges the role of exercise in tomorrow’s health care systems.

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The definitive guide to running the Half Marathon

Hal Higdon’s name is synonymous with running. As a contributing editor for Runner’s World and best-selling author, he has helped countless runners achieve their goals.

Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training features everything runners need to know about tackling the half marathon. With 15 customisable programmes ranging from novice to advanced, it guides, encourages and paces readers to reach their goals.

With advice for all levels of runners, it teaches readers how to get started with training, as well as showing where to focus attention, when to progress and how to keep it simple.

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Webinar recording now available

Susan van Scoyoc“Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)”
Presented by Susan van Scoyoc

The recording of this webinar is now available

Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) are at the core of implementing Physical Activity for Health. Whilst these are usually associated with interventions with physical disorders they have an equally important role to play in the care of those with mental health issues.

Research has revealed the increased probability of early death and chronic physical illness in those with an existing mental health condition. Evidence now demonstrates the negative impact of physical health care in one department and mental health care in another with little communication between the two. The future is an integrated health approach and this webinar demonstrated why.

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Sport funding facing major overhaul

ParkrunSport funding is facing a major overhaul in a bid to reverse recent disappointing participation figures.

Amid increasing concerns that Britain is failing to live up to the legacy promise of the London 2012 Olympics, a public consultation has been launched to mark the start of a new strategy for sport.

And the government has warned that the mounting cost of success for Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes is “at odds with the current financial climate”.

Almost 250,000 people have stopped taking part in regular activity over the past six months and a major shake-up of the way sport is funded will now be considered, with money potentially diverted away from national governing bodies (NGBs).

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Sport has such a positive impact on people’s lives and I want to embed participation into this nation’s DNA.”

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Dance as a subject and a career

Studying Dance is an accessible and comprehensive guide for students entering their first year of a university dance study programme.

It introduces all the cultural, artistic and educational aspects of dance and by expanding their thinking, students will move to a deeper understanding of themselves as dancers and the world around them.

The author demystifies the entire first-year experience while guiding students in the discovery of dance as a multi-faceted discipline and also prompts students to visualise and plan their dance life beyond campus so they can set clear goals for studying and succeeding as young professionals.

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Elderly exercisers can expect an extra five years of life

Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say.

The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary.

The authors, writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, called for campaigns to encourage fitness in older people.

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