Smoking bans may have reduced premature births and asthma emergencies

Passive smoking

We’re still mining a rich seam of evidence summaries from the latest Eyes on Evidence.  The same issue that looked at how to encourage poorer women to be more physically active also contains an evidence summary on the impact of smoke-free legislation on population health. The summary focuses on the impact of passive smoking, and [read the full story…]

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Unclear evidence on the cost-effectiveness of distance lifestyle counselling for weight control in the workplace

Being overweight is bad for your health, but finding the time and resources to address this can be difficult. Using distance communication technology, such as e-mail or telephone, can help make person-to-person counselling more accessible to working adults. This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at interventions of this nature at The Lifestyle Elf, but [read the full story…]

Time To Change stigma and discrimination: evaluation results

The April 2013 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry included a special supplement of papers which focused on the Time To Change campaign.  This supplement included 7 evaluation studies of the first phase of the campaign, which ran between 2008 and 2011. This Lifestyle Elf finds mental health promotion a fascinating area, and was [read the full story…]

Promoting health at work – what works?

smiling butchers at work

Health and work are intrinsically linked.  There is a strong evidence base which shows good health is associated with finding and staying in work, financial and social benefits, as well as advantages for physical and mental health and well-being.  Conversely, a strong association exists between worklessness and poorer health outcomes.  Work can be therapeutic however, [read the full story…]

Is job strain a risk factor for a physically inactive lifestyle?

It’s the beginning of another working week here in the Woodland. We’ve still got health and the workplace on the agenda today. It was a big relief to learn on Friday that work stress doesn’t increase your risk of certain cancers but guess what? It seems that job strain can be associated with a physically [read the full story…]

Does work stress increase your risk of cancer?

TGIF. It’s been a busy old week for this little Elf. How are you doing? Feeling frazzled after a long week at work? Looking forward to the weekend? Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with both the Mental and Lifestyle Elves’ blogs this week on health and the workplace. Perhaps you’ve been employing some new tactics [read the full story…]

From back pain to bird bites: can workplace interventions reduce sickness absence ?

We’re continuing our focus on health in the workplace with a look at some of the most novel excuses for not turning up, but first the serious bit – a recent systematic review on interventions to reduce sickness absence, carried out by a research team in Norway. They looked for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of [read the full story…]

Actively supporting young people at work to lead healthier lives – a new pledge for employers

This week we’re taking a look at health and the workplace. I was interested to read my cousin the Mental Elf’s blog, last week, on services to promote the mental health of university students, and to hear about a new move to support young people starting their first job to look after their health. The Health [read the full story…]

Your life, your health – researchers invite you to share what they know about how life gets under your skin

I’m really excited today as I’ve been looking at a wonderful example of research that’s relevant to us all, presented in an accessible way. The team at the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) know they have really interesting findings and want to share them with everyone. They also want your feedback and encourage anyone who’s [read the full story…]

Encouraging adults to be more active – evidence briefing on the role of the workplace

This week I’m thinking about how to get healthy adults doing more exercise and I found myself pondering if it was all so much easier back in the 1970s. Not only did we lack all sorts of technology which allows us to move less and burn fewer calories, but it was the age of disco, and I look back and [read the full story…]