Diet and dying: people who ate more fruit and veg were less likely to die

shopping basket with fruit and veg

This recent systematic review in the BMJ found that more fruit and veg in the diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes.

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Review of how (and how not) to help poorer people improve their diet and do more exercise

Shouting with a megaphone

We know that type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in groups with lower socioeconomic status, and we know that improving diet and taking exercise can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.  So how can we help poorer people to act on diet and exercise advice? A recent mixed methods systematic review looked at the [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…]

New randomized controlled trial says omega 3s good for the young adult brain

Many people don’t consume very much fish and seafood, or at least compared to how much humans might have gotten before we shifted to an agricultural society. This has led many doctors and scientists to wonder, might we be missing out on all the omega-3 fatty acids in fish? One type of omega-3s is called [read the full story…]

Does cutting the cost of fruit and veg encourage us to eat more of them? New trial says yes

shopping basket with fruit and veg

While there is widespread agreement that people need lots of fruits and vegetables in their diets, most people fall well short of meeting daily recommendations. Studies show that people of lower socioeconomic status get the least amount of fruits and vegetables, leading many public health officials to speculate that making these foods cheaper would help [read the full story…]

A home-based program improves physical activity and nutritional behaviour in older people

What a busy morning I’ve had spending quality time with the Elders in the Woodland. We started off with a spot of tai chi in amongst the snowdrops, followed by a pot of Rosy Lee reclining on the toadstools. I’ve been nagging them all to get up and be more active since reading more about [read the full story…]

Less fat in, less fat on: good evidence that lower fat intake leads to lower body weight

In shining the spotlight on body weight and diet last week, the British Medical Journal looked not just at new research on the links with sugar intake, which I blogged on Monday, but also at fat intake. Fair dos really. A research team did a systematic review and meta-analysis  to investigate the relationship between total fat intake [read the full story…]

No such thing as just a spoonful of sugar: new research on eating too much of it and its links with weight gain

There’s been plenty of the white stuff in the news over the weekend. It’s everywhere, affecting every household. Most of us love it, a few of us hate it, and it poses risks to our health. Yes, I’m talking about sugar! It’s been discussed in the House of Commons, as the PM David Cameron fessed up [read the full story…]

Huge international study investigates asthma, eczema and diet in children and teens

“Fast food link to childhood asthma and eczema” hit the headlines yesterday and, whilst there were variations on this theme, I was glad to see that the word ‘link’ was there across the headlines. All too often, research which could only show an association between one thing and another is reported in news items as though [read the full story…]

A diet low in total fat can reduce your body weight

I know, I know, it’s simply not the time of year to be worrying about this kind of thing. Feel free to finish that mince pie, close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and give a loud ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ or two. I’m sure it comes as no surprise but with the World [read the full story…]