Outdoor walking groups: as good as the treadmill?

Kirsten Lawson reports on a systematic review and meta-analysis of outdoor walking groups and their impact on a range of health parameters, including blood pressure, heart rate, body fat, body mass index, cholesterol and depression.

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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…]

More research needed on effective GP interventions to promote physical activity in later life

An older woman swimming

Aging may be inevitable for us all but the way in which we look after our bodies can impact dramatically on the rate at which we age. One of the key ingredients to a long and healthy lifestyle is exercise. We’re living longer than ever before and if we want to spring into our autumn [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…]

Schools can help to prevent kids starting smoking

“See you round the back of the bike shed at lunchtime?”  That was a familiar whisper from a rebellious bunch of elf maidens when I was at school.  To be followed by a lot of giggling and a smoke cloud rising up from the aforementioned bike shed just after the bell rang.  In those days [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…]

Promoting physical activity in patients with Parkinson’s disease

What do Mohammad Ali, Michael J. Fox, Bob Hoskins, Salvador Dali, Francisco Franco and Adolf Hitler all have in common? That was question 3 in our Woodland quiz last night. Almost all the elves got it right and the title of this blog no doubt gives it away but yes, they did indeed all suffer [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…]

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…]