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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Does high sugar intake affect cholesterol and blood pressure?

It’s been suggested that a high-intake of dietary sugars is a cause of increased blood pressure and poor lipid profile. A recent systematic review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition investigates further.

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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…]

Guest blog: Heart attacks not reduced in people taking vitamins and antioxidants

Guest blog: Today we’re kicking off National Heart Month with this guest blog, written for us by Dr Harry Boardman, who is part way through his Cardiology specialist training in Oxford. Something to think about while you are lining your vitamin and antioxidant tablets up next to the marmalade on the breakfast table tomorrow morning, [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…]

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…]

Can antibiotics be effective in preventing travellers’ diarrhoea?

There’s nothing more exciting than packing your bags and jetting off to some far flung destination for a bit of adventure. I’m even thinking of taking my-elf off to the Woodland beyond the cornfield next year – it’s Woodland but not as we know it. A little part of me is a bit concerned about [read the full story…]