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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Can screening and brief intervention in our GP surgeries reduce problem drinking?

Looking back on the hot health topics of 2012, I think the one that struck me most was the rise of liver disease and the scale of problem alcohol use in the UK, compared to our European neighbours. In England, about 1 in 4 adults between 16 and 65 drinks harmful quantities of alcohol and the [read the full story…]

IUD shown to be the best treatment for heavy periods

It’s a girl thing for sure. I was sitting on my toadstool today reflecting that it’s definitely a ladies day today on the Lifestyle Elf. Heavy periods – what a drag. Only us girls really know how draining and painful they can be. They have a clinical term too, thank goodness they are taken seriously, [read the full story…]

Scottish evidence briefing highlights knowledge and skills for promoting good food choices and healthy weight

Well the children are back at school and the little elves in my household did a fair bit of moaning on the first couple of days. They had to run round the playing field several times, as fast as they could, trying to beat the others. What happened to loitering at the back, chatting to [read the full story…]

Report calls for presciption of exercise as an effective and cheap ‘medicine’

We know that exercise is key in both preventing and managing disease, but the Sport and Exercise Medicine Committee Working Party of the Royal College of Physicians has found that doctors and other health professionals may lack knowledge about the benefits of exercise and also practical skills in the prescription of exercise to patients for [read the full story…]

Promoting physical activity: primary care interventions show some benefit but uncertainty remains over exercise referral schemes.

Before you get stuck into the demands of Monday morning, take a moment to think back over the weekend and ask yourself how much exercise you did. I did, let me see, loads. I cycled miles and miles to the National Library of Mythical Creatures, in search of some health information I couldn’t get on [read the full story…]