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…]

How effective is a personality-targeted prevention program for adolescent alcohol misuse?

Prevention is better than cure, or so the old saying goes. So, following on with the alcohol theme this week I decided to turn our attention to alcohol abuse in young people. More specifically the idea that effective preventative intervention can involve more than just increasing adolescent knowledge about the harms of alcohol misuse. Research has [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…]

Health benefits of Nordic walking

So it’s day 11 of the New Year and you’re half way through the second week of sticking to your lose weight, get fit resolutions (or so I hope!). Fed up of running round the block yet or swimming up and down, up and endlessly down the local pool?  Well, I might just have an [read the full story…]

Measures to encourage people to walk or cycle more: new NICE guidance

walking and cycling

Help, we’re only in the second week of December and I have already eaten 24 mince pies and 12 sausage rolls! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and to lose all self control, or so it seems. Finding ways to burn off those extra calories is the answer if you want to avoid total body [read the full story…]

What kind of interventions can help to encourage socioeconomically disadvantaged women to exercise?

This week in the Woodland we’ve been focusing on ways to ramp up the old physical activity in our lives and today is no different. It seemed important to focus a little more on the fairer sex when I read that women are less active than men across the lifespan. We definitely spend a lot [read the full story…]

How effective and cost-effective are electronic aids designed to help smokers quit?

It’s getting a bit nippy down here in the Woodland of a morning lately.  I’ve been waking up to a haze of fog and a carpet of leaves.  At least it’s fog of the au naturel kind – better than the cigar fog I used to wake up to from Elder Elf next door!  He’s [read the full story…]

Do lifestyle interventions for preventing weight gain in young adults work?

Here in the Woodland I’ve been quietly checking out the young adult elves amongst us. Trying to figure out if the research that shows that younger generations are gaining weight faster than their parents is indeed true. It’s a crazy time isn’t it, the action packed years between 18 and 35? You head out into [read the full story…]

Lifestyle interventions may help overweight and obese children

I’m keeping a bit quiet about this for fear of upsetting some of my little woodland neighbours, but scientists have been Doing Things to mice and have discovered a gene mutation linked to obesity, which they hope may lead to the development of new drugs to help control weight. While we’re waiting for that (and it [read the full story…]