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…]

More evidence for the link between indoor tanning and skin cancer

I spend my days in the glorious shade of the Woodland. Indeed, I like to think of myself as a pale and interesting English rose. In reality I’m pink, sometimes blotchy and covered in freckles. That said, I do appreciate the natural look when it comes to skin tone. There are many sun worshippers out [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…]

More evidence that obese children are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease

If you’re an overweight adult, you are at increased risk of a load of health problems you don’t want, including cardiovascular diseases (CVD). These affect the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease and stroke. As for children, evidence for a similar association is building up but the link is less well understood, including the [read the full story…]

Interventions increased children’s physical activity by just four minutes

When we’re asked to recall things, how near to the truth do we really get, even when we’re reporting the very recent past? For example, the other day I was travelling with Mr Elf to another, far off woodland, and due to a slight navigational difficulty we found ourselves making something of a detour. Mr [read the full story…]

Can sitting down for too long each day increase your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death?

Calling all you couch potatoes out there!  Make sure you stand up while you read this because it seems the longer you sit, the shorter your life could be! Here in the woodland we elves know that a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to many preventable causes of death.   So we like to keep ourselves busy [read the full story…]

Antenatal exercise helps reduce weight gain in pregnant overweight or obese women

When I think back to my younger elf, I can see it now; the moment I found out I was pregnant. Flopping down onto the nearest toadstool and hanging up my running shoes, “Yay! I can eat what I like, when I like. All. The. Time.” That was wishful thinking! Weight gain during pregnancy is [read the full story…]

Can male-only weight loss programmes be effective?

The kind of questions you hear bandied around these parts by the body image conscious Elf maidens are, ‘Does my bum look big in this tunic?’ or  ‘Are my ears way too small?’  The Elf males just don’t seem to have the same insecurities.  Maybe some do though eh? Maybe they are just too shy [read the full story…]

Whole body vibration exercise can be an effective therapy in old age

A woman exercising in a gym

Calling all you sexagenarian-plus elders out there!  If it’s good vibrations and excitations you’re looking for in order to improve your balance and walking then a team from Barcelona in Spain may have the answer. In fact, using whole body vibration (WBV) to improve body performance is not a new idea but the use of [read the full story…]