HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Couch potato lifestyle takes a big bite out of health

This year the theme of the National Health Education Week on October 20-26 is "Physical Activity - every step counts." In support of this the Oregon Research Institute scientists urge people of all ages to get moving.

"Let's face it American adults are overweight, American children are overweight, and even our pets are overweight," says ORI scientist John Fisher, Ph.D. "Our couch potato way of life is catching up with us. Being overweight and physically inactive accounts for over 300,000 premature deaths a year in the United States. Parents can be role models for their kids simply by being more active themselves, and parents get healthier in the bargain!"

National Health Education Week was designated by the National Center for Health Education to focus Americans on healthier living. ORI scientists, with the aid of federal grants totaling $5.2 million, are studying different ways to help people of all ages to get off the couch and overcome obstacles to becoming more physically active.

In one project involving adolescents, ORI scientist Susan Duncan, Ph.D., has found that families and neighborhoods can have a profound impact on the activity of youth.

"There are clear physical, mental and social benefits to be gained from youth physical activity. However, we typically see huge declines in activity during adolescence, and these trends continue into adulthood," notes Duncan. "So it's extremely important to find ways to keep youth involved in and enjoying physical activity," adds Duncan, "Our research suggests that increasing family support and neighborhood opportunities for physical activity might be one way to do this."

In another study involving nearly 600 elderly residents from 56 neighborhoods, Fisher found that weekly, peer-led walking groups of senior citizens improved quality of life and increased overall physical activity in neighborhoods. Still another research project led by scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., demonstrated that doing
'"/>

Contact: Karen Bangle
karenb@ori.org
541-484-2123 x2449
Oregon Research Institute
14-Oct-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Consumers to benefit from organic potato breakthrough
2. New fitness system turns couch potatoes into armchair troopers
3. Computerized phone chats can motivate couch potatoes
4. Study: crime, lack of PE, recreation programs lead U.S. adolescents to couch-potato lifestyles
5. Sexual lifestyles vary among ethnic groups in Britain
6. Temp doctors choose career for flexibility, easier lifestyle
7. $2.8 million public-private partnership to examine how surroundings can encourage active lifestyles
8. Researcher looks at racial identity as part of healthy lifestyle
9. Active lifestyle reduces risk of endometrial cancer
10. Inpatient cardiac risk management program promotes lifestyle changes
11. Sedentary lifestyle in early childhood identified as major risk factor for obesity

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... What is ... condition are poorly understood. It manifests on the face, especially the cheeks, chin, ... can cause enormous social and psychological problems. , Although it is considered incurable, ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... Dr. Jessica Allen of Northern ... LAPIP™ protocol for ailing dental implants in the Fort Collins area. Dr. Allen joins ... to regenerate the bone and tissues lost to gum disease. , "Gum disease is ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... You can now experience ... , LTRMN , is a powerhouse in the cannabis industry with several brands ... Terpenes is an industry leading, award winning , botanical terpene company that ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2018 , ... ... philosophy reinforces the theme of Unitek’s transformative conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel ... FAAN, LL (AAN), Distinguished Professor and Founder/Director of Watson Caring Science Institute, participants ...
(Date:11/29/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... November 29, 2018 , ... ... mission to alleviate and treat chronic pain without opiates. This new and unique ... to reduce or eliminate chronic pain for both children and adults. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2018)... ... , ... Cardiologist Ernst von Schwarz, MD says that women can experience unique ... completely by their doctors. “This can be especially dangerous in younger women who may ... on symptoms that are unique to women so they may become better advocates for ...
(Date:12/6/2018)... ... 2018 , ... Last year, 172 children deaths were reported for the 2017-18 ... gotten the vaccine. Vaccination is the first step in protecting against the flu for ... the illness if infected. Along with getting vaccinated, people can take active steps to ...
(Date:12/6/2018)... ... 2018 , ... Today, the Alternative to Meds Center (ATMC) ... Americans and people worldwide who suffer first-hand with drug addiction or prescription medication ... Center utilizes the tenets of neurochemistry in assessing each client. Every facet of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: