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Posts tagged ‘physical activity’

Confidence to cross the road in time

Using public transport and crossing the road are part of everyday life. But for older people these activities can be difficult, dangerous and put them off walking altogether. Dr Elizabeth Webb, lecturer in gerontology at the University of Southampton, explains the negative knock-on effects for health and how extending road crossing time could help.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is consulting on new draft guidelines on environmental changes which should be made to support people to be physically active.

The consultation caught my eye, since it directly relates to research I’ve published today with colleagues, funded by the MRC and the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Why I can’t wait for the Olympics to end

London 2012 Athletes' Village

Aerial view of the London 2012 Athletes’ Village (Image copyright: LOCOG)

St George’s University of London researcher Chris Owen explains how once the Olympics is over, the hard work on his physical activity study – part funded by the MRC – begins.

As someone who studies at a population level how much physical activity people do, I’m intrigued to see whether the sporting prowess on display at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire the country to move around a little more.

However, I can’t wait for the Olympics to end. That’s because once the athletes have gone home, and the Athletes’ Village changes its name to East Village, my work begins.

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