NCSEM-EM academics to evaluate England Netball’s walking netball programme

England Netball and the NFWI announced a partnership earlier this year that will see walking netball sessions provided to WIs across the country. The Sport England-funded project will involve England Netball trained hosts delivering walking netball sessions to WIs and training members as hosts to allow them to continue delivering the programme in the future. […]

Loughborough research to assess the economic impact of a ‘healthy nation’

The Health Foundation – an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and healthcare for people in the UK – has granted £200,000 to a study that looks to identify the variations in the mental and physical health of individuals that affect economic and social outcomes.The project titled Life course impacts of health status […]

There is no such thing as ‘healthy obesity’ – we need to stop using the term

The concept – which relates to people with high BMI but no signs of hypertension, diabetes, or other complications – is misleading, according to Dr Will Johnson, a lecturer in human biology and epidemiology at Loughborough University.He said more attention needed to be paid to understanding the levels, causes, and consequences of differences in health among […]

Mental health absence guide for small to medium-sized businesses launches online

The Return to Work toolkit gives bosses and their employees information, downloadable material and advice on how best to approach absences and returns due to stress, anxiety or depression.The website features templates for absence letters, facts about mental health, checklists for each stage of sick leave and a comprehensive guide for return to work, including exercises such […]

NCSEM-EM academic makes the case for PE to be in the national curriculum

The paper presents the case for physical education becoming a core subject within the national curriculum in England alongside English, mathematics and science. Core subjects are generally considered to lay the foundation for learning in other subjects and, as a result, are generally advantaged in terms of their status, preparation for teaching, and their time […]

Underprivileged children used to be undernourished – now they’re at risk of being obese

Childhood weight and height data from the last 65 years shows that youngsters born after the Second World War exhibited the opposite physical traits, with underprivileged children being shorter and lighter than their larger, socially-higher counterparts. Over time, this disparity has reversed so that lower socio-economic groups are now heavier. The paper, Socioeconomic inequalities in […]

Eating breakfast every day increases physical activity among girls

Researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Bedfordshire conducted the research among 27 adolescent girls who ate a standard breakfast on seven consecutive days. The same girls then ate breakfast on three days alternating with four days of eating no breakfast over another seven-day period. The results showed that the girls were more active in […]

Research participants wanted for study looking at the influence of repeated biopsies on inflammatory responses in adipose tissue

The team is looking for participants who are: A healthy, non-smoking man or woman, aged between 20-50 years with Body Mass Index (BMI) <40 kg/m2 Carry more weight than you like around your waist (waist circumference: ≥94cm/≥90cm (men/Asian men) and ≥80cm (women)) You will be invited to complete a one-hour screening visit (after a 12-hour […]

Participants needed for new Race for Life study

Previous studies have shown that those who take part in an active charity event, such as a fundraising walk, can become inspired to exercise more regularly afterwards. Dr Clare Stevinson, lead researcher of the project, commented: “We know from previous research that Race for Life participants often have a huge sense of achievement after completing […]

Loughborough University number one in the world for sports subjects for second year running

It is the second year running that the university has topped the prestigious table, cementing its position as the world leader for sport subjects.The QS ranking is based on surveying academic staff that declare a speciality in the subject area, and employers who seek to employ graduates that specialise in the discipline. It is also based on […]

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