Archive for January, 2017


Move More & Be Happy

NYT Well | Get up and move. It may make you happier.

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When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to psychological health. Epidemiological studies have found, for example, that people who exercise or otherwise are active typically are less prone to depression and anxiety than sedentary people. Continue.

BBC Health | Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

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Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older. As people age, their cells age, causing DNA protectors to shorten and fray. But health and lifestyle factors may speed up the process, researchers from California said. Even in old age, it was important to keep active and avoid sitting for more than 10 hours a day, they said. Continue.

UIUC KCH | Elizabeth Awick accepted into the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

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Elizabeth Awick, a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, has been accepted to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Elizabeth, a graduate research assistant working under the direction of Dr. Edward McAuley, was one of a small pool of award recipients, selected from over 130 applicants. This prestigious program provides training for individuals in the field of cancer prevention and control. Continue.