Very few of America’s teenagers are meeting national recommendations for sleep, exercise and screen time, according to a study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. The study found that only 5 percent of U.S. high school students are achieving all three of those important health-related goals. The findings were particularly dismal for girls: Just 3 percent of teenage girls are meeting the three health targets, compared to 7 percent of boys. The researchers describe the findings as “startling.” “I expected the percentage of adolescents meeting all three requirements concurrently to be low, but not this low,” said Gregory Knell, the study’s lead author and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas, in a released statement. “The results are a wake-up call for everyone who wants to make sure our children have a healthy future,” he added. Not isolated factors Most health guidelines recommend eight to 10 hours of sleep each night … [Read more...] about Only 1 in 20 U.S. teens meet sleep, exercise and screen-time recommendations
Exercise and depression
Just 6 months of walking may reverse cognitive decline published: 20 Dec 2018 views: 13 (CNN)Worried about your aging brain? Getting your heart pumping with something as simple as walking or cycling just three times a week seems to improve thinking skills, new research says. Add a heart-healthy diet, and you maximize the benefits, possibly shaving years off your brain\'s functional age, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.\"Our operating model was that by improving cardiovascular risk, you\'re also improving neurocognitive functioning,\" said lead study author James Blumenthal, a clinical psychologist at Duke University. \"You\'re improving brain health at the same time as improving heart health.\" When it comes to living longer through exercise, is more better?Many experts \"are already convinced about the benefits of lifestyle interventions to reduce risk of Alzheimer\'s and cardiovascular dementia,\" said Dr. Richard Isaacson, who directs the … [Read more...] about Regular exercise and healthy diet may reverse cognitive decline
By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 28, 2018 at 7:14 am | UPDATED: June 28, 2018 at 7:15 am Just as suicide rates are spiking and a national conversation has begun on to how to fight depression, a disease that impacts 16 million adults in the U.S., a new study shows that exercise may be a key weapon in the battle. Published in JAMA Psychiatry, this new study shows that exercise combats depression, particularly in middle-age. Led by Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, director of the center for depression research and clinical care at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the researchers found that being fit can lower the risk of developing depression. Bonus: working out also fights the risk of developing heart disease and dying early. “Depression doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” says Trivedi, senior author of the paper, as Time notes. “Especially for people who are older, depression has a complicated … [Read more...] about Can exercise battle depression?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Well Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Phys Ed Benefits essentially were the same whether people went to the gym twice a week or five times a week. ByGretchen Reynolds June 6, 2018 Lifting weights might also lift moods, according to an important new review of dozens of studies about strength training and depression. It finds that resistance exercise often substantially reduces people’s gloom, no matter how melancholy they feel at first, or how often — or seldom — they actually get to the gym and lift. There already is considerable evidence that exercise, in general, can help to both stave off and treat depression. A large-scale 2016 review that involved more than a million people, for instance, concluded that being physically fit substantially reduces the risk that someone will develop clinical depression. Other studies and reviews have … [Read more...] about Weight Training May Help to Ease or Prevent Depression
Last week we looked at the alarming rise in teen depression in suicide in America. Remember? I told about the time my dad talked with me about why people commit suicide. He thought it was because they felt they had no one to talk to, and he wanted me to know I could always talk to him. Remember? I wrote that Wall Street Journal columnist Elizabeth Bernstein reported teen depression has almost doubled in the last decade, and 60 percent of those suffering never receive treatment. And Oklahoma is no better according to Tulsakids.com: According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds in Oklahoma. An average of 76.5 people in this age group died by suicide every year ... In general, access to quality mental health care is a protective factor against suicide. In Oklahoma, mental health care ranks 45th in the United States. Most kids experience moodiness in their teen years without being suicidal. How can you tell the … [Read more...] about Family Talk: Teen moodiness and depression