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The Lifestyle Medicine SIG welcomes you to a webinar on 23 November 2023 in collaboration with the ELMC.
23 November 2023, 19:00 CET
There is compelling evidence that physical activity supports the prevention and treatment of various chronic diseases in adults. While the symptoms of many chronic diseases may be delayed until adulthood, the physiological determinants underlying these conditions often extend back to childhood and adolescence. Physical activity in the early stages of life can delay the onset of chronic disease symptoms in adulthood and reduce the risk of adverse health outcomes. There is a growing emphasis on increasing physical activity in children and adolescents. The importance of physical activity to enhance the health of both current and future generations continues to be a focus of research in pediatric exercise science. In recent years, the quality of evidence has improved through the use of reliable measurement techniques such as accelerometers, body composition assessment, ultrasound for endothelial health assessment, and clamp tests to measure insulin sensitivity. However, our understanding of various aspects of physical activity and health in children and adolescents remains limited.
It is important to provide opportunities for young people to engage in age-appropriate, fun, and diverse physical activities and to encourage them to do so. Children and adolescents aged 6-17 should engage in at least 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.
Aerobic: There should be at least 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity daily, including at least 3 days a week of high-intensity physical activity. Aerobic activities involve rhythmic movements of major muscle groups for an extended period. Examples of aerobic activities include running, jumping, hopping, skipping, swimming, dancing, and biking. Aerobic activities improve cardiorespiratory fitness.
Muscle Strengthening: As part of daily physical activity totaling at least 60 minutes, children and adolescents should engage in muscle-strengthening physical activities on at least 3 days a week. Muscle-strengthening activities allow muscles to do more work than they do during daily activities. These activities can be unstructured and part of play, such as playing on playground equipment, climbing trees, and playing tug-of-war. They can also be structured, involving activities like lifting weights or using resistance bands.
Bone Strengthening: As part of daily physical activity totaling at least 60 minutes, children and adolescents should engage in bone-strengthening physical activities on at least 3 days a week. Bone-strengthening activities create a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength, often generated by impact on the ground. Examples of bone-strengthening activities include running, jumping, basketball, tennis, and hopscotch.
About Assoc Prof Dr Özden Gökdemir
I graduated from Karadeniz Technical University of Medicine in 2002. I completed my specialization education at Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine in 2016 and my Ph.D. at the Department of Physiology in 2016 at the same university. Between 2016 and 2018 I completed my compulsory service in Isparta. I’m working in 2018 at Izmir University of Economics-Faculty of Medicine. I was the past lead of the VdGM SIG of Mental Health. I’m a member of EURIPA, EGPRN, Aile Hekimliği Akademisi, TAHUD, AHEF, and ELMO, and chair of the WONCA Working Party on Planetary Health.
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About Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi
Movement, community, and nutrition are three cornerstones of my personal and professional life. I am a lifestyle medic, TV doctor, and long-distance triathlete. I have a varied portfolio career across different sectors. I am the RCGP lifestyle & physical activity lead as well as a SWIM England clinical advisor. I run a pioneering NHS-based fitness club and lifestyle clinic. I also head up the personalized care team at the Leamington PCN made up of dieticians, social prescribers, and health & wellbeing coaches. I deliver numerous talks and lectures to various audiences both professional and public including a weekly slot on the channel 4 show #stephspackedlunch.
Published on 6 November 2023.