CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 7 Issue 2

February 11, 2015
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New nutrition data shows global calorie consumption

February 10, 2015

Source: Euromonitor International

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: ‘Passport: Nutrition’ is a new research tool provided by market analyst Euromonitor. It maps the purchasing of packaged foods and soft drinks, with a break-down of their nutritional composition, in 54 countries.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum Prevention Information and Evidence


Physical activity statistics 2015

February 10, 2015

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Statistics

In a nutshell: This is an update of the 2012 publication by the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention. The new report highlights the importance of physical activity to cardiovascular health. It documents physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour of children and adults in the UK. Statistics are grouped by region and by household income, as well as by type of activity. Comparisons are given with EU statistics. There is also a chapter on cardiac rehabilitation.

Length of publication: 124 pages

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Training very hard ‘as bad as no exercise at all’

February 10, 2015

Source: BBC News health

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A Danish study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that jogging at a steady pace for less than 150 minutes a week was best for health. Joggers and non-joggers had been prospectively followed up since 2001. The findings of the study suggested that light and moderate joggers had lower mortality than the sedentary group but that strenuous joggers had a mortality rate not statistically different from that of the sedentary non-joggers.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Journal of the American College of Cardiology


British Heart Foundation calls for legal loopholes for junk food ads to be closed

February 9, 2015

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A survey by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has found that 70 percent of parents have been pestered by their children to buy junk food they have seen advertised on TV. 39 percent said they felt that junk food adverts on TV made it difficult to ensure their children kept to a healthy diet. The BHF believe these results highlight the need for the UK’s regulatory system to close legal loopholes that currently allow companies to advertise their junk food during family shows and online.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


Sedentary periods increase risk of early death regardless of exercise

February 9, 2015

Source: Science Daily

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  New research has found that the amount of time a person is sedentary during the day is associated with an increased risk of heart disease regardless of regular exercise. A meta analysis found that the longer a person was sedentary, the stronger the negative effects on health. Dr Alter, author of the study, suggests that moving for one to three minutes every half an hour could be beneficial.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


Positive psychosocial experiences in childhood linked to better cardiovascular health in adulthood

February 9, 2015

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Research published in the journal Circulation, supports findings from previous research that suggests child wellbeing affects health in adulthood. 3,577 children aged 3-18 were analysed on socioeconomic status, emotional stability, parent’s health behaviours, occurrence of stressful events and more. These children were assessed 27 years later for cardiovascular health. Participants who had experienced positive psychosocial experiences as a child were more likely to have better cardiovascular health as an adult.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum