People show greater resolve to improve health if given their ‘heart age’

March 7, 2014

Source: European Journal of Preventative Cardiology

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial

In a nutshell: Researchers have found that informing patients of their heart age compared to just their percentage risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) was more effective in changing behaviour and lifestyle choices. The Heart Age Calculator uses the same risk factor data as the percentage risk score but presents it’s as an age compared with the persons actual age.

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Lifestyle intervention reduces body weight and improves cardiometabolic risk factors in worksites

June 24, 2013

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013, 97 (4) p. 667-676

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Overweight employees from four worksites were enrolled on this randomised controlled trial. The intervention group received nutritional recommendations combined with behavioral change education. 89% of participants completed the weight-loss phase. They could also enrol on a weight-maintenance programme and no significant weight gain was observed. There were also improvements in the cardiometabolic risk factors of the intervention group, regarding cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Signs to encourage stair use

February 13, 2012

Source: National Heart Forum

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A recent American report tells how signs in three different public buildings, one a health clinic, encouraging people to use the stairs rather than the lift, led to much increased stair-climbing even after a 9 month period. A simple idea to promote more physical activity, integrated into daily life.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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Multiple risk factor interventions for primary prevention of coronary heart disease

February 11, 2011

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, issue 1

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: The evidence from this Cochrane systematic review suggests that multiple risk factor interventions using counselling and educational methods to change behaviour do not reduce coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality and morbidity. However, they may be effective in reducing mortality in high-risk hypertensive and diabetic populations. It concludes that health promotion interventions have limited use in general populations.

Length of publication: 175 pages

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Exercise on prescription: changes in physical activity and health-related quality of life

February 11, 2011

Source: European Journal of Public Health, 2011, 21 (1), p. 56-62

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study analysed changes in physical activity among participants of five Exercise on Prescription (EoP) programmes in Denmark. EoP helped to contribute to improved levels of physical activity and health-related quality of life.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Interventions to promote physical activity and dietary lifestyle changes for cardiovascular risk factor reduction

August 13, 2010

Source: Circulation 2010, 122 (4) p. 406-441

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Date of publication: July 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Modest sustained lifestyle changes can reduce cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality. However, interventions aimed at dietary patterns, weight reduction and physical activity are often not maintained long-term. This scientific statement by the American Heart Association provides evidence-based recommendations, strategies and guidelines for implementing physical activity and dietary interventions. Implications for policy and future research are also briefly outlined.

Length of publication: 36 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association