Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained

Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained

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Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained

Adrianne Hardman and David Stensel Routledge (2003)

Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained explores the benefits of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions in western societies. The emphasis is on providing an easy to read scientific analysis of the links between physical activity and obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and skeletal health.

The book is written with the undergraduate student in mind and each chapter provides a summary, study tasks and further reading. As with most scientific texts, there is a large focus on figures, graphs and tables, although the authors do their best to simplify these as much as possible.

Chapter 2 is devoted to explaining the nature of evidence which makes it a useful resource to be used with Year 13 or scholarship students. Hazards of exercise are discussed as well as benefits and there is an interesting chapter on physical activity, fitness and public health. Despite the authors using a Canadian example, it is in this section that the economic incentives behind our own national health campaigns such as 'Mission On' should be examined. …

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