Special Issue "Physical Activity, Exercise and Dietary Habits: Focus on Healthy Lifestyles"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 9665
Interests: physical and sedentary activities; children lifestyles; childhood overweight/obesity; health promotion; telemedicine; Legionella; oppurtunistic pathogens; healthcare associated infections; waterborne infections; prevention and control; epidemiology of infectious diseases
Interests: health promotion; epidemiology; surveillance; public health; physical activity; adapted physical activity; active breaks; healthcare associated infections
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Physical activity, defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure, provides significant health benefits for both the body and mind, improving overall well-being. Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive, also aimed at improving or maintaining physical fitness. Physical activity contributes to preventing and managing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes, and improving all-cause mortality. In youth, it ensures healthy growth and development, also enhancing thinking, learning, and judgement skills. Both moderate- and vigorous-intensity physical activity improve health. However, new evidence demonstrates the importance of limiting sedentary behaviour and replacing it with increased physical activity at all levels, including light-intensity physical activity. Despite this evidence, prevalence estimates are consistent in finding insufficient levels of physical activity globally, and at all ages. Living in an obesogenic environment promotes high caloric consumption, such as the increased intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and sweet snacks, as well as poor physical activity and the excessive use of screens. Aside from eating habits, total screen time, e.g., television or PC time, is also related to overweight and obesity. Several studies have shown that excessive screen time not only negatively affects psychological, behavioural and health factors, but also affects dietary habits, leading mostly to choosing food with a low nutritional value, and a lower consumption of fibre and fruit. Moreover, watching TV advertisements can favour increased food intake. It is fundamental that children and adults achieve a good balance between calorie intake and energy expenditure, adopt an appropriate diet and physical activity routine, and reduce total sedentary time. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the relationship between physical activity, exercise, dietary habits and health outcomes. We are also seeking studies that investigate new approaches or innovative strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles among both children and adults. This Special Issue is open to original research and review articles, short reports, brief commentaries, case reports, and meta-analyses.
Dr. Stefania Paduano
Dr. Laura Dallolio
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- physical activity
- sedentary behaviours
- health promotion
- physical education
- dietary habits
- screen time
- obesity and overweight