10 Positive Health Trends Around The World

Reposted – Positive Trends Around the World

Positive Trends
10 Short Summaries of Top Stories 

Confounding expectations, global hunger is down
4 November 2012 – Here’s some surprising good news: Despite sustained drought across some of the world’s bread baskets, despite the widespread impact of global warming and a destabilizing rise in global food prices — and despite continuing population growth — hunger has decreased over the past two decades. The number of the world’s people living with hunger has dropped by 132 million, or from nearly 19 per cent of the world’s population in the early 1990s to 12.5 per cent last year, a new report by the World Food Programme and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization finds. (more)

US study: Removing trays from dining halls cuts food waste
4 November 2012 – University students eating at one buffet-style dining hall produced less food waste when the facility removed the trays students had used to carry food, a new study has found. At the single facility, researchers estimated the switch away from using trays saved about 25 total pounds of solid food waste at each lunch and dinner meal. It may also have encouraged students to eat less — although the study team didn’t measure food consumption before and after the change. (more)

Canada: Commuter cycling up 25 per cent in Metro Vancouver – TransLink
3 November 2012 – Across Metro Vancouver, more residents are choosing to beat the traffic by biking. Bicycle commuting is up more than 25 per cent since 2008, according to a new survey by TransLink released during Bike to Work Week, which ends Friday. The transit authority found that commuters across the region were making a total of 106,500 bike trips a day — more than half of them to and from work, according to the latest data from fall 2011. (more)

US: Biking, hiking trails linked in Kentucky
3 November 2012 – Two trails are being connected in south-central Kentucky allowing bicyclists and hikers to travel the route of the old Mammoth Cave Railroad from Park City to the Mammoth Cave visitor centre. Mammoth Cave National Park says the Kentucky Transportation Department linked the trails by including a lane for bicycles and hikers in its reconstruction of the Interstate 65 underpass at Exit 48. The connection links the nine-mile Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail and the one-mile Park City Bicycle and Walking Path. (more)

Europe’s in love with cycling
2 November 2012 – From London’s ‘cycle superhighways’ to popular bike-sharing programmes in Paris and Barcelona, growing numbers of European cities are embracing cycling as a safe, clean, healthy, inexpensive, and even trendy way to get around town. Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and the Danish capital, Copenhagen, are the pioneers of this movement, and serve as role models for other cities considering cycling’s potential to reduce congestion and pollution, while contributing to public health. (more)

Breastfeeding best for Bangladesh
30 October 2012 – Bangladesh’s achievement in raising exclusive breastfeeding rates for infants under six months from 43 per cent to 64 per cent, over the last five years, is said to be the result of a determined campaign by government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In 2010, Bangladesh enforced a directive for extending maternal leave to six months from the previous four for working women to allow them to exclusively breastfeed their newborn. (more)

Slimmer future for heavy kids who get help early – European studies
29 October 2012 – Weight-loss programmes can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to two European studies. In one study, which appeared in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, scientists in the Netherlands found that heavy three- to five-year-olds saw continued benefits from a weight-loss intervention at least several months after it ended. A report from Sweden showed that overweight and obese children under 10 were much more likely to have slower weight gain than were adolescents getting similar behavioural treatments. (more)

US study: Heart attacks drop from smoke-free workplace
29 October 2012 – Heart attacks dropped by one-third in one county in Minnesota after two smoke-free workplace ordinances went into place, a new study shows. The lead researcher on the work said that decline was likely due to less secondhand smoke exposure in restaurants and bars, as smoke can trigger heart problems due to its effects on arteries and blood clotting. Other studies have also suggested smoke-free workplace laws could impact heart attack rates. (more)

Plant compounds tied to less stomach cancer in women: European study
28 October 2012 – According to a European study, getting a moderate amount of plant substances called flavonoids through food may be linked to a lower stomach cancer risk in women. The researchers, writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that women with the highest intake of flavonoids were half as likely to develop stomach cancer as women who had the smallest intake. (more)

Women smokers who quit by 30 ‘evade earlier death risks’ – UK study
27 October 2012 – Women who give up smoking by the age of 30 will almost completely avoid the risks of dying early from tobacco-related diseases, according to a study of more than a million women in the UK. Lead researcher Prof Sir Richard Peto, from Oxford University stated, ‘Stopping works, amazingly well actually. Smoking kills, stopping works, and the earlier you stop the better.’ (more)

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