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University of Jyväskylä to award 9 honorary doctorates

The University of Jyväskylä will award 9 new honorary doctorates in May. The tenth Conferment of Degrees Ceremony for the whole University and the conferment procession will be held on Saturday, 25 May 2019. In addition, related festivities will be arranged throughout the weekend.

Chronic diseases restrict the mobility of older people – often unconsciously

Chronic diseases are a key factor limiting the mobility of older people. Usually individuals are conscious of their condition in the case of an acute musculoskeletal disorder that causes pain or functional limitations. However, if the condition has progressed slowly, the gradual restriction of mobility often goes unnoticed.

Decline in physical activity often starts as early as age seven

Overall physical activity starts to decline already around the age of school entry. While the proportion of physically inactive individuals rises with age there still are groups of people who manage to increase their physical activity level in adulthood and old age.

Girls need more positive experiences of ball skills

Children’s positive perception of moving is an important supporter for natural physical activity and developing motor skills. A study at the University of Jyväskylä suggests that children had high perceptions of motor skills. Some gender differences were identified, however: girls were better in locomotor skills and boys had higher perception and actual skills in ball skills

Health literacy can promote older people’s health

How easy is it for older individuals to understand what their doctor tells them or to evaluate whether health information in the media is reliable? A new study on older Finnish people’s health literacy found that one third of 75-year-old Finns find it difficult to understand and use health-related information.

A change in marital status affects the number of daily steps: the men who divorced and the women who found a new partner reduced their physical activity

According to a recent study, changes in relationships have links to physical activity. The total number of non-exercise steps was reduced during a four-year follow-up study for men who divorced. For women who found a new spouse between the measurement points, the total steps decreased significantly when compared to women married throughout the period.

Children who are seen as demanding receive less physical activity support from their parents

The Skilled Kids study, conducted at the University of Jyväskylä from 2015 to 2017, found that a child’s temperament defines the level of physical activity parenting. Parents rarely participated together in physical activity and less frequently gave support for their child’s physical activity if a child’s temperament was perceived as being, on the whole, demanding.

Low fitness may indicate poor arterial health in adolescents

A recent Finnish study conducted at the University of Jyväskylä showed that adolescents with better aerobic fitness have more compliant arteries than their lower fit peers do. The study also suggests that a higher anaerobic threshold is linked to better arterial health. The results were published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Resistance training and exercise-motivation go hand-in-hand

A recent study conducted in the University of Jyväskylä suggests that resistance training improves exercise motivation and contributes to making exercise planning among older adults. Exercise motivation and exercise self-efficacy are key factors in continuing resistance training.

Pulse wave analysis provides reliable information on heart health in young people

Arterial stiffness is one of the early signs of cardiovascular disease, and arterial stiffening has been observed in children. A recent study suggests that an easy-to-use, non-invasive method can produce reproducible estimates of arterial stiffness in adolescents aged 16–19 years. The results of the study, conducted at the University of Jyväskylä, were published in the journal Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging.