Tagged: walking

Ardipithecus and bipedal walking - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Feb 25, 2019

The hominid known as “Ardi” (a specimen of Ardipithecus ramidus) was discovered in 1994, at a site near Ethiopia’s Awash River. Once excavated, it turned out that this was – for its age – a remarkably complete specimen: 125 fossilised bones, comprising most of the skull, teeth, hands & feet, pelvis, and the lower sections of the arms & legs.  This … Read More

Walking and cycling for transport is good for physical activity levels in Kiwis! - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 31, 2017

By Dr Caroline Shaw, University of Otago.  Physical activity is good for health. Higher levels of physical activity are associated with reduced rates of breast and colon cancer, better mental health, lower obesity rates, lower heart disease, stroke (the list goes on). This blog looks at a new study we just published that found that New Zealanders who walk … Read More

Friend or foe? Just look at the way a person moves - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 22, 2017

By Kylie Steel, Western Sydney University Ever had that funny feeling about someone you don’t know who’s approaching you? There’s something about them that makes you feel uneasy or you think they could cause you harm. Scientific evidence indicates this is more than just learned behaviour: it’s a survival strategy, and something we are born with. But could … Read More

Cycling and walking in six NZ cities: Where are we at? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 04, 2016

Dr Caroline Shaw, Dr Marie Russell On-road cycle lane Wellington. Photo credit: Jenny Ombler. Active transport is important for health and sustainability. But no one has previously looked systematically at how NZ cities support cycling and walking. Therefore, a new study has been performed and is now published online. This blog reports its main findings. Walking and cycling for … Read More

Welly, Chch & Dunners: NZ’s most active cities - News

John Kerr Aug 30, 2016

It seems the weather is no excuse. New Zealand’s cold, wet and windy urban centers are also where the most people get out walking and cycling.  Source: NZTA The findings come from a new report examining levels of active transport – getting around by foot or bicycle – and overall population health in New Zealand’s six largest cities. The … Read More

NZ compares well with other OECD countries in health & other areas: But scope for improvements - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 15, 2013

Assoc Prof Nick Wilson and Dr Nisha Nair NZ compares favourably with other OECD countries in many ways – according to the just released results of the OECD’s “Better Life Index”. This blog considers some of the details and also … Continue reading → … Read More