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Girls Who are More Physically Active in Childhood may Have Better Lung Functioning in Adolescence

The high prevalence of physical inactivity observed in children is worrying

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The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, examined the relationship between physical activity, from childhood to young days and lung function in adolescence in 2,300 boys and girls participating in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Pixabay

Parents, please take note. Researchers have demonstrated an association between regular physical activity during childhood and higher lung function in adolescent girls compared to boys.

The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, examined the relationship between physical activity, from childhood to young days and lung function in adolescence in 2,300 boys and girls participating in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).

“The high prevalence of physical inactivity observed in children is worrying. Extrapolated to the population as a whole, this is a factor that could have a considerable impact on lung function,” said Judith Garcia Aymerich from Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).

“Strategies for promoting physical activity in childhood could be highly beneficial for the respiratory health of the population,” she added.

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Researchers have demonstrated an association between regular physical activity during childhood and higher lung function in adolescent girls compared to boys. Pixabay

According to the researchers, the children’s physical activity was recorded using an Actigraph sensor over seven-day periods at 11, 13 and 15 years of age and their lung function was analysed by spirometry at 8 and 15 years of age.

The children’s parents also completed questionnaires on socio-demographic, psychological and lifestyle-related factors.

The researchers defined low, moderate and high physical activity trajectories.

“Girls in the moderate and high physical activity trajectories had a higher exhalation capacity — that is, greater forced expiratory volume — than girls in the low physical activity trajectory,” said study lead author Celina Roda from ISGlobal.

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In contrast, no such association was observed in boys. One possible explanation, according to researchers, is that “growth spurts occur earlier in girls than in boys, so any effect of physical activity on lung function can be more easily observed at an earlier age in girls”.

The findings showed that less than 7 per cent of the children achieved the level of physical activity recommended by the World Health Organisation — a minimum of 60 minutes each day. (IANS)

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Launch of Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls – 2020 (ICSG)

Any Indian girl between the age group of 17 to 23 years is eligible to apply for the scholarship by 15th January 2020

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Through ICSG, Internshala has been able to help girls who after fighting against the odds and overcoming hardships, are still pursuing their careers relentlessly.

Internshala, the internship and training platform, has announced its annual scholarship, Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls (ICSG-2020). ICSG is an annual award of INR 25,000/- which is meant to help advance one girl’s career in her chosen field be it academics, sports, arts, or any other field. The scholarship will be awarded as an allowance for pursuing an internship or undertaking a project in the chosen field, payment towards a specialized training program, special equipment, etc.

Any Indian girl between the age group of 17 to 23 years is eligible to apply for the scholarship by 15th January 2020. To apply, the girls need to fill this form and state their career objective. The applications will be shortlisted based on four elements including the fight against odds, achievement, purpose, and need.

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Internshala, the internship and training platform, has announced its annual scholarship, Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls (ICSG-2020). Pixabay

The inspiration for this scholarship lies in the sad coincidence that that Nirbhaya’s struggle for life ended on the same day that Internshala celebrated its 2nd anniversary (29th December 2012). Through ICSG, Internshala has been able to help girls who after fighting against the odds and overcoming hardships, are still pursuing their careers relentlessly.

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The winner of ICSG-2019 was Gazala Praveen from Sikta, West Champaran in Bihar. Gazala belongs to a family that still has the mindset of not educating girls and marrying them off early. Despite social and economical obstacles, she never gave up on her education.

For more details, visit: http://bit.ly/ICSG-2020