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RIHS Science Awards

2nd place for Martijn Maessen

Martijn Maessen RIHS award 21 Jun 2017

Physical activity is believed to lower cardiovascular and all-cause mortality risk in a dose-dependent fashion. This indicates that increasing levels of physical activity provide more health benefits. However, relatively little evidence is available regarding the dose-response association of physical activity with cardiovascular morbidity. Our recent paper aimed to fill this knowledge gap. The study was performed via a collaboration between two departments of the RIHS (Physiology and Health Evidence), 'Stichting Vierdaagse' and 'Stichting Zevenheuvelenloop'. Participants of the Four Days Marches and Seven Hills Run were invited to take part in this investigation. The combination between Radboudumc and (inter)national mass participation events offered a unique opportunity to reach a large group of 21,266 individuals and study different health aspects of PA. Our results demonstrated that PA below recommended exercise guidelines (~675 MET-min/wk) already yielded significant cardiovascular benefits. Greater risk reductions were found for higher exercise doses, with a maximal risk reduction of more than 60%. Since lack of time is one the most important factors for people not to engage in PA, our findings may motivate these individuals to take up exercise for just 10 min/day.

During the RIHS Cocktails & Awards event last Wednesday the jury selected our paper as 2nd best. The jury appreciated our nice complete study with an interesting outcome, which was also spread to the general population via media.

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