Monthly Archives: November 2011

Health & Fitness in the News – 25/11/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Studies have found that a daily bout of hard exercise can
drastically cut your risk of cancer

Men’s Health

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found
doing 30 minutes of intense exercise a day reduces your cancer risk by an
average of 50%.

Men’s
Health

2. Britons believe Games
will boost country’s morale

Fitpro

However,
the public were more sceptical regarding health and fitness, highlighting how
much work remains to be done on the Games’ legacy. Just a quarter of
respondents think that London 2012 will help promote grassroots sport and only
20% believe that London 2012 could help improve the health of Britain.

Fitpro

3. £1m more funding for London facilities

Sports Management

London
mayor Boris Johnson has announced that 20 projects at sports clubs, playing
fields and recreation grounds across the capital are to benefit from a further
£1m of funding.

Sports
Management

4. Doctor’s orders for
top fitness

Lancashire Evening Post

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, which runs Royal Preston and Chorley and
South Ribble Hospitals, has invested more than £40,000 in cardiopulmonary
exercise testing equipment as part of its new ‘fitness for surgery’ initiative.

Lancashire
Evening Post

5. 12 health benefits of
running

Zest magazine

A
dozen health reasons for running should be enough to get even the most
reluctant runner out on the road.

Zest

Health & Lifestyle

1.
Early intervention to tackle obesity saves pounds

Guardian

Voluntary
sector groups like ours, that help people to get fit, come off drugs, and
improve their mental health can save the NHS millions, says Healthworks manager
Tim Woolliscroft.

Guardian

2.
Harnessing the power of the mind to overcome obesity

The Independent

To
date, behavioural change programmes have tended to focus on diet and exercise
without addressing the fact that some patients have deep-seated emotional
issues leading to entrenched beliefs.

The
Independent

Health & Fitness in the News – 24/11/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Want to lose weight? Why you should kick-start a health plan with exercise BEFORE you change your diet
Daily Mail

A review from Harvard University has found that starting a fitness regime first could be the key to tackling obesity. The researchers said exercise increases a person’s sensitivity to the physiological signs of fullness, so they are less likely to overeat.

Daily Mail

2. Fit exercise into your busy daily routine
Evening Standard

By 2023, half of us will be fat (it’s official). It is a frightening statistic – research indicates that people who live sedentary lifestyles can shorten their lifespan by up to seven years.

Evening Standard

3. How to get a bottom like Pippa Middleton with her favourite workout
Daily Express

Pippa’s Pilates teacher Margot Campbell is releasing The Perfect Pilates Bum DVD on Boxing Day, just in time for us all to squeeze into the intricate copy of Pippa’s scene-stealing bridesmaid dress which hit stores this week.

Daily Express

4. Getting teenage girls to keep fit
Wales Online

A new project will be offering box-a-cise, Zumba and lots of other fitness sessions to teenage girls in Cardiff.

Wales Online

5. Dad strikes blow for the kids…and his health!
Derby Telegraph

A self-employed landscape gardener, who fell into depression after losing a £25,000-a-year contract, says going to the gym is changing his life – and helping needy children.

Derby Telegraph

Health & Lifestyle

1. Spring to life in your 70s
The Mirror

The H70 Study concludes that even after retirement, people are generally healthier and more active than they were 30 years ago.

The Mirror

2. Europe surges ahead of UK on life expectancy because of our poor survival rates on cancer and obesity
Daily Mail

An international report has found that despite the billions of pounds poured into the NHS by Labour, British patients have fared much worse than those across the Channel.

Daily Mail

Health & Fitness in the News – 23/11/2011

Wednesday 23rd November

Exercise and Industry

1. ACSM reveals 2012 fitness sector trends
Sports Management

Strength training and programmes for older adults also featured as part of the top five trends, along with exercise as part of weight loss schemes and efforts to tackle childhood obesity.

Sports Management

2. Running with the pack: Social fitworking
Evening Standard

Once the domain of the serious athlete, group fitness competitions have been redesigned for general use by everyone. As the new events launch in London, people are signing up in droves.

Evening Standard

3. Gok Wan: I’m just as bad as the women on How To Look Good Naked
Metro

Gok has resorted to an unlikely first… the treadmill. “I’m going to be 40 in a couple of years,” he said. ‘I exercise now, which I’ve never done in my life but I exercise regularly and I have done for nearly a year-and-a-half now. It has completely changed my approach to how I feel about my body.”

Metro

4. Barefoot running: an overview of the science
Guardian Sport Blog

The evidence so far suggests that barefoot running produces some potentially beneficial changes, mostly related to how running form and kinetics are altered without shoes.

Guardian

Health & Lifestyle

1. Four cups of coffee a day ‘can help prevent womb cancer’ – even if they’re decaf
Daily Mail

Researchers, from Harvard School of Public Health in the U.S., said: “Increasing exercise and maintaining normal body weight are probably the most important ways to prevent endometrial cancer. However, additional strategies are needed and dietary habits such as coffee drinking could provide one option.”

Daily Mail

2. Why eating too quickly is a fast track to an early grave
Daily Mail

The tempo of everyday activities could have an impact on your health. The speed you walk at is as good an indicator of how long you’ll live as your health history, smoking habits and blood pressure combined, U.S. researchers have found.

Daily Mail

Health & Fitness in the News – 21/11/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. London 2012 will fail to deliver lasting legacy for young, says Lord Moynihan
Guardian

The 2012 London Olympics will fail to deliver any lasting sporting legacy for most young Britons because of six years of failed government policy and “missed opportunity”, the chairman of the British Olympic Association says today.

Guardian

2. Call for mandatory PE tests alongside maths and reading
BBC News

Sports medicine specialists say governments across the UK have squandered the chance to create an Olympic legacy of fitness. Their conference in London is calling for mandatory “physical literacy” tests in schools, alongside reading and maths.

BBC News

3. The new gym price battle: costs drop to £12 a month – and no joining fee
Thisismoney.co.uk

Brands such as Klick Fitness, Fit4Less, and Pure Gym are offering no-frills gym membership from £11.99 a month upwards, often with no joining or admin fee and without the need to sign a year’s contract. Stelios is on the act too with two easyGyms up and running and more facilities planned.

Thisismoney.co.uk

Health & Lifestyle

1. NHS introduces £1,500 talking plate which warns fat families about their eating habits
Daily Mail

Doctors have a new weapon in the battle to beat obesity – a talking plate that tells people not to bolt their food. The Mandometer monitors the amount of food leaving the plate and tells users who gobble: ‘Please eat more slowly.’

Daily Mail

2. Naturally shake off the winter blues
Femalefirst.co.uk

Physical exercise has been proven to combat depression. Exercise increases levels of endorphins in the body, which are known to make us happy. You don’t have to do much exercise either – just 30 minutes a day for adults, even if it is just getting outdoors and going for a long walk.

Femalefirst.co.uk

3. Why women want to gain weights
Guardian women’s blog

Instead of worrying about shedding pounds, more women are looking at weightlifting as a way to become fitter.

Guardian

Health & Fitness in the News – 18/11/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Derby gym owner nominated for BBC East Midlands Unsung Hero Award
BBC News

Ten years ago, Steve Pateman, who has dedicated 25 years of his life to coaching different sports, secured funding to transform an old building into Sumo’s Gym. Young people living in the area have the opportunity to use the facilities for free. Mr Pateman volunteers at the gym for about 40 hours a week.

BBC News

2. Staff at gym save heart attack man
Cambridge News

Quick-thinking staff at a gym saved the life of a customer who suffered a heart attack. The man, in his late 60s, was using a rowing machine at the Impressions Fitness Suite at One Leisure, St Ives, when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Cambridge News

3. Everyone Active Life Centre set to open next March
This is Plymouth

A date for the opening of the Plymouth Life Centre has been announced. The centre will house a climbing zone, leisure pool with a flume and a 50-metre Olympic-sized swimming pool amongst many other facilities.

This is Plymouth

Health & Lifestyle

1. Nanny state health projects ‘don’t work’
The Daily Mail

Many multi-million-pound ‘nanny state’ initiatives by the Government aimed at boosting public health do not work and could even be causing harm, claims an independent study. Projects such as Change4Life, which is intended to get more people eating fruit and vegetables, have had ‘little effect’, it concludes.

The Daily Mail

2. Government slammed for obesity group closure
Food Manufacture Magazine
The government’s decision to abolish the panel of experts advising ministers on tackling obesity is like “turning the policy-clock back 10 years”, according to panel member Professor Timothy Lang.

Food Manufacture

Health & Fitness in the News – 16/11/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. UK Sport’s merger with Sport England and counterparts in Scotland and Wales runs into problems
Daily Telegraph

The proposed merger of UK Sport, Sport England and its home nations counterparts is running into difficulty because of political reluctance to give up devolved powers to a new UK body.

Daily Telegraph

2. Cancer patient’s gym ‘ban’ by ‘Dragon’ Duncan Bannatyne
BBC News

An NHS nurse recovering from cancer says she is “shocked” to have been banned from joining a gym owned by Dragons’ Den’s Duncan Bannatyne.

BBC News

3. Phone therapy and exercise can ease chronic pain
Reuters

Researchers from Britain’s universities of Aberdeen and Manchester who conducted the study also found that exercise improved pain and disability and helped people manage their symptoms, but there was no extra benefit for those who got both CBT and exercise treatment.

Reuters

Health & Lifestyle

1. Obesity advisory group disbanded by government
Guardian

The government has disbanded its expert advisory group on obesity, most of whose members were critical of health secretary Andrew Lansley’s decision to fight the epidemic through close collaboration with the food and drinks industries.

Guardian

2. London 2012 Olympics: BOA’s Lord Moynihan wants tougher sanctions in fight against drug cheats
Daily Telegraph

Lord Moynihan, the chairman of the British Olympic Association, has delivered an impassioned defence of the BOA’s lifetime Olympic ban for drug cheats just 24 hours before the organisation’s executive board is set to decide whether to continue with its zero tolerance rule.

Daily Telegraph

Health & Fitness in the News – 15/11/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Take quick steps to dancefloor fitness
Scottish Sunday Express

The return of Strictly Come Dancing has transformed Saturday night viewing but if you take a lead from the stars of the show you can transform your fitness too. Dance is the ultimate workout.

Scottish Sunday Express

2. Young mayor wants to make Leeds lead the way in keeping healthy
Leeds Council

Joe’s idea of creating ‘kids zones’ in public gyms got the highest number of votes out of the ten manifestos submitted from children across the city. This year, well over 3,000 votes were cast via the Breeze website and Leeds Learning Network.

Leeds Council

3. Bridal Bootcamp
Daily Mail

Preparing for a wedding is a stressful period for any bride, or groom for that matter. So when I was given the chance to attend a bridal bootcamp just one week before my big day, I jumped at the opportunity.

Daily Mail

Health & Lifestyle

1. Ministers ‘must release’ secret NHS report
The Telegraph

Ministers must hand over a secret report on the risks of the NHS reforms ahead of a key debate in the Lords, Andy Burnham Shadow Health Secretary has said.

The Telegraph

2. Health spin doctor joins Asda… The supermarket that backed her £250m anti-obesity drive
Daily Mail

A former breakfast TV presenter was at the centre of a conflict of interest row last night after moving from a high-powered Whitehall job to a lucrative position with Asda, which worked with her on a Government campaign.

Daily Mail

Health & Fitness in the News – 09/11/2011

Wednesday 9th November

Exercise and Industry

1. Entrepreneurs create website for exercise flash mobs
CTV News

David Sciacca wants to get you up and moving – and he and his partners have come up with a fast, easy — and free or fairly cheap — way to do it. They started trainingmobs.com, which provides a guide to exercise mobs in several Canadian cities. It’s free to join, has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed and encourages a sense of community.

CTV News

2. Nirvana Spa cash for breast cancer charity
Get Reading

Nirvana Spa members have dug deep to raise another large sum for charity. Television personality Suzanne Dando called into the Sindlesham spa to receive a cheque for £2,500 for Against Breast Cancer.

Get Reading

3. Moving forward for a healthier lifestyle
The Shields Gazette

For the past year, health trainers have been working with Mental Health Concern’s Moving Forward South Tyneside project. The service supports people with acute and enduring mental health problems, providing healthy living courses, education, social activities and training for employment opportunities.

Shields Gazette

Health & Lifestyle

1. New research calls for lower limit to be set for South Asian obesity level
Medical News Today

A major study calling for levels of obesity among South Asians to be recalculated has been published by researchers from the University of Leicester.

Medical News Today

2. Diabetes rising fast among overweight
North West Evening Mail

Diabetes rates in Cumbria have soared in the past year, figures have revealed. Statistics released by national charity Diabetes UK show the diabetes epidemic is continuing to grow across the county.

North West Evening Mail