Monthly Archives: December 2011

Health & Fitness in the news – 23/12/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. FIA and thinkpublic receive funding to develop their idea for helping older adults stay socially connected
FIA

The FIA (Fitness Industry Association) in partnership with thinkpublic are one of four winners of the national Keeping Connected Business Challenge.

FIA

2. Footballers, friends and zombies: Fitness tech gets social
BBC

For people struggling to get fit, their main problem is simply a matter of motivation. They don’t have any.

BBC

3. Mark Cavendish voted BBC sports personality of the year
Guardian

The “Manx flyer”, cyclist Mark Cavendish, has been voted BBC sports personality of the year after a stellar 12 months.

Guardian

4. The man whose muscles made women faint: How Britain’s first bodybuilder was the father of modern fitness
Daily Mail

On a winter’s day in 1904, Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle steered his motor car too quickly into the drive of his Surrey country home.

Daily Mail

5. Breaking down sporting barriers
Salford Advertiser

Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsley and Eccles South, said she hoped the UsGirls project, which aims to get 30,000 young women and girls in Britain more active, could overcome barriers in the city.

Salford Advertiser

Health & Lifestyle

1. Only 6% of Welsh population meets four pillars of healthy lifestyle, warns retiring chief doctor Tony Jewell
Wales Online

Referring to the results of the Welsh Health Survey, he said only 6% of the population met the four key health guidelines – not smoking; drinking alcohol within guideline limits; eating five-a-day and meeting the weekly activity and exercise targets.

Wales Online

2. Have a happy – and healthy – Christmas
The Star

In the post Christmas weight-panic, gym memberships across the country soar. But while we adults can pump iron in adult-only gyms, there are few places where children can target their weight in such a way.

The Star

The FIA Media Review will be back on 3rd January 2012. We would like to wish all FIA members a Happy Christmas and we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Health & Fitness in the news – 22/12/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. London 2012: £17.4m to upgrade sport facilities
BBC

More than £17m is being handed out to upgrade community sports facilities across England as part of the 2012 Olympic legacy.

BBC

2. Stay fit while you feast this Christmas
Evening Standard

If outdoor excursions are not your cup of tea, local health clubs often run offers during the festive season. By getting in early you can get a good deal, and you also get to feel smug about being ahead of the game when everyone else returns in January.

Evening Standard

3. Minimise the damage this Christmas
Zest

We asked some fitness and nutrition experts how to best limit the damage over the festive season. Here’s what they recommend.

Zest

4. Swimming shake-up to boost sport
Yorkshire Post

The cabinet member for health, Councillor Peter Wilkinson, said: “Despite swimming being the country’s most popular participatory sport, the figures from the latest Sport England Active People survey shows there is a national downturn in it. We hope the Big Swim will encourage people to return to the water and enjoy the benefits that swimming offers.”

Yorkshire Post

Health & Lifestyle

1. Experts call for 10% ‘fat tax’ on soft drinks to prevent obesity
Guardian

Richard Laming, media director of the British Soft Drinks Association, said: “The cause of obesity is an excess of calories in the diet over calories expended in exercise, and not the overall amount of calories consumed, still less the calories from any individual source. Balanced diets and active lifestyles can only be achieved through information and education and not regulation or compulsion.”

Guardian

2. Obese women ‘should lose weight’ before having a baby
The Telegraph

The new advice also covers exercise in pregnancy, vitamin supplements, planning for labour and birth, after birth care and planning for a future pregnancy.

The Telegraph

3. Many Scots ‘choose’ to ignore lifestyle health advice
BBC

52% of adults felt were they physically active enough to stay healthy, but only 39% met the current recommendations of 30 minutes moderate activity on most days of the week.

BBC

Health & Fitness in the News – 19/12/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Elite athletes at greater risk for arthritis: study
Reuters

Elite male athletes who participate in high-contact sports such as football, soccer and rugby have a higher risk of developing knee and hip osteoarthritis than men who exercise little or not at all, a Swedish study found.

Reuters

2. Can a gym workout fix my hangover?
The Express

On any other morning I’d be hiding under the duvet desperately pressing my alarm’s snooze button. Instead I’m about to start the UK’s only exercise routine formulated with the symptoms of a post-drinking session in mind.

The Express

3. Mothers urged to control pregnancy weight
Private Health

Jo Taylor, midwife for the baby charity Tommy’s, stated that women who make an effort to remain relatively fit during pregnancy will receive a number of health benefits.

Private Health

4. Gym-goer Alex Field scoops national award
Bucks Free Press

Alex, who has Down’s Syndrome, rowed more than a million metres last year on a rowing machine at The Exercise Clinic, which is based at Wye Valley School.His work at the gym also helped him climb Snowdon, canoe 150 miles down the Thames and achieve his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Bucks Free Press

Health & Lifestyle

1. Junk food companies use loopholes to advertise to children
The Telegraph

Junk food companies are using loopholes in advertising rules to ‘swamp’ children with unhealthy food messages while they play online games, charities warn.

The Telegraph

2. Weight loss wonder pill that doesn’t make you sick could be on sale within three years
Daily Mail

The drug, which switches off appetite using hormones that are created naturally in the stomach when it is full, is billed as the first to melt away unwanted pounds without causing nasty side effects.

Daily Mail

3. Six of the best Xmas family games
The Sun

“Pick yourself off the sofa and get moving with our favourite calorie-burning games everyone can enjoy.”

The Sun

Health & Fitness in the News – 14/12/2011

Wednesday 14th December

Exercise and Industry

1. Future opportunities for the industry
Fitpro Business (p.14)

FIA CEO David Stalker discusses the opportunities for the industry in 2012, along with the issues that need to be addressed if we are to capitalise on these new markets.

Fitpro Business

2. London 2012 Olympics: BOA ban on drug cheats is right. We must fight to keep it, says Sir Chris Hoy
The Telegraph

I’m on the other side of the world at the moment in Perth, Western Australia, putting in a big winter training block, but I’ve been following the debate on the BOA’s stance over former dopers and their impending showdown with Wada with huge interest because this is a subject I have strong views on.

The Telegraph

3. Mary Portas rescue plan: yoga studios, bingo halls, and a minister for shops
The Guardian

The wide-ranging report also suggested that defunct stores be turned into gyms, creches and bingo halls to kick start community regeneration as well as a “National Market Day” to drive footfall on to local high streets.

The Guardian

4. Pilates isn’t just for fitness any more!
Zest

We tested the APPI Pilates method, which focuses on curing ailments like lower back pain while increasing overall fitness.

Zest

5. How Coffee Can Galvanize Your Workout
New York Times

Can a cup of coffee motivate you to relish your trips to the gym this winter? That question is at the heart of a notable study of caffeine and exercise, one of several new experiments suggesting that, whatever your sport, caffeine may allow you to perform better and enjoy yourself more.

New York Times

Health & Lifestyle

1. Diabetes death toll could be slashed in half
The Daily Express

Most of these early deaths could be avoided if ¬sufferers got regular NHS check-ups, ate healthy foods, cut down on alcohol and took more exercise.

The Daily Express

2. Obesity rising among final year primary school children, says new report
NHS Information Centre

The proportion of children in England who are obese in their final year of primary school is rising; new NHS Information Centre figures show today.

NHS Information Centre

3. Staying Fit and Healthy Over Christmas
Woman & Home

Christmas can be a busy time but staying active and working off any extra calories is still possible.

Woman & Home

Health & Fitness in the News – 12/12/11

Exercise and Industry

1. Beam your way to a flat tummy
Daily Mail

Pilates? It’s old news. The latest fitness craze is balancing on a plank as you exercise

Daily Mail

2. Jane’s still Fonda exercise at 73 as she releases new fitness DVDs (and shows she still has the moves)
Daily Mail

‘I realised that no one is doing videos for people like me, who can’t do what they used to do…or maybe people who have never exercised in their lives. It’s never too late,’ she added encouragingly.

Daily Mail

3. New wellness centre for Help for Heroes Tidworth site
BBC

At its full capacity of 1,000 the new centre, due to open in mid-2012, will deliver health, sport and exercise programmes to help with rehabilitation.

BBC

4. Delight after 17,000 flock to new Oswestry sports centre
Shropshire Star

Nearly 17,000 people visited Oswestry’s new multi-million pound leisure centre during its first month in operation, it was today revealed.

Shropshire Star

5. Elderly ‘should continue to exercise’
Private Healthcare UK

Regular gentle exercise should be part of older people’s daily routine. This is the opinion of Friends of the Elderly chief executive Richard Furze, who believes that activities such as walking will provide physical and mental benefits this winter.

Private Healthcare UK

Health & Lifestyle

1. Battling to cut cholesterol and get fighting fit – fast
The Telegraph

A healthy diet and boot camp sends high cholesterol levels tumbling inside a week.

The Telegraph

2. How an incredible seven in 10 households play video games
Mail on Sunday

While some may regard its popularity as a sign of a couch-potato nation, the massive success of ‘healthy’ games such as Wii Fit has been down to its exercise-based content. ‘The fitness aspect has been very important in driving sales,’ said Mr Gee.

Mail on Sunday

3. County’s focus on healthy lifestyles
East Anglian Daily Times

Suffolk County Council (SCC) has been awarded £310,000 from the European Union to spearhead a group of European organisations which will improve the understanding of the best ways to keep 45 to 65-year-olds in good health.

East Anglian Daily Times

Health & Fitness in the News – 06/12/2011

Tuesday 6th December

Exercise and Industry

1.
Improved fitness reduces risk of death, even without weight loss

Netdoctor

People who
improve their level of fitness can reduce their risk of death, even if they do
not actually lose weight, a study has found.

Netdoctor

2.
How to look

as toned as Alesha Dixon

Evening Standard

In the run up
to the end of year festive celebrations, she is working extra hard with her
personal trainer Janet Malinowska. When we caught up with Janet she revealed
her top tips for staying in shape this party season.

Evening
Standard

3.
Men’s Health Fat Burners: The Lunch Timer’s Plan

Men’s Health

Dafydd Owen
has little but his lunch breaks available for exercise, but that need not
prevent him reaching his weight loss goals.

Men’s
Health

4.
Weekly yoga can ease lower back pain

Femalefirst.co.uk

A study has
discovered that adults suffering from chronic back pain showed an improvement
in everyday tasks after doing weekly yoga sessions.

Femalefirst.co.uk

5.
James loses five stone to become fitness instructor

The Leader

“The more you
lose weight the more you want to lose. It becomes your sport or your hobby. I
felt like everyone at the gym was really friendly and encouraging. Once people
see you trying to make a difference, they are supportive.”

The
Leader

Health & Lifestyle

1.
Sitting around at work all day really DOES give you a bigger bottom

Daily Mail

The warning
comes from a scientist who usually researches bed sores which can affect those
bedridden or in a wheelchair due to paralysis. Scans of their buttocks showed
the muscles there shrinking and breaking down due to lack of exercise.

Daily
Mail

2.
Can dancing help to tackle Parkinson’s?

Daily Express

In a ballet
rehearsal room near the Royal Albert Hall about 50 people are seated in a circle.
A young lithe girl takes centre stage and performs a simple stretch, waving her
arms from side to side in an elegant gesture familiar to ballet lovers.

Daily
Express

3. UP, the bracelet with
a healthy app-etite for your lifestyle

Guardian

A rubber
wristband called UP devours data on your activity levels, sleep patterns and
eating habits and allows you to share this information with a ‘team’ of
friends.

Guardian

4.
Mental and physical exercise ‘wards off dementia’

Nursing Times

Dementia
sufferers can get as much benefit from exercising their mind and body for two
hours a day as they can from completing a standard course of drugs, according
to German researchers.

Nursing
Times

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions

On Boxing Day, usual tradition has it that almost the entire town goes out, to catch up with friends and prolong the festive fun.  To many it is the favourite day of the year.

It seems to be a local tradition that doesn’t happen elsewhere, or if it does in limited areas.  It’s a Scarborough tradition, a festive occasion which is termed “Ladies Day”. There are various explanations as to how it came about, but the most common held one is that the fishermen’s wives were given the day off to go for a drink after they had worked really hard in preparing and delivering Christmas.  So the pubs opened to give them a place to relax after the previous days festivities.

Although it’s called “Ladies Day” still, it is now for everyone to enjoy.  The pubs usually open at 11am, everyone is in hight spirits and happy to talk about the good and bad of their Christmas. It’s also a time to catch up with people you see every day, or the ones you occasionally see.

There is also the other traditional events we are talked about in the other blogs:
Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Harbour Raft Race)
Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Mile of Pennies)
Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Fishermen vs. Firemen football match)

On Boxing Day, people meet up with friends and go round the pubs from 11am onwards – as you can imagine there’s a good chuck of drinking time and fun.  Extra police are on hand, although I haven’t seen any trouble since I started the Boxing Day tradition.

For everyone the Christmas build-up is intense that once presents have been opened and the turkey eaten it can seem a bit of a let down, however in Scarborough it is not.

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Harbour Raft Race)

Usually hundreds gather around the Scarborough seafront to enjoy the annual boxing day festivities which have long been a tradition of the town.

Last year’s harbour raft race, in aid of the Fishermen and Firemen Fund, did not fail to entertain the crowds.

The raft race involved the usual festive frolicking between teams – and some of the spectators – who bombarded each other with flour and egg.

From the 20 teams that took part the triumphant winners were the Honolulu Hookers. The team, who all dressed in drag for the event, were proud to admit they also averaged the oldest participating team.

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Mile of Pennies)

A long-standing, traditional annual event, organised by the Fisherman and Fireman’s Charity. Join in the fun of lining up your coppers along the kerb, from next to the Lifeboat House, all along the seafront!

People are either asked to donate their pennies, or add them to the long line of others that have already been laid.  Each year it roughly earns £300 for the Fisherman and Fireman charity.

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Fishermen vs. Firemen football match)

Each year people congregate on the South Bay beach in Scarborough. They watch the Fishermen versus the Firemen football match and then usually move on to the Harbour quayside to watch the Crazy Raft Race. Few know the history and origins of these traditions. Most wonder why the Fire Brigade play against the Fishermen. They just watch the comedy football match.  It’s all played in good humour though at times it resembles a rugby match rather than football. The half time is characterised by a team talk complete with cigarettes and cans of beer. At full time scores are settled and players from the opposing team are dragged to the sea and dunked. The good humour continues in the local pubs throughout the day and night.

The story begins in 1893 when huge storms raged on the North east coast. The gales began on the 16th November and continued till they reached Hurrican force on the 18th. There were many ships on the coast. In fact the whole of the Scarborough Fishing Fleet was at sea. Many were away from the heart of the storm in Scottish waters. Slowly the fishing smacks returned to port one by one.

No news was bad news though as one of the smacks – the Evelyn and MAud still had not returned. A report had been received that it was in Bridlington Bay but this proved false. On the 2nd December wreckage was washed up at Easington near the mouth of the Humber. A lifebuoy from the Evelyn and Maud was found. The Lifebuoy contained a piece of whalebone with the words “Ship going down. Sinking fast Evelyn and Maud”. Mrs Mann stated that this was the handwriting of her husband.

The vessel was declared lost and reports were published in the newspaper. The regular skipper of the Evelyn and Maud was John Cross.  He did not sail on this occasion.

With so many of the fishing community widowed and orphaned a fund was set up by the Mayor GL Beeforth. On the 13th December a list of subscribers were published in the newspapers. A football match was organised by three local skippers – Dawson, Snowball and Newland. It was played on Christmas morning between the Fishermen (skippers, mate and deck hands) versus the Firement (the stokers, engineers and cooks). There were 1,500 spectators and a collection raised £9. The match was played at the Ebor football ground. Overall the charity raised £289 when the fund closed on 31st December. The money was placed in savings bank on King Street and the money handed out bit by bit when needed by the families.

Skipper Dawson became a mainstay in the early years of the Football match.  He wore grotesque costumes and so started the tradition of fancy dress. Now comedy outfits are worn. Hats must be worn at all times. The referee blows his whistle if a player is hatless. Often players will pinch the hat of the opposing team players and bury them in the sand.

Nowadays their are very few fishermen and no firemen. The last Steam Trawler left Scarborough in 1960. At one time fishing boats would fill the harbour. Now there are barely enough fishermen to form two teams. Yet the old fishing families still turn out. Some have turned out for years supporting the cause. Fred Normandale has featured in the match for nearly 40 years as either player or referee. Billy Blades has been a team Captain for many years.

The match has always been a good excuse for some hard drinking. Captain Sydney Smith (of the merchant Navy remembers one time when his father played in the match and brought him along. He was told to stand at the end of the bar at the Lord Nelson. Hours later he was still stood there forgotten!

In 1901 the Silver Cup was presented by George Alderson Smith. It is still in use today. In 1904 the teams started to wear the coloured shirts that are in use now. The fishermen play in white and the firemen in red. In 1908 the Mayor kicked off the match – a tradition that continues to this day.

A Comedy Band pays each year. In the 1920′s it was the Butts comic band. In 2004 it was Barry Hampshires Hamps Tramps street band. Other features include the mile of pennies where people put their pennies down on the pavement right along Foreshore Road.

In the age of the modern welfare state the charity is not really needed. But the tradition still continues. The money raised goes to the pensioners, disabled and sick from within the fishing community. They receive bags of meat at Christmas. But each year the charity match found some worthwhile cause. In 1897 £20 was given to Mrs Pashby whose son had just drowned in a recent gale. In 1896 £14 was given tot he local Seamens Mission. In 1903 money was donated to the hospital and to the Lightfoot charity.

Boxing Day Traditions article taken from (http://www.scarboroughsmaritimeheritage.org.uk/afishermenandfiremen.php)