1. Academic performance at school linked to exercise
How well children perform in the classroom could be linked to how physically active they are, suggests a Dutch review of previous studies.
2. You and Yours – Sporting nation?
Julian enjoys a school sport that’s enjoying a revival; Winifred Robinson has a go at Nordic walking and Peter White finds out why those taking part in one Paralympic sport are determined that it will go mainstream.
3. Kickstart your fitness in 2012
If your New Year resolution is to get in shape there are lots of alternatives to the gym. Adrian Lee looks at the most popular activities on offer.
4. You CAN stick to your New Year’s resolutions! Top personal trainer James Duigan tells you how
Millions of Britons will this week embark upon some sort of detox, diet or fitness plan. But according to a new study, the majority will fail, with the average dieter falling off the wagon after just 15 days.
5. New Year fitness plan 2012
Michael Hanlon was 18 stone, with a fondness for red wine and cheese. Now he runs marathons for fun. Here he catches up – almost – with the trainer to the stars, Matt Roberts, to launch our exclusive New Year fitness plan.
6. 2.5m to start New Year diet today
In a separate survey of 2,000 Brits, by Fitbit, two-thirds said they found it tough to include exercise into their daily lives. When asked why, 64% cited work commitments while a third blamed family and friends.
7. What weight problem? Vast majority of the obese deny being unhealthy
Only six per cent of overweight people believe they should be described as obese, a survey found.
8. Government teams up with supermarkets to persuade people to eat more healthily
More than a thousand supermarket stores across the country are offering discounts on healthy ingredients such as fruit and vegetables and low fat yogurts as part of the Department of Health’s Change 4 Life public health campaign.
9. Meet the new me
For Jay Rayner, it means getting fitter; for Viv Groskop it’s a chance to learn Chinese. But what might the new year mean for you? Ring the changes with our round-up of ideas.