Monthly Archives: February 2012

Health & fitness in the news – 29/02/2012

1. Physical Activity Levels In Children Not Altered By Active Video Games
MediLexicon

In a study recently published in Pediatrics, researchers say that “active” video games may not boost children’s physical activity as much as some people believe.

MediLexicon

2. Cancer Death Rates in Europe Will Continue To Fall, New Predictions For 2012
MediLexicon

Although the actual number of people predicted to die from cancer in the European Union this year will increase, the rates of cancer deaths continue to fall, according to new figures published.

MediLexicon

3. Saudi women push for the right to play sports
Guardian

I hope that when they see that there are girls who really want to play, and who do play regardless of the obstacles that lie in their path, they realise that they have to do something.

Guardian

4. UK teenager receives worlds first diabetes implant
Diabetes UK

A hospital in the UK has become the first in the world to implant a teenager with a non-surgical device called an EndoBarrier to help treat their type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK

5. Driver to improve the dignity of older people in care
Guardian

Keith Pearson, head of the NHS Confederation, is determined to put compassion and dignity at the heart of caring for the elderly.

Guardian

6. Revamped Selby leisure centre could be demolished after fire
BBC News

A leisure centre in North Yorkshire severely damaged by a fire less than two years after it underwent a £1.1m refurbishment could be demolished.

BBC News

Health & fitness in the news – 24/02/2012

1. Obesity Britain: shocking new figures reveal growing crisis
Mirror

Weight loss operations up 12% in a year and hospital admissions for obesity have jumped.

Mirror 

 

2. Burning calories at the gym ‘avoids having a burnout at work’
Daily Mail

Making the effort to head to the gym a few times each week can dramatically improve your mood on the job, say scientists.

Daily Mail 

 

3. Scrap NHS Bill, says Royal College
Guardian

A survey of 1,492 college members found 79% want the Health and Social Care Bill to be scrapped. They voted for the college to call for the “outright withdrawal” of the Bill rather than continue to push for amendments.

Guardian 

 

4. London 2012 Olympics: Boxing saved my life says GB Captain Tom Stalker
Metro

The 27-year-old admits to having been involved in petty crime in his teenage years, but at the age of 17, when his girlfriend became pregnant, he joined a local boxing club – and it transformed his life.

Metro 

 

5. Obesity in England: why is it increasing?
Guardian

26.2% of the male population in England to said to be clinically obese according to the latest Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet report published today by the National Health Service (NHS).

Guardian

Scarborough Shrove Tuesday traditions

Scarborough has had a long running tradtion on Shrove Tuesday which has been running at least since 1903. It has been thought that local fisherman who were getting rid of the ropes and nets not fit for fishing to children who would then use the ropes to skip.

Since at least 1853 a person has run a bell at noon on Shrove Tuesday, which is though to signal to people they should begin pancake making when the tradition began. Nowadays it is run to tell people to start skipping.  The area used for skipping is closed (foreshore) for traffic for the event these days.

Health & fitness in the news – 17/02/2012

1. The Last Word: David Stalker reflects on…A positive Shift into 2012
Body Life

I am delighted to say that a fantastic corporate partnership kicked off this month between the FIA’s Shift into Sports programme and broadcast giant Sky – a partnership that delivers a newly engaged audience to health and fitness operators across the country.

Body Life

2. Agent appointed to audit inclusiveness of UK gyms
Fitpro News

An accreditation scheme aimed at making the fitness industry more inclusive to the disabled population has appointed an agent to undertake audits of fitness facilities.

Fitpro News

3. Weight training benefits Parkinson’s sufferers
The Telegraph

Scientists found people with the debilitating brain disease who embarked on weight training managed to reduce their symptoms more effectively and for longer than those on a recognised exercise programme.

The Telegraph

4. Is your health kick ageing you?
Mirror

Find out how to make over your so-called healthy habits.

Mirror

5. Mars to make all candy bars 250 calories or less
Associated Press

Mars Inc., the makers of popular candy brands including M&M’s and Twix, will stop making chocolate products that exceed 250 calories by the end of next year.

Associated Press

6. Is slimming contagious? Befriending dieters will help shed the pounds, says study
Daily Mail

A study found that overweight participants lost the most weight when they were supported by those with similar health targets.

Daily Mail

Health & fitness in the news – 14/02/2012

1. Seven in ten British adults and almost half of under 35s now have high blood pressure due to lifestyle
Daily Mail

Senior doctors said unhealthy lifestyles were to blame. Desk jobs, lack of exercise and feasting on salty fast foods have contributed to the problem, even among the young.

Daily Mail

2. How to have a happy heart
Daily Express

Like all muscles our heart benefits from a regular workout and studies show keeping active halves the risk of cardiac disease. In middle age it can add up to another two years to your life.

Daily Express

3. Children targeted in exercise drive
Scotsman

The Scottish Government has launched a new initiative to encourage more children to take part in regular exercise.

Scotsman

4. Want to lose weight? Trade sugary drinks for water
Reuters

Swapping your soda for water — or at least diet soda — really can help you shed a few pounds, a new clinical trial finds.

Reuters

5. Downham: Exercises see off breathing woe
Lynn News

More than 150 people with potentially disabling breathing problems have been helped by an exercise programme.

Lynn News

Health & fitness in the news – 10/02/2012

1. Giving Running a Healthy Boost
Huffington Post – Sally Gunnell

While the government has scaled back from its original goal of getting one million more adults engaged in regular sporting activity, instead focusing its efforts on encouraging young people to get off the sofa, it is probably right that the limited central funds concentrate on our young people, since a change of behavior now is likely to stand them in good stead through their lives.

Huffington Post

2. Happiness is… hitting the gym: Exercise fans feel greater levels of excitement, say scientists
Daily Mail

If the person next to you appears more enthusiastic about life, it may be because they are more physically active, say scientists.

Daily Mail

3. CIMSPA aim to unify one million sports professionals
Fitpro News

Leading names in sport and leisure have been appointed to help the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity’s goal to unify the one million sport and physical activity professionals in the UK.

Fitpro News

4. EU to blame for Europe’s growing obesity epidemic ‘by encouraging import of cheap calorie-laden food’

Daily Mail

A recent Eurostat report found that more than half of the EU population are now overweight or obese.

Daily Mail

5. Cabinet ‘revolts against health reforms’
The Telegraph

Ministers are said to want to scrap Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms after it emerged three Conservative cabinet members feared David Cameron was not listening to concerns.

The Telegraph

Health & fitness in the news – 09/01/2012

1. FIA and Les Mills UK Roadshow – The Future Of Fitness
FIA

The secrets of the world’s most successful fitness facilities

As Les Mills International becomes the exclusive distributor of LES MILLS™ group fitness programmes in the United Kingdom this spring, the newly launched company Les Mills UK has become the latest company to join the FIA Vanguard Group.

Phillip Mills, founder and CEO of Les Mills International, has announced an exciting tour to meet with club owners and senior managers across the UK. The ‘Future of Fitness’ road show celebrates the launch of Les Mills UK and is supported by the FIA (Fitness Industry Association).

FIA

2. An hour of tai chi twice a week helps people with Parkinson’s disease to walk
Daily Mail

People with Parkinson’s disease often suffer from shaking limbs and stiff muscles, which makes moving increasingly difficult. Now scientists have found practising an ancient Chinese martial art could help both their balance and ability to walk.

Daily Mail

3. One in five men have DNA that puts them at greater risk of a heart attack: research
The Telegraph

One in five men has changes in their DNA that increase the risk of heart disease which may explain why they are more likely to have a heart attack than women, a study has found.

The Telegraph

4. Stick to comedy, Jimmy: Michelle Obama beats late night comedian in fitness challenge
The Telegraph

Mrs Obama has been making the talk-show rounds to celebrate the second anniversary of her campaign against childhood obesity.

The Telegraph

5. More evidence big football players face heart risks
Reuters

Pro football players may generally enjoy a longer-than-average lifespan – but the biggest players may be more likely than others to die of heart disease, a U.S. study suggests.

Reuters

6. South Shields mum’s journey to happiness through exercise
The Journal

When Andrea Pearce found herself in a downward spiral after her best friend’s death, exercise became a lifeline. She talks to Kim Carmichael in the second of a two-part series on how getting fit can banish the blues

The Journal

7. Physical Activity Yields Feelings of Excitement, Enthusiasm
Science Daily

People who are more physically active report greater levels of excitement and enthusiasm than people who are less physically active, according to Penn State researchers.

Science Daily

8. Universities of Leicester and Cambridge spearhead one of UK’s biggest diabetes prevention programmes
In Loughborough

A group of University of Leicester researchers has received a £1.9 million grant to undertake one of the largest scale diabetes prevention programmes in the UK. The study, called the Prevention of Diabetes Through Physical Activity Education With Different Levels of Ongoing Support, aims to provide information to the NHS to help reduce the number of people who develop type 2 diabetes in the future.

In Loughborough

9. Responsibility Deal Retail Partners Launch Campaign On Alcohol Units For Consumers
EGov Monitor

As part of their commitment to the Department of Health’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, retailers have today launched a national campaign to raise consumer understanding about the number of alcohol units in their drinks.

EGov Monitor

Health & fitness in the news – 08/02/2012

1. FIA & Matrix Flame 2012 Awards: Outstanding Performance categories open
FIA

David Stalker, CEO, FIA said: “These award categories recognise the leaders of our industry, at all levels, celebrating and rewarding those who make a profound contribution.”

FIA

2. Can yoga classes kill you? The startling question posed by a leading science writer
Daily Mail

On yesterday’s Today programme on Radio 4, New York Times science writer William Broad, the author of a controversial new book, The Science Of Yoga: The Risks And Rewards, asked whether yoga – when taught incorrectly – might actually have the potential to kill.

Daily Mail

3. The bridal fitness challenge: week 1
Daily Telegraph

Bride-to-be and utter foodie Emma Barnett has decided to finally get fit for her big day. In the first of a new six-week series, she begins the ‘Body Plan’ fat-burning programme.

Daily Telegraph

4. London children will train with top US athletes
Evening Standard

Schoolchildren from Tower Hamlets will train with top US athletes at the American team’s high-security training base as part of an Olympics legacy deal.

Evening Standard

5. Over 30,000 new youngsters playing sport thanks to Olympic legacy drive
Fitpro News

Over 30,000 young people have been inspired to do sport in their own time in the first six months of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative.

Fitpro News

6. Green space the size of tennis court for every Scot
The Scotsman

“Surveys show that experiencing green space and just looking at it reduces our levels of stress, and improves our well-being, which is vital at the moment. It also shows that people who live near it have higher levels of physical activity, which is good for tackling obesity and also longer-term health problems such as heart disease.”

The Scotsman

7. Legal ruling could see introduction of airline ‘fat tax’
Daily Telegraph

A court ruling could pave the way for the introduction of a “fat tax” for obese fliers, a leading barrister has claimed.

Daily Telegraph

Health & fitness in the news – 07/02/2012

1. Fitness and “fatness” both matter to the heart
Reuters

Losing fitness or packing on fat with age each can be bad for the heart – but avoiding either one of those fates may protect the ticker, a study published Monday suggests.

Reuters

2. Change4Life tackles sensible drinking mission
Marketing Week

The Department of Health has launched its first Change4Life ad focused solely on encouraging sensible alcohol consumption.

Marketing Week

3. Women with diabetes warned to take precautions when having a baby
The Guardian

Women who have diabetes are almost four times more likely to have a baby with a birth defect, research reveals.

The Guardian

4. Tempted by that doughnut? How telling yourself ‘I’ll eat it later’ will prevent you from overindulging
Daily Mail

Portuguese scientists have found that postponing an unhealthy pleasure – like a bowl of M&Ms – is a way to build up self-control.

Daily Mail

5. In hot demand: The pants that help you lose weight
Evening Standard

Dessislava Bell came up with the idea of weight-loss exercise shorts while wrapping her thighs in cling film before working out.

Evening Standard

Health & fitness in the news – 06/01/2012

1. Don’t suffer death by armchair: A warning to the over-70s as experts say too many decide their exercising days are over
Daily Mail

Dr Baxter says it is vital to keep the mind active too. Social isolation is one of the most significant reasons for the high rate of depression in older people. ‘An active social life can often be linked with exercise – at special fitness classes for this age group, for example.’

Daily Mail

2. Gym-Maniacs: Health and Fitness is Not All About the ‘Burn’
Huffington Post

Going hell for leather, be it on treadmills or in spin classes etc, is never a good idea. All exercise and health regimes should be approached with a good sense of pace and of course, consistency. That’s what creates real, long-lasting results and best of all, re-trains bad habits.

Huffington Post

3. Crawl like a bear, boy – a fitness break on the Isle of Wight
The Guardian

Our writer puts himself in the hands of a superfit instructor to see if he can hack the ‘outdoor gym’ on the Isle of Wight.

The Guardian

4. Cancer cases to rise 30% over poor lifestyle
Daily Express

Cancer cases in Britain are set to soar by 30 per cent in the next 20 years unless more people make simple lifestyle changes, a report warned yesterday.

Daily Express

5. Exercise helps County Durham mum in battle against depression
The Journal

When Michelle Holmes had a nervous breakdown, regular exercise became a lifeline on her road to recovery. The County Durham mum-of-two talks to Karen Wilson in the first of a two-part series on how exercise can help alleviate depression.

The Journal

6. GLL given first Quest Plus excellent score
Fitpro News

Quest Plus have awarded their first excellent rating to a health and fitness centre in the UK.

Fitpro News