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