Top 10 posts of the year so far

12 August 2011, 09:45

Human Kinetics Logo As August  kicks in and we fall between academic terms what better time to reflect on what has happened over the past year and tell you, our fantastic readers, which posts have been the most popular and also let you catch up on some stories and topics you may have missed.

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FitNews November 2008

14 November 2008, 09:59

 

Dear Colleague,

In this issue of Fit News we review two very different new titles from Human Kinetics.

The Outdoor Athlete is intended for those hardy souls who continue to practice their outdoor pursuits year round and appear to welcome the challenge posed by Winter conditions.

I Golf, therefore I am Nuts…. is a tongue in cheek look at the world of golf. This altogether more sedate activity is fraught with equally challenging elements, most of which seem largely self inflicted if this hugely entertaining book is to be believed.

We also take our regular look at relevant issues concerned with fitness and would welcome contributions from you either in the form of articles or comments.

Dates your Diary is an opportunity for you to publicise your event, whether it is a conference, exhibition, landmark anniversary etc. Just send us details and we will do our best to include them not just in Fit News but also in our other online newsletters.

In FitNews this month…

  • Featured product
  • £350m skiing resort gets go-ahead from ministers
  • Scientists find secret of perfect golf swing
  • A look at the lighter side of Golf
  • Gobbling food ‘doubles the chances of being overweight’
  • Fitness industry professionals to have their say
  • Dates for your Diary 

  • Featured product
    Outdoor activities such as Mountain Biking, Skiing and Climbing burn calories and build fitness all year round and the onset of Winter only serves to heighten the challenge.Wilderness fitness trainer Doug Schurman, believes outdoor enthusiasts should maximize performance, enjoyment and safety by undertaking a specific training regime tailored to meet the differing demands of their favourite pursuits.

    He and his wife, Courtenay, have teamed up to produce The Outdoor Athlete in order to provide just such training advice across a wide range of sporting activities.

    According to Doug Schurman strength training, so often overlooked in favour of endurance training, provides the basis for the safe pursuit of challenging outdoor activities.

    “Strength training is crucial to success in outdoor pursuits because appropriate training gives you power, strength, force and the ability to withstand both the predictable and unforeseen challenges,”

    He maintains “It also helps the body adapt to overload to prevent injuries, provides muscle balance, improves performance and enhances body composition.”

    Strength training gets the outdoor enthusiast ready for any and all overloads that might happen during their activities.
    Starting into an outdoor activity too quickly without allowing enough time to adapt to overload, leaves athletes susceptible to injury from trying to absorb stresses that are too great.

    Strength training also significantly improves performance with both outdoor and everyday activity.
    For example a trail runner with fantastic cardio- respiratory endurance might feel well prepared to tackle a challenging backpacking trip. However until he gets his legs used to moving uphill over uneven terrain with added weight, he might struggle with even a relatively short hike.

    It also enhances body composition by increasing lean muscle mass and improving calorie-burning metabolic functions.
    Instead of relying on the time on the watch or number on the scale, athletes should pay attention to what their body is saying about energy levels, task performance and a change in clothing size or inches lost.

    The Outdoor Athlete offers workouts and programmes for 17 activities, including hiking, trail running, rock climbing, off-road biking and skiing.

    The book also includes nutritional considerations for each activity and information on environmental factors affecting participation and training.

    View an extract from the book


    PRICE: £10.99 (14.85 Euros)

    Read more about the book…

    £350m skiing resort gets go-ahead from ministers

    SnoOasis

    Following long awaited government final approval, the UK is to get the world’s first indoor winter sports resort. Work will now commence on the 350 acre, £350 million SnOasis development sited in a disused quarry near Ipswich, Suffolk.

    As well as housing Europe’s largest indoor ski slope, SnOasis has been specifically designed to become the country’s first centre of excellence for winter sports athletes.

    Fourteen different sports disciplines will be brought together and provided with training facilities to match, if not surpass, the best in the world.

    In addition to boasting the largest indoor ski slope in Europe, the UK’s only 400 metre ice skating track, cross country skiing circuit, dedicated rollerblading track and 100 metre long bobsleigh push start, it will offer a range of other activities designed to match the needs of the entire family.

    These will include a 100 metre long nursery slope, luge run, 16 metre high ice climbing wall, bobsleigh fun ride, leisure ice rink, swimming pool, fitness gym, rock climbing wall, rowing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, fishing and a host of other fun activities in the dedicated entertainment dome.

    Locally, a package of benefits costing £29 million will be put in place covering a wide range of projects including a new main line Railway Station linking to London Liverpool Street, a 50 acre ecological mitigation area, cycle tracks, the planting of 130,000 trees, plus an array of skills and training initiatives.

    By being deemed a ‘Super Site’ by the construction industry means this aspect alone will make it of international importance.

    Yet, despite the massive size of the project, it will still manage to generate 75% of its energy from low carbon and renewable technologies which puts it at the forefront of construction development – a fact which no doubt will be closely monitored by governments and developers around the world.

    The project is due for completion in 2011 when the new facility is expected to attract up to 650,000 visitors a year and create 3,500 jobs.


    Scientists find secret of perfect golf swing

    Tiger Woods


    Scientists believe they may have finally found the answer to the perfect golf swing. The key apparently is knowing at exactly what stage of the swing you should exert the maximum force. Use too much strength too early or too late and the aspiring golfer will see their handicap stubbornly linger in double figures. .

    Tiger Woods, who has won 87 tournaments in his 12- year career, is viewed by many commentators as the golfer with the most perfect swing. Using a complex mathematical equation, Professor Robin Sharp from the Department of Mechanical, Medical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey, has calculated which parts of the upper body should be used at what stage.

    Breaking with conventional thinking, his study suggests that the wrists are not as important as the way a golfer uses their arms. His research also concludes that height is not as advantageous as previously thought, with short people able to hit a ball almost as far as their taller competitors if they use the right technique.

    Previous studies have either suggested that maximum power should be used from the start of the backswing, or that a golfer builds up the power throughout the swing, using full force by the time they strike the ball. This latest study, however, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, suggests increasing the power of rotation – known as the torque – to a maximum shortly after starting the swing and maintaining this force until hitting the ball.

    Professor Sharp said: “Generating too much arm speed too soon causes an early release, with the club-head reaching its maximum speed before it arrives at the ball. “The optimal strategy consists of hitting first with the shoulders while holding back with arms and wrists and after some delay, hitting through with the arms. “At release, the timing of which depends on the combination of shoulder and arm actions employed, the wrists should hit through. “In the expert swings studied, control of the arms and not the wrists appears to be the priority.” Knowing exactly how long that “delay” should last is the crucial factor.

    Professor Sharp said under the model, being tall was not a huge advantage. “Dimensional reasoning shows that dramatic differences in performance between large and small players should not be expected on the basis of size alone,” he said. “A 21 per cent bigger player can be expected to have just a 10 per cent advantage in club-head speed.”

    Source: The Daily Telegraph

    Read the full article


    A look at the lighter side of Golf

    Fat of the land


    Finally, a book that delves into the warped and obsessive mind of today’s golfer. Whether your idea of golf is an occasional round with fellow duffers at the local municipal course or frequent forays to far- flung places in search of the perfect round, you’ll identify with this book like no other.

    Popular golf humorist George Fuller will have you laughing out loud as he makes light of the idiosyncrasies of otherwise sane people who are addicted to this holy, wholly frustrating game.

    Golfers of all ages and abilities can relate to the familiar situations described in the book and if they haven’t yet experienced all of them personally, they will do eventually.

    If your eyes light up every time you read about a new driver or putter, you receive Christmas cards from greenkeepers, you possess a collection of sweaters that would make Val Doonican blush or your children address you as ‘who are you’ then I Golf, Therefore I Am-Nuts! is for you.
    Read an excerpt

    “Congratulations! Every golfer should have this book and have a good old laugh! I love the style and laughed out loud on a flight as I was reading it. Everyone thought I was a lunatic! I love it!” Malcolm McDowell Actor and golf fanatic

    PRICE: £8.99 (12.15 Euros)

    Read more about the book


    Gobbling food ‘doubles the chances of being overweight’

    chewing


    As with many old wives tales it seems that that there is more than a grain of truth in the advice to chew each mouthful of food thirty times before swallowing. According to new research, eating quickly and until you feel full triples the likelihood of suffering weight problems.

    Nutritionists warn that eating meals too rapidly can fool the body into consuming more calories than it needs, because of the time it takes for feelings of fullness to travel from the stomach to the brain. Busy lifestyles and the growing trend to eat on the move or while concentrating on other things, such as television programmes, have been blamed for the growing obesity crisis.

    More than one quarter of British adults are now overweight or obese and that figure is predicted to grow dramatically over coming decades. Just under half of men, 46 per cent, and more than one third of women, 36 per cent, who took part in the study admitted that they ate meals quickly. The research also found that 51 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women said that they ate until they were full. Both factors independently raised the risk of becoming overweight to around twice that of people who ate slowly and finished before they felt full. Combined, they tripled the likelihood of becoming overweight. .

    The study, carried out by the University of Osaka, in Japan, and published on bmj.com, the website of the British Medical Journal, looked at more than 3,000 Japanese men and women, aged between 30 and 69, over the course of three years. Volunteers were asked to fill in a detailed questionnaire about their eating habits. Professor Hiroyasu Iso, who led the team which carried out the study, said that the combination of eating until full and eating quickly appeared to have a “supra-additive” effect on the chances of becoming overweight.

    Source: Daily Telegraph

    Read the full article


    Fitness industry professionals to have their say


    Industry professionals at all levels are called upon to have their say in a major consultation being commissioned by Skills Active in partnership with the Register of Exercise Professionals and the Fitness Industry Association..

    During 2008 the structures which underpin education and development in exercise and fitness have been under review. This has involved extensive industry research with employers and those who work in the sector.

    This review will impact on every part of the fitness industry from the content of qualifications to the industry career structure and employment practice.

    The proposals up for comment are relevant to every part of the fitness industry from the content of qualifications to the industry career structure and employment practice.

    The Review stage has now been completed and has resulted in a series of proposals industry professionals are now being given their chance to comment on them.
    These proposals cover three main areas:

    • Future Structure of the Register of Exercise Professionals
    • Qualifications in Health and Fitness
    • Continuing Professional Development

    This is you opportunity to make your views known and help shape the future of professional fitness in the UK
    You can comment on as many parts of this consultation as you wish

    The deadline for submission is Friday 28 November 2008.

    Find out more


    Dates for your Diary

    BHFNC 8th Annual Conference
    Opening Doors to an Active Life: How to engage inactive communities19th November, 2008 East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

    For more information

    International Coaching Conference
    Expert coaches – Expert Systems 18th – 20th November Twickenham Stadium, London

    Aimed at coaches working at the highest level in sport and system builders, working within components of the coaching system. A mixture of keynote speakers and workshops, including the formation of working groups, will make up the programme with plenty of opportunities to network with international colleagues and delegates from around the UK to share best practice and inform latest thinking.

    If you are attending the Conference, don’t forget to visit the Human Kinetics stand

    Further Information

    The NWHPAF’s Annual conference for 2008
    This year’s conference will focus on inspirational ideas, programmes, networks and partnerships and aims to stimulate information sharing, networking and learning.

    Thursday 27th November 2008 The Contemporary Urban Centre (CUC), Novas Scarman Building, 41 – 51 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS

    For more information go to www.nwhpaf.org.uk

    tenniscoachUK Annual Conference
    24th – 25th November Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire,

    Limited availability remains for this event which features top class speakers such as Brett Hobden, Steve Green, Mike Walker and Mark Cox.
    Coaches can attend both days as resident or non- resident and can also choose to attend just one of the two days.

    Further Information

    The Annual Newsletter of the British Heart Foundation
    This informative newsletter is now available for download

    Get the Newsletter

    If you have a conference, seminar or event that you feel might be of interest to other FitNews readers please let us know and we’ll try and include details.
     


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    FitNews October 2008

    17 October 2008, 09:32

     

    Dear Colleague,

    Welcome to the October Issue of FitNews.

    With the winter nights drawing in, the weather getting colder, the stock market plunging and unemployment soaring it’s a pity we can’t hibernate and wake up when it’s all over.

    To make it sound even worse, the human race has stopped evolving according to Professor Steve Jones, of University College London and this is as good as it gets!

    However he also said that in the not too distant future, all human beings will all be uniformly brown.
    If that’s so then no one will need to use sunbeds any more – so it’s not all bad news!

    But whatever your own particular sport or pastime, Autumn is a splendid time of the year to enjoy it.

    For instance there’s all those healthy and delicious seasonal foods to enjoy and as the weather cools there’s nothing better than getting out on a clear frosty morning and warming up with some form of vigorous exercise.

    You might even try your hand at cani-cross if being dragged across the countryside by a seemingly tireless animal is something that appeals.

    Personally I’ll stick to taking my dog for a brisk walk rather than the other way round.  

    In FitNews this month…

  • Featured product
  • Parents can learn too
  • A bona fido way to get fit
  • Squatters right
  • Surprising benefits in a recession
  • Doctors call for ban on sunbed use by under-18s
  • Dates for your Diary

  • Featured product
    Whether you are just starting out, have been competing for decades, or are returning to the game after an extended break, Playing Tennis After 50 will improve your play and enhance your experience both on and off the court.

    With tactics and techniques ranging from basic to advanced, you’ll learn to adapt court positioning and tweak shot selection for stellar singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Special features such as how-to- practice games and Stroke Doctor tips will correct common errors and improve skills while you play the game.Off the court, Playing Tennis After 50 will help you avoid aches and injury with stretching and strengthening exercises. Then double your pleasure with expert information on the latest equipment, tips on finding the right club and playing partner and ways to make tennis a lifelong activity!

    What the experts say
    “Playing Tennis After 50 shows not only why someone over 50 should play the game but also how to play and enjoy it with a different set of skills and awareness of weaknesses.”
    Stan Smith
    1972 World No. 1 Player of the Year
    Rated by Tennis magazine as one of the 40 greatest singles and doubles players of all time

    “Tennis is the perfect sport to help keep you young and fit after 50. In Playing Tennis After 50, Kathy and Ron share their experiences and knowledge to make tennis a rewarding and healthy activity.
    Pam Shriver
    1988 Olympic Women’s Doubles Gold Medalist

    “This book is a must-read for those 50 and over! The same instruction that helped us win Grand Slams, reach and maintain worldwide No. 1 rankings and win the Davis Cup championship is yours in Playing Tennis After 50. For those players who come together for camaraderie or competitiveness, this is sure to be a smash hit.”
    Bob and Mike Bryan
    No. 1 Team in the World in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007
    Five-Time ITF Doubles World Champions

    PRICE: £10.99 (14.85 Euros)
    Read more about the book…

    Parents can learn too

    It’s not just children who can learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle from this new publication, there is plenty in Physical Activity and Nutrition for Health for parents and carers as well.

    Many children and parents are struggling with weight issues as they never have before and as a consequence, face greater risks of developing type 2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, and heart disease. Children are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, social isolation, and decreased attendance at school.

    To combat this problem, many schools are turning to co-ordinated school health models to develop healthier students. And that’s where Physical Activity and Nutrition for Health comes in.

    Although developed primarily for schools to help promote fitness and nutrition among students and teachers, this book also contains nutrition services tools which help parents and carers to adopt the same regime at home.

    This package includes:

    • 60 developmentally appropriate, pilot-tested
      lessons for fitness and nutrition
    • CD-ROM with 124 reproducible items, including
      16 family activities, 45 worksheets, 6 transparencies,
      27 exercise cards, 24 food cards, and 6 station
      cards
    • Tools that offer practical ideas for building student
      health physically, emotionally, and cognitively
    • Details of activities suitable for the whole
      family.

    By integrating fitness and nutrition concepts as part of a healthy lifestyle everyone can improve in all areas of health-related fitness while establishing healthy living standards for the rest of their lives.

    PRICE: £21.00 (28.35 Euros)

    Read more about the book


    A bona fido way to get fit



    Cani-cross

    Why take your dog for a walk, when it can take you for a run? That’s the idea behind cani-cross, the name given to dog-powered cross-country running in which the owner – rather than his four-legged friend – is the one on the leash.

    Running behind your dog attached to a 10ft elasticated rope is certainly no walk in the park. Even in a nation of seven million dog-owners, surely only British eccentrics would take up the bizarre sport of cani-cross showcased at Crufts earlier this year for the first time in the competition’s 117-year history?

    But, Britain is entering its first squad of two- and four- legged athletes in next month’s European championships, a gathering of 500 runners from 11 countries being held in the Czech Republic.

    Eileen and Richard Cook co-founded CaniX, the organisation leading the British cani-cross team five years ago and what inspired them was Britain’s drift towards becoming a fat nation.

    However, our beloved canines offer the perfect excuse for us to get fit. Eileen says that cani-cross is essentially running with good company. When attached to a dog that’s straining at the harness, cani- crossers find themselves running at a faster rate than they would normally. “It’s a great way to keep fit and get your weight down,” she says. “If you want a fantastic training partner, your dog will never let you down. They are born to run.”

    The medical benefits of running are well-established. It not only promotes weight loss and is a good work- out for the heart, it also reduces stress levels, releases “feel good” chemicals into the body, and can improve bone strength which cuts the risk of osteoporosis. Running with a dog adds an element of surprise that can be beneficial to the body. An unstructured run that alternates from gentle jog to sprint – such as when your running buddy spots a cat in the distance – is more effective at fat-burning than maintaining a regular pace.
    For more information about cani-cross, visit www.canix.co.uk

    Source: The Daily Telegraph

    Read the full article


    Squatters right

    Squat


    Fitness instructors rate the squat as being among the best strengthening moves for the lower body, with one recent American survey of more than 36,000 gym trainers naming it as the most effective exercise for toning muscles and improving balance.

    Done properly, this flexing of the hips, knees and ankles will lengthen and strengthen the spine and simultaneously will work all the main muscles in the legs – including hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteal and calf muscles – as well as the trunk and lower back muscles that help to stabilise the body

    A less enviable accolade, though, is that the squat is often performed with appallingly bad technique. Among the most common errors is lowering the legs beyond a 90-degree angle, causing the bottom to stick out and the spine to tilt in the lumbar region, eventually leading to postural weakness.
    Arching the lower back so that the head and neck are crunched back can also cause tightening in every part of the body from the neck down. Studies have shown that badly executed squats can cause knee and back problems over time. “.

    Source: The Times


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    Surprising benefits in a recession



    Recession

    During the past ten years of boom, a group of American economists and psychologists has been trying to work out whether people really are better off in the in times of plenty.

    Their answer is that recessions (rather than booms or depressions) might actually be a blessing. People tend to drink less, smoke fewer cigarettes and lose weight. They enrol in higher education, the air is cleaner, the roads are less crowded.

    When times are good, research by Stanford University and the University of North Carolina shows that people of all classes tend not to take care of themselves and their families. The better off may have gym membership but all classes drink too much, eat more fat-laden food – either pre-packaged from supermarkets or in restaurants – and are more likely to neglect their families.

    In downturns, people have more time to visit their elderly relatives and are more likely to look after their children themselves rather than booking them into expensive after-school activities or crèches.

    Grant Miller, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford, says that in a boom people work longer, harder hours to take advantage of the conditions and are more stressed and less likely to do things that are good for them: “Cooking at home and exercising are seen as a waste of time.”

    But when wages drop, and jobs are scarce, the young feel that it makes more economic sense to prolong their education, and the elderly will retire earlier because there is less incentive to keep earning.

    So while there is no such thing as a good recession, it doesn’t have to cause unmitigated gloom and despondency.

    Source: The Times

    Doctors call for ban on sunbed use by under-18s



    Sunbed

    Children under 18 should be banned from using sunbeds, doctors said today following a major review into the link between sunbeds and skin cancer.

    They reviewed published research on the health effects of ultraviolet radiation and found clear evidence that using sunbeds or prolonged exposure to sunlight in childhood raises the risk of people developing skin cancer later in life. A ban on under 18s using sunbeds should be accompanied by a clampdown on advertising campaigns that claim they are safe to use, the doctors added.

    Writing in the journal Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research, doctors at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of New Mexico Cancer Centre conclude: “UV radiation exposure is one of the most avoidable causes of cancer risk and mortality in man. Whereas genetic and other factors undoubtedly contribute importantly to skin cancer risk, the role of UV is incontrovertible, and efforts to confuse the public, particularly for purposes of economic gain by the indoor tanning industry, should be vigorously combated for the public health.”

    The researchers also highlight studies that suggest skin only develops a tan as a direct response to DNA damage caused by ultraviolet radiation, implying there is no such thing as a “safe” tan.

    More than 150,000 children under 16 have used sunbeds in Britain, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by the consumer association Which? That is despite recently updated guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive to ban under 18s from using sunbeds, and a recommendation from the industry body, The Sunbed Association, that its members refuse to accept the custom of anyone under the age of 16.

    Earlier this year, Scottish MSPs voted to ban under 18s from using sunbeds, a move the Department of Health is considering under its ongoing Cancer Reform Strategy. According to Cancer Research UK, cases of skin cancer in the UK have nearly tripled since the 1980s, with women more likely to develop the disease than men.

    Source: The Guardian

    Dates for your Diary

    Heart Foundation Logo

    The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health are to further develop the Guidelines on Older People and Physical Activity.

    Invitation to Consultation events:
    Tuesday 28th October 2008 – Loughborough University Thursday 30th October – London

    There will be no charge for these events, but participants should ensure they have the support of managers and colleagues before committing to these events to assist in avoiding last minute withdrawals.
    Both events are timed for 10.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Numbers will be limited to 20 -25 for each event.

    For further information and to attend consultation events, please download

    BHFNC 8th Annual Conference Opening Doors to an Active Life: How to engage inactive communities

    19th November, 2008 East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham


    For more information

    NHPAF Logo

    The NWHPAF’s Annual conference for 2008
    This year’s conference will focus on inspirational ideas, programmes, networks and partnerships and aims to stimulate information sharing, networking and learning.

    Thursday 27th November 2008 The Contemporary Urban Centre (CUC), Novas Scarman Building, 41 – 51 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS

    For more information go to www.nwhpaf.org.uk

    If you have a conference, seminar or event that you feel might be of interest
    to other FitNews readers please let us know and we’ll try and include your details.

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    FitNews September 2008

    25 September 2008, 09:19

    Welcome to the September Issue of FitNews

    With School holidays a fading memory, many parents can now breath a sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that their offspring are in safe hands and off theirs. However, during the break, many families will have been inspired by the events in Beiijing to try a new sport or revive an old interest and having taken the plunge it would be shame not to continue, despite the prospect of Autumn and worsening weather – can it really get worse?

    Judging by some of the articles below, the road to fitness lies in being realistic in your ambitions, don’t overdo it and formulate a plan and stick to it.

    In FitNews this month…

    • Product of the Month
    • A Balanced Approach for the Elderly
    • How long will it last?
    • Schools told to cut down on competitive team sport
    • Stores still promoting junk food despite warnings on obesity
    • Planning to get fit
    • Skipping to Success

    Featured Product

    Guiding Yoga’s Light

    guiding Yogas Light
    This comprehensive new publication is intended to aid instructors wishing to go beyond the anatomical aspects of yoga and teach their students some of deeper concepts of yogic philosophy and offer insight into the integration of yogic teachings into everyday life.

    Guiding Yoga’s Light is made up of 74 easy-to-follow, succinct lesson plans offering instruction in hatha yoga, including asana, pranayama, the yamas and niyamas, the chakras, creating mindfulness and understanding emotions.

    The text also includes three new, teacher-requested chapters on Salutations in Motion, Lessons of the Heart Centre, and Relaxation. For convenient reference, teachers and students can also refer to the vocabulary of Sanskrit pronunciations included in the glossary.

    The text takes students and teachers on a journey through the various aspects of yoga to understand the foundations of hatha practice. Beginning with basics of breathing, Guiding Yoga’s Light progresses to the physical and spiritual philosophy of the asanas and salutations and ends with lessons to bring clarity, calmness and relaxation into daily life.

    The author, Nancy Gerstein has been a student of yoga for almost 30 years and is a certified hatha yoga teacher with the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Philosophy and Science. Ms. Gerstein is also a reiki master practitioner and yoga therapist.

    PRICE: £17.00 (22.95Euros)

    Read more about the book…

    A Balanced Approach for the Elderly

    ABLE Bodies Balance Training offers an activity- based programme to improve balance and mobility for both fit and frail older adults. This practical instructor’s guide provides more than 130 balance and mobility exercises that consider flexibility, strength and cardiorespiratory endurance.

    The exercises enhance the ability of older adults to maintain balance in completing their everyday tasks, thereby fostering increased self-confidence, reducing the occurrence of falls and improving quality of life.

    The text is based on ABLE Bodies techniques, which were proven effective in a randomised, controlled study. Results showed that ABLE Bodies training significantly improved balance, mobility, activity levels, gait speed, flexibility and strength for participants 70 years of age and older, living in retirement and assisted living facilities.

    ABLE Bodies Balance Training uses current research and a component-based approach to balance training. Instructors are encouraged to use activities covering all five components of the programme: flexibility, posture and core stability, strength, cardiorespiratory endurance and balance and mobility. The exercises and activities are easily implemented with the use of existing facilities and inexpensive equipment. They also encourage fun and social interaction, helping instructors to create and maintain an energised and positive environment that improves communication, motivation, and overall progress. The programme may be used in group or individual settings and can be customised according to level of experience of the individual Instructor.

    As a bonus, access to a dedicated ABLE Bodies Balance Training web site is included with the book. It offers 15 downloadable activity handouts that instructors can print out and distribute to patients or clients for use at home. It also offers downloadable printouts of all the balance training activities in the book – over 130 conceptual ideas and activities for instructors to choose from, either for planning their own sessions or for aiding their delivery of the 16- week session plan. Instructors can access the supplemental materials at www.HumanKinetics.com/ABLEBodies BalanceTraining

    PRICE: £29.00 (39.15Euros)

    Read more about the book…

    How long will it last?

    Have you noticed how, since the Olympics, the parks, pools and gyms have been packed with people huffing and puffing their way through new fitness activities? Even ordinarily niche velodromes have become oversubscribed. There’s no doubt about it: team GB’s unsurpassed medal success has inspired many into action.

    However, while charging into a new sport with all guns blazing is to be applauded, 40% of novices fall off their fitness wagon within the first year of taking them up, according to a Fitness Industry Association report.

    Professor Greg Whyte, from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University and author of Get Fit, Not Fat urges proceeding with caution. “People shouldn’t expect too much, too soon, or they lose motivation,” he says. “Bear in mind that the success of our Olympic athletes is the end product of years of sport-specific training. It takes time – not to mention hard work and commitment – to acquire new skills and undergo the necessary physiological adaptations required to perform at your peak. Be patient.’

    But whether they have weight loss, a 10km race or a stage of the Tour de France in their sights, the golden rule for people taking up a new sport is to go easy. “The commonest reason I see for people failing to maintain an exercise regime is that it is too challenging for their existing level of fitness,” says Whyte. Overly demanding fitness programmes are likely to end in failure for two main reasons. Firstly, you’re unlikely to stick to such a gruelling schedule, and even if you do hang in there for a while, you won’t enjoy it much. Worse still, you risk overdoing it, getting injured and rendering yourself out of action.

    Regular and consistent training is important, but that doesn’t mean you need to be hitting the gym, track or pool seven days a week. “Only increase the intensity and amount of time you spend training gradually,” advises Whyte. “In my experience, this is far more successful than attempting to go from inactivity to athlete overnight.” Whyte should know. He coached actor David Walliams to swim the English Channel back in 2006. “He could just about manage a mile when I first started coaching him, but by making small but steady increases in his training, he was able to swim over 25 miles just 33 weeks later.”

    Heeding all this advice will hopefully enable people to stick with their programme, and avoid the sports injury clinic. But if they do face a setback, or don’t see results as quickly as they had hoped, they shouldn’t lose heart. The Beijing podiums would have seen far fewer British athletes if they had all thrown in the towel at the first sign of adversity

    Source: The Guardian

    Schools told to cut down on competitive team sport

    School Association Football

    Schools should cut down on competitive team sport amid fears it is putting children off PE, say researchers from Loughborough University. They said an over-emphasis on team sport meant many pupils were “not developing healthy exercise habits”.

    To the dismay of many traditionalists, the researchers said many pupils risked being turned off physical education altogether by the current emphasis on football, rugby, hockey and netball. The focus on fitness and team games in many secondary schools is doing “little or nothing” to help curb the UK’s record teenage obesity rates. Instead schools should give children more opportunity to take part in solo exercise, such as aerobics, pilates, skipping and cross-country running, they stated.

    The report came just days after Gordon Brown pledged a further push on competitive sport, saying the anti-competition, “medals for all culture” seen in previous years had backfired. In an attempt to build on the heroics of Britain’s Olympic gold medal-winning squad, he insisted schools had to “correct the tragic mistake of reducing the competitive element in school sports”.

    The Government is preparing to increase the amount of compulsory sport at school, with the current minimum of two hours’ PE a week due to become five hours by 2012, the year of the London Olympics.

    Since the early 90s, schools have been required to teach pupils about health-related exercise as well as other physical activities such as team games, gymnastics and dance. Figures show that football remains the most popular sport among pupils, played at 98 per cent of schools, followed by athletics at 92 per cent, cricket at 89 per cent, netball at 81 per cent and hockey and rugby at 77 per cent.

    But Laura Ward, from Loughborough University’s School of Sport and Exercise Science, said too many PE teachers – particularly men – were still emphasising the importance of competitive team sports at the expense of more individual activities.

    Source: The Daily Telegraph

    Stores still promoting junk food despite warnings on obesity

    Tesco Store

    Supermarkets are undermining healthy eating by bombarding shoppers with cut-price offers for unhealthy food during the credit crunch, according to a report into the £90bn grocery market. The National Consumer Council found twice as many promotions for fatty and sugary foods as there were two years ago.

    Researchers checked stores operated by eight major grocers: Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, the Co- op, Somerfield, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose and found promotions for products high in sugar and fat outnumbered those for fresh produce by four to one.

    A total of 54 per cent of cut-price deals were for fatty and sugary foods, despite advice that these foods should make up 7 per cent of people’s diets – and despite promises by supermarkets that they would smarten up their act.

    The research for the Department of Health reported that despite a well-publicised campaign to tackle childhood obesity and produce a comprehensive picture of the problem, the results “may underestimate the true population prevalence of obesity and overweight at national, regional and local level”.

    Only 12 per cent of cut-price offers were for fruit and vegetables, when they should make up one-third of food consumed. Overall, there were 4,300 promotions, a rise of 17 per cent compared with the last NCC survey in 2006.

    “The volume of in-house promotions for fatty and sugary foods the supermarkets are all offering is staggering,” said Lucy Yates, the report’s author. “We expected to see evidence of big improvements since our last investigation, but we’ve been sadly disappointed. Despite their claims, the supermarkets all still have a long way to go to help customers choose and enjoy a healthier diet.”

    The British Retail Consortium, which represents the supermarkets, dismissed the report as “misleading” because the checks had been done in March, not July as in 2006. “Customers will have seen for themselves the current high-profile supermarket price war centred on fruit and vegetables,” he said. “Of course ‘treat’ foods are on offer at Easter. What matters is the balance of promotions across the year.”

    But in the report, Cut-price, what cost?, the NCC excluded all promotions for Easter eggs or Easter cakes to ensure Easter did not skew its figures. To check the overall health performance of supermarkets, it visited the eight chains in Sheffield, where they each have a store.

    Planning to get fit

    Gutenberg Marathon

    A German study of 30 adult novice runners preparing for the Gutenberg marathon in Mainz looked at how they conducted their training and what results they achieved in the race. It compared intention and behaviour and found that those who set out a clear training schedule achieved better results.

    In the months building up to the event they completed a questionaire about their training and in particular three aspects of their motivation: Action Planning – forming “concrete plans” about implementing their programme. Coping Planning – dealing with setbacks such as injuries or bad weather Action Control – checking that the training schedule was being adhered to Runners who made a detailed plan regarding their physical exercise were the ones who increased their mileage most over the course of the year.

    Dr Urte Scholz, of the Department of Psychology, Social and Health Psychology at the University of Zurich, who led the study, said individuals who were less diligent in drawing up and implementing a training plan fared worse than their more organised rivals.

    “The more unstable individuals were in their intentions, action planning, and action control over the 11 months, the less increase they reported in running over this time span,” he said. “Individuals with stable intentions show a higher increase in running associated with a lower fluctuation in running behaviour as compared with individuals with unstable intentions.”

    British Journal of Social Psychology

    Start Planning Now
    Human Kinetics has an excellent publication on the preparation of training plans for marathon running. Marathon Training – Second Edition by Joe K. Henderson presents three separate 100-day training programs to maximize your efforts. Use as you would a personal coach in order to motivate, inform, and inspire you through 91 days of marathon training and 9 days of post-race recovery..”
    Find out more

    Skipping to Success

    Heart Foundation Logo

    The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health is seeking to recruit a bank of casual staff (based across the UK) to deliver practical skipping workshops to teachers and youth leaders in schools across the UK. The work is on a casual basis predominately from early afternoon to early evening, mainly during school term times.

    Ideally, candidates should have, or be working towards, a teaching qualification in Physical Education or Fitness. They will also posess a good understanding of physical activity recommendations and the targets in schools to fulfil these recommendations. Excellent communication and presentation skills are a must as is an ability to travel throughout the UK as required so a full UK driving licence required. Under 21′s are unable to use hire cars and must therefore have their own vehicle. Full training will be provided, but the ability to skip is essential. Those thinking of applying are advised this post may be physically demanding.


    FitNews August 2008

    15 August 2008, 09:30
     

    Welcome to the August issue of FitNews.

    For busy parents, the school holidays can be a mixed blessing. After the initial high of ‘breaking-up’ kids often become lathargic and bored. Finding ways to keep them active and entertained isn’t easy. Asking them what they would like to do often illicits a shrug of the shoulders and a mumbled ‘dunno’. But more than any other time of year the holidays give you a chance to touch base.

    The kids aren’t alright

    This month we get closer to generation XXL by looking at some of the social, cultural and political factors affecting their lives.

    In FitNews this month…

  • Featured product
  • Fitness Swimming
  • Complete Conditioning for Swimming
  • The REAL health map of Britain: From the lowest life expectancy to the fattiest diet, how are you likely to fare?
  • Fat reports on children to be sent to parents
  • Children and healthy weight
  • Food fables
  • Healthy eating for kids on days out
  • Primary ‘free school meals’ call
  • Britain’s first live-in school for fat pupils
  • UK Strength and Conditioning Association Seminar Series
  •  

    Featured product
    Now in its third edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the most comprehensive reference available for strength and conditioning professionals. In this text, 30 expert contributors explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their applications to athletic performance.Developed by the NSCA Certification Commission, the certifying agency of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the most-preferred preparation text for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. The research- based approach, extensive exercise technique section and unbeatable accuracy of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning make it the text readers have come to rely on for CSCS exam preparation.The third edition presents the most current strength training and conditioning research and applications in a logical format designed for increased retention of key concepts. The text is organised into five sections. The first three sections provide a theoretical framework for application in section 4, the programme design portion of the book. The final section offers practical strategies for administration and management of strength and conditioning facilities.PRICE: £45.00 (67.50 Euros)Read more about the book…

     

     

    Fitness Swimming

    Want more from your workout? Whether you seek to improve your technique, trim your times, swim greater distances, or simply improve your fitness level, Fitness Swimming will help you achieve your goals, all in full-colour.

    Expert swim coach Emmett Hines has created 60 new workouts and 16 sample programmes, each arranged into suggested training zones to correspond to your fitness level and performance goals. Over a dozen cutting-edge technique drills help you progressively build an effective freestyle stroke. The text covers stretching, warm-up and cool-down methods, heart rate zone targets, expanded instruction for stroke efficacy, progressive drills, conditioning tips, and fitness assessments. Fitness Swimming has all the information you need to chart progress and maintain peak performance.

    “Emmett has done a great job of creating a resource for swimmers on the technique and conditioning fundamentals of the sport. No matter what level, the drills and workouts will help you become a better all-around swimmer.” Glenn Mills U.S. Olympic Swimmer and Founder of GoSwim.tv

    PRICE: £11.99 (17.99 Euros)

     

     

    Complete Conditioning for Swimming

    From more powerful strokes to quicker turns, propel yourself to improved times with Complete Conditioning for Swimming.

    This multidimensional training programme uses fitness assessments to tailor strength, endurance and flexibility exercises to each swimmer’s individual needs.

    Dave Salo, coach of Olympic medalists Lenny Krayzelburg, Aaron Peirsol, Amanda Beard, Jason Lezak and Scott A. Riewald, performance specialist for the U.S. Olympic Committee, have teamed up to create a comprehensive program that provides you with the following tools to improve your times:

    • Exercises and drills for each stroke
    • Event-based workouts and programmes
    • Dryland training
    • Tapering for peak performance
    • Year-round conditioning plans
    • Nutrition before, during and after swim meets.

    In addition, the 80-minute DVD takes you to the pool and into the gym to demonstrate the drills and exercises used by the sport’s elite. Complete Conditioning for Swimming is simply the best guide to preparing your body for competitive success.

     

     

    The REAL health map of Britain: From the lowest life expectancy to the fattiest diet, how are you likely to fare?

    Fat of the land

    Where we live really does have an impact on our health, as this unique map reveals.

    Drawn from a variety of sources, including the Healthcare Commission, the Office of National Statistics and charities such as the British Heart Foundation, it paints a fascinating real-life portrait of the health of the nation.

    Some of the findings are predictable – but others are highly surprising. For as this map shows, it’s not as simple as a North/South divide, with some areas in the South, where you’d expect people to be healthier, faring worse than other parts of the country.

    Here, Good Health reveals the healthiest, and unhealthiest, regions and towns in Britain.

    So how are you likely to fare?

    Form the Mail online

     

     

    Fat reports on children to be sent to parents

    Parents are to get school “fat reports” detailing their children’s weight as part of the fight against childhood obesity.

    Rules to be introduced at the start of the academic year in September will see the parents of all children aged between four and five, and 10 and 11 receive the reports, after Government-commissioned research suggested the weight problem among Britain’s children is worse than originally thought.

    The most recent figures available show that one in 10 children aged between four and five are obese and 13 per cent are overweight, with the figures rising to 17.5 per cent and 14.2 per cent by age 11.

    The research for the Department of Health reported that despite a well-publicised campaign to tackle childhood obesity and produce a comprehensive picture of the problem, the results “may underestimate the true population prevalence of obesity and overweight at national, regional and local level”.

    A Department of Health spokesman last night (SUN) said: “If you do not opt out and your child is measured at school you will automatically get feedback.”…

    Telegraph, July 27th 2008

     

     

    Children and healthy weight

    Your child’s weight matters, and there are things you can do if you are concerned about it. You can also calculate your child’s height and weight to see if they are in a healthy range.

    Why your child’s weight matters

    Children are getting heavier these days and that is bad news for their health, especially as they get older.

    Children who are overweight are more likely to develop diabetes or heart disease in later life and are more likely be obese as adults. But health is not the only issue. Overweight children could also be affected by:

    • teasing or bullying
    • low self-esteem
    • embarrassment when playing games or sports
    • difficulty in being active (for example, getting breathless quickly)

    Even if your child is not overweight or obese, it is important that they eat healthily and are physically active. The tips outlined on this page are relevant to all children, no matter what their weight is…

    Child height and weight calculator click here
    Adult height and weight calculator click here

    DirectGov website

    Read the whole story

     

     

    Food fables

    Pause for thought

    Leading food companies in the UK are still not doing enough to curb their marketing of less healthy food to children. While most now have impressive sounding policies on marketing to children, they still leave plenty of scope for less healthy promotions.

    Signs of improvement

    Some of the big food companies have stopped targeting young children, and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Weetabix stand out for taking a more responsible approach.

    At the end of 2007 eleven leading food companies pledged to ‘change food and beverage advertising on TV, print and internet to children under the age of 12 in the European Union’.

    However, this only covers younger children where they make up at least 50% of the audience, it doesn’t include all types of promotion and the criteria for distinguishing healthier and less healthier foods have yet to be published. Our review of individual company policies has shown some improvement in self- imposed restrictions on advertising and promotion to young children. However we think they fall short of what is needed to help improve children’s diets…

    If you’d like to find out more about what we found for each company, you can read the full report

    Which? Campaigns

     

     

    Healthy eating for kids on days out

    From a veggy hotpot to fruity jellies; what to pick from children’s menus at some of our leading tourist attractions


    Summer outings will do the whole family good only if you know that the castle, zoo or park has a decent café. Otherwise, unless you got up early to make sandwiches, you risk feeling resentful as you shell out on rubbishy kids’ food in a cafeteria.

    A survey published last month by Lacors, the body that regulates council services, found that most theme parks, wildlife parks, museums, leisure centres, heritage sites and farm parks offered children fatty, salty and sugary food. Not one of the 397 meals for seven to ten-year-olds tested by environmental health officers and trading standards officers at 220 attractions met the nutritional guidelines for schools.

    The average children’s meal surveyed had 44 per cent more salt than the maximum 1.2g recommended by the School Food Trust, which oversees school dinners.

    A few sights, including National Trust properties, offer decent food for all ages. Elsewhere, even when salt- free nuggets are made from free-range chicken breast and ices are the creamiest of the local crop, children’s meals may not include vegetables…

    The Times, July 26 2008

     

     

    Primary ‘free school meals’ call

    Ministers are being urged to offer free school meals to all primary school pupils in England.

    Currently, free meals are only offered to children from poorer families.

    But Labour-affiliated unions want the means test to be removed, so that all primary school children can receive a free healthy canteen lunch.

    A Department for Children, Schools and Families spokesman said it was looking at the results of a free meals pilot in Hull, but had no plans to extend it.

    Delegates at Labour’s National Policy Forum in Warwick are understood to have tabled an amendment calling for the change.

    They hope it will boost the number of pupils taking the meals, which are now subject to strict nutritional guidelines…

    BBC News, 25 July 2008

     

     

    Britain’s first live-in school for fat pupils

    Overweight children will learn dieting tips as well as the three Rs at a new private boarding facility

    Britain’s finest boarding school exclusively for overweight and obese teenagers is to open in the Lake District. It will take children aged 11 to 18 who are at least 9kg (20lb) too heavy and have had diet problems for more than a year.

    As well as being taught the national curriculum, pupils will learn food science and weight management. They will be encouraged to take part in intensive physical activity and consume just 1,500 calories and 12g of fat per day.

    The school will open in three years and will be run by the American company Wellspring Academies. Founded in 2002, Wellspring already runs two specialist boarding schools in the United States, attended by 20 British pupils.

    If the Lake District school is successful, there are plans to open more across Britain. Wellspring UK, the organisation’s British arm, already runs ‘fat camps’ at Lake Windermere for overweight and obese teenagers…

    The Observer, July 27 2008

     

     

    UK Strength and Conditioning Association Seminar Series

    Strength and Conditioning logo

    The UK Strength and Conditioning Association Seminar Series – 23 September 2008 in association with Sports Development Week at NEC Birmingham.

    Want to know the training secrets of the UK’s leading athletes? Learn from UK’s leading experts in this 3 hour seminar.

    For the second year running, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association will be presenting at LIW with three of the country’s leading experts in Strength and Conditioning. Both sessions last for three hours covering the key aspects of Strength and Conditioning with the option of attending a one hour practical demonstration at lunch time in the main arena.

    The morning session begins at 10.00 and runs until 13.00 and is repeated in an afternoon session from 14.00 to 17.00. The practical demonstration takes place in the hour between the morning and afternoon sessions.

    The programme is geared specifically for those looking to move into Strength & Conditioning. In particular:

    • personal trainers and fitness professionals
    • sports science/related degree students/recent graduates
    • sports specific coaches
    • related professions such as physiotherapy, sports massage, sports therapy

    It is essential to reserve your place for the session you want. Attendance costs £25 for UKSCA members, £40 for non-members. Book early, as last year’s event sold out in 3 weeks!

    For more information on the UKSCA please visit http://www.uksca.org.uk.

     

     


    FitNews July 08

    18 July 2008, 11:35

    Welcome to the July issue of FitNews.

    Nourishment comes in all shapes and sizes; here at Humankinetics we bring you the freshest food for thought. Our specialities this month include trans fats and the latest ‘superfood’ poised to sweep the nation. Plus why ‘five-a-day’ is off the menu. Enjoy.

    In FitNews this month… 

  • Help children bounce their way to fun and fitness
  • Paddle your way through the great outdoors
  • Human Kinetics 2008 Fitness catalogue
  • Governor urged to terminate ‘dangerous’ fatty food
  • Fruit with six times the vitamin C of an orange heading for UK supermarkets
  • 5-A-Day fruit bid falls flat
  • How to think yourself better
  • Help children bounce their way to fun and fitness
    The benefits of using stability balls are well documented. They are particularly useful for exercising the core abdominal and back muscles and for helping balance. Stability balls have been widely used in physical therapy and adult fitness, but few realise that they are also a great resource for those who work with children.In Having a Ball: Stability Ball Games author John Byl explains how to get kids bouncing, laughing, moving and having great fun – all as they improve their fitness skills. Having a Ball features

    • 73 stability ball games, with variations, that teach balance and co-ordination;
    • A great variety of challenges, races, relays and team games for all participants;
    • A game finder that helps you quickly find the right activity for your group; and
    • Games that work for youths in fitness centres and schools.

     

    The book incorporates several different games into its seven chapters. There are games for partners, individuals or groups, including chase games, games for larger groups and activities that pit two teams against each other.

    Whether you’re using these games in a fitness centre, youth club or school, you can be sure everyone involved will be having a ball!

    PRICE: £11.00 (14.85 Euros)

    Read more about the book…

    Paddle your way through the great outdoors

    It is not hard to see why canoeing is one of the fastest- growing outdoor activities. The popular recreational sport leads you on water trails to explore new places and experience exciting adventures, allowing you to socialise with friends and family, whilst enjoying numerous fitness benefits and relaxing in the great outdoors.

    Learning to canoe could not be easier with Canoeing, the special book and DVD package part of the Outdoor Adventures series. Canoeing not only provides you with the basic skills and knowledge you need to safely head out for adventures on a variety of water trails but also presents a strong foundational understanding of this recreational activity. Canoeing is written in association with the American Canoe Association (ACA), and expert instructors provide you with:

    • Indispensable advice on gear and equipment selection, food and nutrition, fitness, water trail etiquette and safety and survival skills;
    • Step-by-step instruction of fundamental paddling skills and techniques;
    • Informative consumer, technique and safety tips; and
    • Web-based resources to help you plan trips throughout the world.

    The additional Quickstart Your Canoe DVD guides you through an introduction to paddle sports and basic safety and paddling techniques, so you can enjoy a safe boating experience.

    Use Canoeing to get all the insider tips you will need to enjoy canoeing and have a successful adventure, while developing your skills to challenge yourself for more exciting adventures in the future.

    PRICE: £13.00 (20.99 Euros)

     

     

    Human Kinetics 2008 Fitness catalogue

    2008 catalogue cover

    New and available direct to you, this year’s Human Kinetics fitness catalogue has all the most up- to-date information about all our products. Easily downloadable in PDF format and absoluteely free, it’s your essential guide to a world of fitness.

     

     

    Governor urged to terminate ‘dangerous’ fatty food

    The future of fat

    First cigarettes, now flaky pastry: Arnold Schwarzenegger is being asked to train his sights on another health hazard by outlawing the use of trans fats from all restaurants in California.

    There is rising concern that trans fats – a key ingredient in food such as margarine, biscuits, crisps and other snacks – poses a public health crisis on the scale of smoking.

    Although there is a general scientific consensus that trans fats clogs arteries, other less conclusive studies have claimed links between the ingredient and cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver dysfunction and infertility.

    If the California Governor signs off a law to ban trans fats, it could result in the ingredient disappearing from all American food…

    The Times, July 16th 2008

    Arnold Schwazenegger provides the foreward for ACSM Fitness Book-3rd Edition, our bestselling comprehensive plan for developing a personal fitness program and sticking with it. Find out more here

     

     

    Fruit with six times the vitamin C of an orange heading for UK supermarkets


    It is one of the strangest fruits under the sun and has been revered in Africa for thousands of years.

    The fruit, which from the outside looks like a coconut, contains six times more vitamin C than oranges and twice as much calcium as milk.

    In its native Africa, it has provided health benefits for generations.

    The pulp, which is white, powdery and has a cheese- like texture, is extremely nutritious and high in anti- oxidants, iron and potassium.

    The baobab (or upside-down tree, as it is also known) is cherished by locals who believe that its spirit protects villages. Only specially trained climbers are allowed to scale the branches to retrieve the fruit. Once the hard outer shell has been broken the flesh can be eaten straight away, although it has a slightly sour flavour…

    Daily Mail, July 15th 2008

     

     

    5-A-Day fruit bid falls flat

    Just one in eight people is eating the recommended five portions of fruit and veg each day.

    Despite growing awareness of the Government’s recommendations for a healthy diet, the message is still not getting across.

    A report, from a study commissioned by the Fresh Produce Consortium in 2006, said most people eat just half the amount of fruit and vegetables they should.

    Only 12 per cent eat five-a-day.

    Although this is a slight increase on the previous year’s 11.3 percent, most people eat just 2.5 portions on average.

    In 2005, most people were eating just 2.4 portions.

    The consortium warns that at this rate it could take another 25 years before everybody reaches the five-a- day target…

    Daily Express, July 14th 2008

     

     

    How to think yourself better

    Pause for thought

    Positive thinking can help ease pain, improve fitness and prevent illness. Anastasia Stephens explains how to harness the power of your mind

    ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
    A new Australian study suggests that the faster speed that athletes achieve when taking performance- enhancing drugs is all in the mind. The study compared athletes on growth hormones with those given a placebo. Those taking the dummy pills sprinted faster, jumped higher and were able to lift heavier weights than those taking the hormones. The results imply that if you think you will perform better, you really will. That’s not news to many professional athletes who for years have used creative visualisation to boost performance. “If you visualise being stronger, running faster or winning, you are priming your nervous system to do just that,” says Dr Aimee Kimball, the director of mental training in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. “Studies have found that the method can enhance physical performance significantly, sometimes by 20 per cent or more.”

    What to do: Visualise your forthcoming race or match. See yourself win with ease, confidence and coordination, in as much detail as possible. Feel the appropriate emotions as you play and win, and get a sense that you really “know” you can do it…

    The Independent, July 8th 2008

    Human Kinetics has a wide range of titles on the fascinating subject of sports psychology. One of our most most popular titles can be found
    here

     

     

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    FitNews from humankinetics.com June 2008

    13 June 2008, 08:33

    Welcome to the June issue of FitNews.

    This month we’re proud to announce the new edition of the hugely popular book Back Stability, as well as news on diabetes and push-ups.

    In FitNews this month…

  • Achieve peak performance in triathlon
  • Alleviate the pain of modern life with the definitive guide to back care
  • New careers guide from BASES and Human Kinetics
  • Improved diet and exercise ‘can prevent or delay diabetes’
  • Fitness: push-ups for power
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    Achieve peak performance in triathlon
    Multi-sport athletic events, such as triathlon and duathlon, have become one of the fastest-growing categories of sport in the world. Competitors are drawn to the opportunity to challenge themselves both physically and mentally, and to do something different with their lives. Championship Triathlon Training is about achieving peak performance in triathlon and duathlon, whatever your age, goal or event.Several training elements are necessary for success in multi-sport racing at any level: mental preparation, training for technique and training for strength, speed and endurance. All of these elements are covered in the fantastic Championship Triathlon Training.Throughout the book you will also discover a set of principles to guide your training process and by understanding the science behind the principles, you will incorporate physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and injury prevention into your regime to address your specific needs and the demands of competition. Specifically, you will learn to:

    • Use weight training, plyometrics and core development to accelerate skill development in all phases of swimming, running and cycling.
    • Apply metabolic training to improve endurance and race speed.
    • Combine sport-specific skills, such as mounting and dismounting, with metabolic training to improve transition times between phases.
    • Develop more efficient movement patterns for increased performance potential and reduced injury.
    • Assess health and physical status to avoid overtraining.

     

    Complete with sample programmes for each triathlon distance, technique analysis, training and race- specific nutrition strategies, along with tips for motivation, focus and goal setting, Championship Triathlon Training will optimise training and maximise results for any athlete.

    PRICE: £ 11.99 (17.99 Euros) Read more about the book…

     

     

     

    Alleviate the pain of modern life with the definitive guide to back care

    As a result of modern living, prolonged sitting and poor posture mean that back pain is now a common problem that most people will experience at some time in their life. Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy, Second Edition, addresses this modern day malady by combining research from around the world in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and motor skill training, to bring you the definitive guide to back care.

    Author Christopher Norris is a physiotherapist, exercise professional and has been a teacher for more than 30 years. In this fantastic book he shares his practical knowledge to help you recognise and assess inappropriate movement patterns – whether caused by injury or simple day-to-day activity – and use a process of clinical decision making, to determine which exercises to use in developing effective back care programmes for clients and patients.

    This updated second edition, which features a further 33 new exercises as well as larger text and photography to make it even more accessible, is more than just another sequence of back exercises. It provides a theoretical foundation that will guide you in selecting the most effective exercises for each client to integrate them into a complete programme and offer the best possible care in back health.

    PRICE: £27.50 (41.25 Euros)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    New careers guide from BASES and Human Kinetics

    BASES 2008 Career Guide web

    The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) have published a new and fully updated edition of A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Sciences. The free, downloadable guide for prospective and current sport and exercise science students has been written in association with Human Kinetics, the leading information provider in the physical activity field.

    BASES are the recognised UK professional body for promoting sport and exercise sciences in the UK. Founded in 1984, BASES represent sport and exercise sciences nationally and internationally. With sport and exercise science fast becoming one of the most popular subjects to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, this careers guide has been created to help students shape their future career paths, with information on the following:

    • Important points to consider when choosing a sport and exercise science course at both school, college, undergraduate and postgraduate level,
    • Funding for postgraduate courses,
    • Common career paths that sport and exercise science graduates may follow,
    • Information on how to find a job,
    • A realistic overview of each of the careers, and
    • Profiles written by graduates to give an insight into what students need to know in order to get their dream job.

     

    Complete with useful websites and practical information, this easy-to-read guide will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about careers in sport and exercise science, helping students on the journey to achieving their ideal job.

    The BASES A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Sciences is free to download from the BASES website www.bases.org.uk/newsite/studentcareers.asp

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Improved diet and exercise ‘can prevent or delay diabetes’
    Drinking less alcohol, eating more vegetables and exercising can delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes, according to scientists.Diet and exercise reduced the incidence of diabetes by about 43 per cent over 20 years among 577 high- risk Chinese adults, the researchers reported in the journal Lancet.At the end of the 20 years, 80 per cent of those who changed what they ate and exercised more had diabetes, compared with 93 per cent who made no changes, said Guangwei Li of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing and Ping Zhang at the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.The findings came as part of a series of studies addressing new research about diabetes, which affects 246 million adults worldwide, and accounts for six per cent of all global deaths.Daily Mail 23rd May 2008

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fitness: push-ups for power

    Power training can involve regular sessions on the weight bench, but there’s a more efficient way to build body strength.

    What is the perfect exercise? If it exists, nothing comes closer than the push-up, considered the ultimate measure of fitness by many experts – and one that the American College of Sports Medicine suggests should replace more namby-pamby exercises.

    There are many variations – the one-handed push-up for the supremely athletic, for instance – but the basic principle remains the same: 1. Balance on your toes and hands, pressing your palms into the floor and keeping your hands just wider than shoulder-width apart.
    2. Straighten your back and legs so that your body remains in a “plank” position. 3. Breathe in and lower your torso to the floor by bending your elbows to 90 degrees.
    4. Engage (tense) your abdominal muscles to help to keep legs straight.
    5. Breathe out and push back up to the starting position.

    Why the popularity of the push-up has endured becomes clear when you learn how many muscles it tests – those in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs – with each repetition.

    Researchers in one US trial showed that, on average, 66.4 per cent of total bodyweight is lifted with each push-up. So if you weigh 70kg you are heaving a mighty 43kg – far more than you would on a bench- press machine.

    For those who can’t manage a single press-up, the key is to start gently. You don’t even have to lie down, says Bridgitte Swales, lecturer in sport and exercise sciences at Roehampton University. Doing a push-up against a wall reduces pressure on the arms and upper back. “The closer to the wall you stand, the easier it gets,” Swales says.

    The Times June 2, 2008

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    FitNews May 08

    19 May 2008, 08:08

    Welcome to the May issue of FitNews.

    The recent weather has given us a lovely start to the summer months, encouraging us to get outside and exercise in the sunshine. Although this is the way many of us would prefer to stay active, if this summer turns out to be a washout like last year, don’t fret just head to the shopping centre and we don’t mean for the summer sales! ‘Mallercise’ is the lasest craze sweeping the states, and where they lead the UK follow. Power walking through undercover shopping arcades, burning calories and all with a little window shopping provides a far more attractive option to the gym any day! Read on for more on this story…

    This month we announce the new edition of the BASES career guide written in association with Human Kinetics. This fantastic guide gives all the necessary advice for those entering a career in sport and exercise science.

    In FitNews this month…

     

  • New career guide from BASES and Human Kinetics
  • Make the right food choices with the best-selling sports nutrition guide!
  • The Olympics: Politics and Protest
  • The London Massage Company Summer Skills Workshops
  • Forget the gym. Head for the shopping centre
  • Bosses asked to wage war on obesity crisis by mixing work with play
  • Gene sequence puts half of UK population at greater risk of obesity, researchers say
  • Lack of exercise puts cancer survivors at risk
  • Fat-but-fit is myth: Big women who exercise still have double risk of heart disease
  • Have they really invented a miracle pill that will let you eat as much as you want and STILL lose weight?
  • Fitness in the North Convention
  • Tecar Verona-Ghirada Team Sport Conference, From the Laboratory to the Field
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    New career guide from BASES and Human Kinetics

    BASES 2008 Career Guide web

    The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) have published a new and fully updated edition of their career guide, A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Sciences. The free, downloadable guide for prospective and current sport and exercise science students has been written in association with Human Kinetics, the leading information provider in the physical activity field.

    BASES are the recognised UK professional body for promoting sport and exercise sciences in the UK. Founded in 1984, BASES represent sport and exercise sciences nationally and internationally. With sport and exercise science fast becoming one of the most popular subjects to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, this career guide has been created to help students shape their future career paths, with information on the following:

    • Important points to consider when choosing a sport and exercise science course at both school and college and undergraduate and postgraduate level,
    • Funding for postgraduate courses,
    • Common career paths that sport and exercise science graduates may follow,
    • Information on how to find a job,
    • A realistic overview of each of the careers and;
    • Profiles written by graduates to give an insight into what students need to know in order to get their dream job.

     

    Complete with useful websites and practical information, this easy-to-read guide will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about careers in sport and exercise science, helping students on the journey to achieving their dream job.

    The BASES A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Sciences is free to download from the BASES website www.bases.org.uk/newsite/studentcareers.asp

    Make the right food choices with the best-selling sports nutrition guide!

    Boost your energy, manage stress, build muscle, lose fat and improve your performance with the excellent new fourth edition of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook! With over 500,000 copies sold, this book has become the all-time best-selling sports nutrition guide on the market.

    An internationally known specialist in sports dietetics, Clark offers sound nutritional advice for active people. This updated edition includes the latest sports nutrition research on hydration and fluid intake, vitamins, supplements, energy drinks, organic foods and the role of carbohydrate and protein during exercise, as well as information on the new food pyramid.

    Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook will assist you in making the right food choices in supermarkets, restaurants and your own kitchen. Whether preparing for competition or simply eating on the go, sport’s leading nutritionist will demonstrate how to get the maximum benefits from the foods you choose and the meals you make. You will also learn how to eat before exercise and events, as well as how to refuel afterwards for optimal recovery.

    Whether seeking advice on losing weight, getting energised to exercise, or improving health and performance, Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook has the answers you can trust.

    PRICE: £11.99 (17.99 Euros)

    The Olympics: Politics and Protest

    Leeds Metropolitan University’s Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education will be holding The Olympics: Politics and Protest, a conference which will take place at Leeds Met on 16th, 17th and 18th July 2008.

    On the evening of 16th July, there will be a Round Table Discussion on the Olympics chaired by Professor Franco Bianchini.

    On the 17th and 18th July, Keynote Speakers will present various talks. These include Professor John Horne from the University of Central Lancashire, presenting The Olympics: Power, Politics, Protest and Promotion and Professor Helen Lenskij from the University of Toronto, presenting Challenging Olympic Power and Propaganda.

    Sessions at the conference include, The Olympics ‘Race’ and identity, Paralympic Issues and The Olympics and the Media. The cost is £70 for two days and £40 for one day. There is a 50% discount for students and accommodation is also available.

    For more information, or to book onto the conference, please contact Anna Towers a.f.towers@leedsmet.ac.uk. The deadline for booking is 20th June 2008.

    The London Massage Company Summer Skills Workshops

    London Massage Company logo

    Advance or refresh your skills in sports massage with The London Massage Company’s Summer Skills Workshops, taking place in central London throughout June 2008.

    Thirteen workshops will run back-to-back, giving attendees the flexibility to choose one or two workshops, or intensify their learning with the whole set. With each workshop attendees will receive an interactive workbook, as well as an attendance certificate.

    Workshops will take place from 2nd – 20th June and include topics such as ‘Deep Tissue Techniques’, ‘Muscle Energy Technique’, ‘Soft Tissue Release’ and ‘Mechanical Massage’. The workshops are £100 a-day and many professional awarding bodies count one-day workshops as five continuing professional development (CPD) points.

    For a full breakdown of all workshops and further information on dates and location, visit www.thelondonmassagecompany.com

    Forget the gym. Head for the shopping centre

    Shopping Centre

    ‘Mallercise’ – power walking while window shopping – is a craze sweeping the US and catching on here. It’s free, safe and, because the weather’s not a problem, you can wear what you want.

    Shopping or the gym? If retail therapy comes top every time, then you might be the ideal candidate for mall- walking. It’s a fitness trend from the US that now seems to be catching on here. Losing pounds from your thighs, not your pocket, is the idea behind “mallercise”.

    It involves power-walking around shopping centres and marching up stairs and escalators while simultaneously doing a spot of window-shopping. So popular have such sessions become in the US and Canada that manufacturers now market special “mall- walker” shoes “to give extra traction for smoother, slicker mall floors”.

    Fans say the advantages of mall-walking include the fact that shopping malls are traffic free, weather resistant and safe. It can also get you reasonably fit. A 30-minute speed walk incorporating some stair climbing and lunges can burn around 200 calories. One of the first mall-walking schemes in the UK was at the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds where groups have been meeting every weekday morning since 2003.

    Initially part of a joint venture with the South Leeds Health For All (SLHFA) programme and the national Walking the Way to Health project, it now attracts an average of 60 shoppers a week, many of whom are referred by their GP. “We hold the walks on Monday to Friday, before the shops open their doors,” says Liz Greenough, who runs the initiative. “The ground-floor of the centre measures a quarter of a mile from one end to the other and is perfect for people just wanting a little gentle exercise.” Similar programmes now run at shopping centres around the country.

    The Guardian, 29th April 2008

    Bosses asked to wage war on obesity crisis by mixing work with play

    Tennis

    Nipping out of the office for a game of tennis will no longer be considered bunking off under a government initiative to incorporate sport into the national working day.

    Ministers are due to meet trade union leaders and captains of industry, The Times has learnt, to discuss ways that employees can be involved in high-level sport without jeopardising their careers. This includes being given paid leave to compete or coach.

    Gerry Sutcliffe, the Sports Minister, believes that employers could promote a more active lifestyle through their corporate social responsibility schemes. He will put his proposals, part of a broader Active England campaign before the London 2012 Olympics, to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and CBI in the next month. “A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce,” he said.

    The idea harks back to the 1950s era of factory sports teams, when almost every company fielded its own football and cricket sides.

    The corporate sector may argue that it already shoulders some of the responsibility for a fitter nation through subsidised gym membership and cycle-to-work schemes. And the City of London has a history of building state-of-the-art facilities; the Bank of England’s sports centre in West London is now home to the Lawn Tennis Association.

    The Times, May 9th 2008

    Gene sequence puts half of UK population at greater risk of obesity, researchers say

    Obese adults

    A section of genetic code that puts half the population at greater risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease has been discovered by scientists who say those carrying the sequence are on average 2kg (4.4lb) heavier than others, with 2cm larger waistlines and a tendency to become resistant to insulin and vulnerable to late-onset diabetes.

    While 50% of the UK population carries the obesity-related sequence, it is a third more common among people of Indian Asian ancestry than among Europeans, the scientists said.

    The finding raises hopes of new measures to curb the soaring obesity rates, including genetic screening programmes to identify children most at risk of what has become one of the leading causes of poor health and mortality in the developed world.

    “A better understanding of the genes behind problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease means that we will be in a good position to identify people whose genetic inheritance makes them most susceptible,” said Professor Jaspal Kooner, lead author of the study at Imperial College London. “We can’t change their genetic inheritance, but we can focus on preventative measures, including lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.”

    The Guardian, May 5th 2008

    Lack of exercise puts cancer survivors at risk

    Breast Cancer Screening

    Cancer survivors could be putting their health at risk by being obese and failing to take enough exercise, research suggested today. A study found that breast cancer survivors were among those likely to be fat, which could make their prognosis worse. Obesity and taking little exercise is generally linked to poor disease outcomes, the authors said.

    In cancer patients, studies have have linked inactivity and being fat with recurrence of the disease, death and a reduced quality of life.

    More than 114,000 people were questioned for the study, published in the journal Cancer, and asked if they had participated in any activities from a list in the past three months. The activities included walking, jogging, skiing and weight-training, and people were also asked to name activities not listed. They were also asked how often they took part in the activity and how long each session lasted.

    The authors found that fewer than 22 per cent of survivors were physically active at the ideal level, with the lowest activity rates among female bowel cancer survivors (14 per cent), breast cancer survivors (17 per cent), female skin cancer survivors (19%), and male bowel cancer survivors (20 per cent). Just over 18 per cent of all cancer survivors reported being obese, with little variation among the cancer survivor groups. Obese breast cancer survivors were less likely to be active than obese women without a history of cancer.

    The Daily Mail, April 21st 2008

    Fat-but-fit is myth: Big women who exercise still have double risk of heart disease

    Overweight exercising

    New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women. “It doesn’t take away the risk entirely. Weight still matters,” said Dr Martha Gulati, a heart specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

    Previous research has gone back and forth on whether exercise or weight has a greater influence on heart disease risks.

    The new study involving nearly 39,000 women helps sort out the combined effects of physical activity and body mass on women’s chances of developing heart disease, said Dr Gulati, who wasn’t involved in the research. The study by Harvard-affiliated researchers appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

    Participants were women aged 54 on average who filled out a questionnaire at the study’s start detailing their height, weight and amount of weekly physical activity in the past year, including walking, jogging, bicycling and swimming. They were then tracked for about 11 years. Overall 948 women developed heart disease.

    Women were considered active if they followed government-recommended guidelines and got at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week, including brisk walking or jogging. Women who got less exercise than that were considered inactive.

    Weight was evaluated by body mass index: A BMI between 25 and 29 is considered overweight, while obese is 30 and higher. Compared with normal-weight active women, the risk for developing heart disease was 54 percent higher in overweight active women and 87 percent higher in obese active women.

    The Daily Mail, April 30th 2008

    Have they really invented a miracle pill that will let you eat as much as you want and STILL lose weight?

    middle age exercising

    It is every dieter’s dream – a pill that allows you to lose weight safely without actually going on a diet. But such fat-fighting drugs are already the stuff of reality, according to researchers. They say tablets widely used to lower blood pressure could help melt away unwanted pounds as well.

    Experiments suggest that ACE inhibitor pills can speed up the metabolism, allowing excess weight to be lost quickly. The findings could lead to the pills, taken by millions to combat hypertension, being repackaged as fat-burners. Ultimately, they, or similar drugs, could allow the overweight to shed flab without even setting foot in a gym. With up to a quarter of Britons thought to be trying to lose weight and obesity rates the highest in Europe, such a pill would have mass appeal.

    Australian researchers made the breakthrough in experiments on mice genetically altered to lack an enzyme found in fat cells. Those lacking this angiotension-converting enzyme, as it is known, weighed 20 per cent less than other mice and had up to 60 per cent less body fat.

    The GM mice were no more active than the other creatures and ate just as much food but their metabolism was faster. They also processed sugar more quickly, suggesting they were at lower risk of diabetes, says a report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    The Daily Mail, April 29th 2008

    Fitness in the North Convention

    Fitness in the North

    Northern Fitness & Education are pleased to announce the next Fitness in the North Convention on 21st June 2008, at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Headingley Campus. This year’s event is sponsored by Modern Pilates.

    This one-day fitness convention for fitness instructors, personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts, will provide an inspirational action packed day of aerobics, dance, step, aqua, circuits, body conditioning, yoga, pilates, mind/body, workshops, masterclasses and specialist lectures.

    The day is designed to give new ideas, motivate and educate and will ensure you can inject some enthusiasm into your teaching. Whether you are a group fitness instructor, gym instructor, aqua instructor, personal trainer or health professional there is something on offer for you.

    There are over 40 sessions to choose from and the fantastic early bird price of £39 includes comprehensive session notes. There will also be a Trade Show with a wide range of companies selling sportswear, music and training courses. Reiki and Sports Massage will also be available to book on the day for £5 per session.

    For more information, please call Northern Fitness & Education on 01943 879816

    Tecar Verona-Ghirada Team Sport Conference, From the Laboratory to the Field

    Verona university logo

    The Tecar Verona-Ghirada Team Sport Conference, From the Laboratory to the Field, will take place from 7-8 June 2008 in Treviso, Italy.

    This world-class conference presents the latest methods which have been proven to improve team-sport performance. The timing is perfect to provide you with new ideas for the upcoming competitive season.

    International experts who have experience not only in research, but also working with elite team sport athletes will be speaking at the event. This conference is a must for all researchers, trainers, coaches and students who work with team sports.

    For more information, please visit www.everywheretravel.it/vtsc2008/

    The Olympics: Politics and Protest

    Leeds Metropolitan University’s Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education will be holding The Olympics: Politics and Protest, a conference which will take place at Leeds Met on 16th, 17th and 18th July 2008.

    On the evening of 16th July, there will be a Round Table Discussion on the Olympics chaired by Professor Franco Bianchini.

    On the 17th and 18th July, Keynote Speakers will present various talks. These include Professor John Horne from the University of Central Lancashire, presenting The Olympics: Power, Politics, Protest and Promotion and Professor Helen Lenskij from the University of Toronto, presenting Challenging Olympic Power and Propaganda.

    Sessions at the conference include, The Olympics ‘Race’ and identity, Paralympic Issues and The Olympics and the Media. The cost is £70 for two days and £40 for one day. There is a 50% discount for students and accommodation is also available.

    For more information, or to book onto the conference, please contact Anna Towers a.f.towers@leedsmet.ac.uk. The deadline for booking is 20th June 2008.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The London Massage Company Summer Skills Workshops

    London Massage Company logo

    Advance or refresh your skills in sports massage with The London Massage Company’s Summer Skills Workshops, taking place in central London throughout June 2008.

    Thirteen workshops will run back-to-back, giving attendees the flexibility to choose one or two workshops, or intensify their learning with the whole set. With each workshop attendees will receive an interactive workbook, as well as an attendance certificate.

    Workshops will take place from 2nd – 20th June and include topics such as ‘Deep Tissue Techniques’, ‘Muscle Energy Technique’, ‘Soft Tissue Release’ and ‘Mechanical Massage’. The workshops are £100 a-day and many professional awarding bodies count one-day workshops as five continuing professional development (CPD) points.

    For a full breakdown of all workshops and further information on dates and location, visit www.thelondonmassagecompany.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Forget the gym. Head for the shopping centre

    Shopping Centre

    ‘Mallercise’ – power walking while window shopping – is a craze sweeping the US and catching on here. It’s free, safe and, because the weather’s not a problem, you can wear what you want.

    Shopping or the gym? If retail therapy comes top every time, then you might be the ideal candidate for mall- walking. It’s a fitness trend from the US that now seems to be catching on here. Losing pounds from your thighs, not your pocket, is the idea behind “mallercise”.

    It involves power-walking around shopping centres and marching up stairs and escalators while simultaneously doing a spot of window-shopping. So popular have such sessions become in the US and Canada that manufacturers now market special “mall- walker” shoes “to give extra traction for smoother, slicker mall floors”.

    Fans say the advantages of mall-walking include the fact that shopping malls are traffic free, weather resistant and safe. It can also get you reasonably fit. A 30-minute speed walk incorporating some stair climbing and lunges can burn around 200 calories. One of the first mall-walking schemes in the UK was at the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds where groups have been meeting every weekday morning since 2003.

    Initially part of a joint venture with the South Leeds Health For All (SLHFA) programme and the national Walking the Way to Health project, it now attracts an average of 60 shoppers a week, many of whom are referred by their GP. “We hold the walks on Monday to Friday, before the shops open their doors,” says Liz Greenough, who runs the initiative. “The ground-floor of the centre measures a quarter of a mile from one end to the other and is perfect for people just wanting a little gentle exercise.” Similar programmes now run at shopping centres around the country.

    The Guardian, 29th April 2008

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bosses asked to wage war on obesity crisis by mixing work with play

    Tennis

    Nipping out of the office for a game of tennis will no longer be considered bunking off under a government initiative to incorporate sport into the national working day.

    Ministers are due to meet trade union leaders and captains of industry, The Times has learnt, to discuss ways that employees can be involved in high-level sport without jeopardising their careers. This includes being given paid leave to compete or coach.

    Gerry Sutcliffe, the Sports Minister, believes that employers could promote a more active lifestyle through their corporate social responsibility schemes. He will put his proposals, part of a broader Active England campaign before the London 2012 Olympics, to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and CBI in the next month. “A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce,” he said.

    The idea harks back to the 1950s era of factory sports teams, when almost every company fielded its own football and cricket sides.

    The corporate sector may argue that it already shoulders some of the responsibility for a fitter nation through subsidised gym membership and cycle-to-work schemes. And the City of London has a history of building state-of-the-art facilities; the Bank of England’s sports centre in West London is now home to the Lawn Tennis Association.

    The Times, May 9th 2008

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gene sequence puts half of UK population at greater risk of obesity, researchers say

    Obese adults

    A section of genetic code that puts half the population at greater risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease has been discovered by scientists who say those carrying the sequence are on average 2kg (4.4lb) heavier than others, with 2cm larger waistlines and a tendency to become resistant to insulin and vulnerable to late-onset diabetes.

    While 50% of the UK population carries the obesity-related sequence, it is a third more common among people of Indian Asian ancestry than among Europeans, the scientists said.

    The finding raises hopes of new measures to curb the soaring obesity rates, including genetic screening programmes to identify children most at risk of what has become one of the leading causes of poor health and mortality in the developed world.

    “A better understanding of the genes behind problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease means that we will be in a good position to identify people whose genetic inheritance makes them most susceptible,” said Professor Jaspal Kooner, lead author of the study at Imperial College London. “We can’t change their genetic inheritance, but we can focus on preventative measures, including lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.”

    The Guardian, May 5th 2008

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lack of exercise puts cancer survivors at risk

    Breast Cancer Screening

    Cancer survivors could be putting their health at risk by being obese and failing to take enough exercise, research suggested today. A study found that breast cancer survivors were among those likely to be fat, which could make their prognosis worse. Obesity and taking little exercise is generally linked to poor disease outcomes, the authors said.

    In cancer patients, studies have have linked inactivity and being fat with recurrence of the disease, death and a reduced quality of life.

    More than 114,000 people were questioned for the study, published in the journal Cancer, and asked if they had participated in any activities from a list in the past three months. The activities included walking, jogging, skiing and weight-training, and people were also asked to name activities not listed. They were also asked how often they took part in the activity and how long each session lasted.

    The authors found that fewer than 22 per cent of survivors were physically active at the ideal level, with the lowest activity rates among female bowel cancer survivors (14 per cent), breast cancer survivors (17 per cent), female skin cancer survivors (19%), and male bowel cancer survivors (20 per cent). Just over 18 per cent of all cancer survivors reported being obese, with little variation among the cancer survivor groups. Obese breast cancer survivors were less likely to be active than obese women without a history of cancer.

    The Daily Mail, April 21st 2008

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fat-but-fit is myth: Big women who exercise still have double risk of heart disease

    Overweight exercising

    New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women. “It doesn’t take away the risk entirely. Weight still matters,” said Dr Martha Gulati, a heart specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

    Previous research has gone back and forth on whether exercise or weight has a greater influence on heart disease risks.

    The new study involving nearly 39,000 women helps sort out the combined effects of physical activity and body mass on women’s chances of developing heart disease, said Dr Gulati, who wasn’t involved in the research. The study by Harvard-affiliated researchers appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

    Participants were women aged 54 on average who filled out a questionnaire at the study’s start detailing their height, weight and amount of weekly physical activity in the past year, including walking, jogging, bicycling and swimming. They were then tracked for about 11 years. Overall 948 women developed heart disease.

    Women were considered active if they followed government-recommended guidelines and got at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week, including brisk walking or jogging. Women who got less exercise than that were considered inactive.

    Weight was evaluated by body mass index: A BMI between 25 and 29 is considered overweight, while obese is 30 and higher. Compared with normal-weight active women, the risk for developing heart disease was 54 percent higher in overweight active women and 87 percent higher in obese active women.

    The Daily Mail, April 30th 2008

     

     

     

     

     

     


    FitNews April 2008

    21 April 2008, 10:45

    Welcome to the April issue of FitNews.

    This month’s issue of FitNews is full of the latest stories on the many benefits of exercise. We all know exercise is good for our health, but in the month’s issue we discover how exercise can help with the ageing process, how it can improve your quality of life, help with stress and even make you smarter. So if you thought it is just your body that benefits from regular exercise, your wrong!

    To celebrate International Dance Day on April 29th 2008, we have included a fantastic 10% discount off all dance books and DVDs for all our subscribers. Dance is a great way to exercise and is fun, so if you are a regular dancer or thinking of trying it out we will have a book to suit you. Read on for more details…

    International Dance Day discount!
    CID logo
    International Dance Day, UNESCO, is celebrated on April 29th every year. First celebrated in 1982 when it was established by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, the date commemorates the birthday of Jean- Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.The intention of International Dance Day is to bring all dance together, to celebrate the art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together in peace with a common language – DANCE. As well as this, International Dance Day aims to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public, as well as persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education, from primary to higher.In celebration of this year’s International Dance Day, Human Kinetics is offering all readers a 10% discount off all dance books and DVDs. To claim your discount, simply quote Mail Code R607. When ordering online, you’ll be prompted for the Mail Code at the top of the shopping cart page. Alternatively, call Human Kinetics order hotline on 0113 255 5665 (or +44 (0)113 255 5665 if outside the UK).

    Below is just one new dance resource from Human Kinetics…

    Whatever your motive, whether to get more exercise, to spend more time with a partner or because you have taken inspiration from Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, dancing can be a fantastic experience. Gotta Ballroom, part of the Gotta Dance series, makes learning to dance fun and easy. From the waltz and the tango, to the foxtrot and the Viennese waltz, master instructors and professional dancers, Christine Zona and Chris George describe and demonstrate every movement, providing the skills necessary to glide across the dance floor like a pro.

    Including a 64-minute DVD, Gotta Ballroom provides specific instruction for social success with the four most popular American style ballroom dances. This one-of-a-kind package breaks down both leader and follower roles to show basic footwork, body positioning, timing, styling and transitions.

    With an interactive and structured approach, Gotta Ballroom will soon have you moving to the music, as you become immersed in the experience, pleasure and grace of American style ballroom dance.

    PRICE: £18.99
    (28.49 Euros)

    Read more about the book…

    In FitNews this month…

  • International Dance Day discount!
  • Make the right food choices with the all-time best-selling sports nutrition guidebook!
  • The first book of its kind to focus on physically demanding occupations
  • ‘Regular excercise can slow down ageing’
  • ’10-minute walk can better quality of life’
  • A good night’s sleep the key to staying slim
  • Fat risk even if you are healthy weight
  • Train your brain: Can jogging make you smarter?
  • Sport England reveals sports participation is increasing, with the over 55s leading the change
  • Bad Breakfast Habits Could Harm Long-Term Health
  • Cleaning ‘improves mental health’
  • EIPET Project
  • Make the right food choices with the all-time best-selling sports nutrition guidebook!

    Boost your energy, manage stress, build muscle, lose fat and improve your performance with the excellent new fourth edition of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook! With over 500,000 copies sold, this book has become the all-time best-selling sports nutrition guide on the market.

    An internationally known specialist in sports dietetics, Clark offers sound nutritional advice for active people. This updated edition includes the latest sports nutrition research on hydration and fluid intake, vitamins, supplements, energy drinks, organic foods and the role of carbohydrate and protein during exercise, as well as information on the new food pyramid.

    Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook will assist you in making the right food choices in supermarkets, restaurants and your own kitchen. Whether preparing for competition or simply eating on the go, sport’s leading nutritionist will demonstrate how to get the maximum benefits from the foods you choose and the meals you make. You will also learn how to eat before exercise and events, as well as how to refuel afterwards for optimal recovery.

    Whether seeking advice on losing weight, getting energised to exercise, or improving health and performance, Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook has the answers you can trust.

    PRICE: £11.99 (17.99 Euros)

    The first book of its kind to focus on physically demanding occupations

    Hard Work: Defining Physical Work Performance Requirements focuses on physically demanding occupations that require strength, stamina or both; this includes occupations such as law enforcement, fire fighting, mining, forestry and the military. It is the first book to examine the relationship of recruitment practices, physical training and physical evaluation to the intricate environment of corporations, labour organisations, the legal system and employment rights.

    Authors Brian Sharkey and Paul Davis have collectively spent over 70 years studying physically demanding work and the factors associated with performance and health. This book attempts to provide an approach for making intelligent and informed employment decisions that will result in a safer, healthier and more productive workforce.

    Hard Work brings their perspective as exercise scientists to an examination of the following factors:

    • Work requirements and capacity for physically demanding jobs
    • Physical characteristics of the “athlete-worker”, including aerobic and muscular fitness
    • Test development, validation and utilisation in employee selection
    • Employee health and job-related fitness
    • Environmental factors affecting employee performance, such as heat, cold and altitude
    • Respiratory protection and lifting guidelines
    • Legal aspects of employment, consequences of legal decisions and a proposed alternative to litigation.

    The first book of its kind in this field, Hard Work suggests how employees could benefit by working up to job requirements while maintaining their health, safety and job performance.

    PRICE: £36.50 (54.75 Euros)

    ‘Regular excercise can slow down ageing’

    Regular exercise can help slow down the effects of ageing by up to 12 years, a study claims. People may also be able to retain the ability to live independently for far longer if they exercise throughout middle age and into retirement, it found.

    Aerobic exercise, such as jogging, improves oxygen consumption, which in turn improves the body’s ability to convert fat into fuel for muscles. The volume of oxygen we are able to consume is reduced with age, and therefore to maintain good health and the appearance of youth, more aerobic exercise is required.

    Research by scientists at the University of Toronto in Canada has shown that high-intensity exercise, taken regularly for more than a year, can make someone as fit as a sedentary person who is 12 years younger. The results are published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    The Telegraph, 14th April 2008

    ’10-minute walk can better quality of life’

    Man walking

    Overweight people can make a significant improvement in their quality of life simply by doing 10 minutes of brisk walking every day, scientists have said.

    A study of obese or overweight women found that those doing an average of 70 minutes of light exercise a week showed substantial improvements in health and enjoyed better social lives than those who did no exercise.

    The findings contradict Government guidelines that suggest taking 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.

    They were presented at an American Heart Association conference in Colorado Springs and claim that shorter, less strenuous sessions can lead to improvements.

    Angela Thompson, of the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, Louisiana, said: “Walking a little bit every day will help tremendously. That is an important public health message.”

    The Telegraph, 16th March 2008

    A good night’s sleep the key to staying slim

    Sleeping

    Sleeping for eight hours a night is the secret to not putting weight on, according to scientists. They found that those who slept for less than six hours a night – or more than nine – put on more weight than those who slept for seven or eight hours each night.

    The research published in the Journal Sleep found those who did not get enough sleep gained almost 4.4lbs (2kg) compared to those who slept for the recommended number of hours. Those who had too much sleep gained 1.58 kilos (1.58kg) more than those who slept for the recommended number of hours over six years.

    Short sleepers were 27 per cent more likely to become obese and long sleepers were 21 per cent more likely than those had an average night’s sleep.

    The research also found that things were worse for people who got less sleep as they were 35 per cent more likely to gain 11lbs (5kg) over six years than those who had seven or eight hours sleep. Those who slept too long were 25 per cent more likely to gain 11lbs (5kg) in the same time.

    The reason that the amount of sleep a person gets can govern their weight is because sleep affects hormones levels, especially those involved in appetite and feeling full after a meal.

    The Telegraph, 3rd April 2008

    Fat risk even if you are healthy weight

    People not classed as overweight but who lack muscle are just as unhealthy as those who are considered obese, doctors are warning.

    A study has found that half of those considered to be a healthy weight for their height were still obese because of the proportion of fat in their bodies. Experts say two thirds of the population are at risk because they weigh too much but the discovery of the new condition – dubbed “normal weight obesity” – suggests that eight in 10 face an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

    The findings, presented at a scientific meeting in the United States, raise further doubt over the value of the body mass index (BMI) as an indicator of health. It is calculated by dividing weight in kilos by height in metres squared, and a range of between 18.5 and 25 is considered healthy.

    But researchers at the Mayo Clinic, which has hospitals in three states, found that half of people in the range had a body fat percentage high enough to put their health at risk. To be healthy, women should be no more than 30 per cent fat and men no more than 20 per cent.

    Body fat can be measured using scales available commercially or callipers to pinch flesh at the waist. The team said that using body fat to determine normal weight obesity was a more precise way of determining health risks than BMI.

    The Telegraph, 1st April 2008

    Train your brain: Can jogging make you smarter?

    We don’t need to be told that exercise is good for us. We know that it combats cholesterol, we know boosts our hearts and we know it stops the pounds from piling on. But, beyond the obvious physical benefits of a good cycle, run or swim, a growing body of evidence suggests that getting breathless can also build the brain.

    Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, which is published later this year, shows how even regular brisk walks can boost memory, alleviate stress, enhance intelligence and allay aggression. John Ratey, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston and the book’s author, says that exercise stimulates our grey matter to produce what he calls “Miracle-Gro” for the brain. “I can’t understate how important regular exercise is in improving the function and performance of the brain,” he says. “It’s such a wonderful medicine.”

    If the mere thought of trudging round ice-bound playing fields at school was enough to bring you out in a cold sweat, the idea that exercise makes us happy might sound perverse. But, beyond the (potential) mood-lifting effects of fresh air and scenery, evidence suggests that pounding the pavement can also change the way our brains work to make us happier, or even stave off depression. “Exercise is as good as any anti-depressant I know,” Ratey claims.

    The Independent, 25th March 2008

    Sport England reveals sports participation is increasing, with the over 55s leading the change

    Older adults exercising

    The number of adults* across England who regularly participate in sport and active recreation has increased, with the 55s and over showing the biggest growth spurt, a Sport England survey reveals.

    Early results of Sport England’s second year of The Active People Survey show that the number of adults, aged 16 plus, participating in 30 minutes of moderate intensity sport or active recreation three times a week, has increased by 359,423.

    This is a 0.7 per cent increase from 19.0% in the period mid September 2005 to mid December 2005 to 19.7% in the period mid September 2007 to mid December 2007.

    It was the 55s and over who contributed the biggest leap in participation in sport and active recreation, with a 1.3 per cent increase, from 10.9% to 12.2%.

    During the same period, men’s participation in sport and active recreation increased by 1.1 per cent, from 21.5% to 22.6%. There was no significant change in women’s sport participation.

    Sport England, 9th April 2008

    Bad Breakfast Habits Could Harm Long-Term Health

    Healthy breakfast

    Skipping breakfast and snacking on sugary and fatty foods could be fuelling Britain’s rising obesity rates among the under 25s. A new survey commissioned by Cancer Research UK into the nation’s breakfast habits discovered that nearly half the 16-24 age group miss breakfast – the first and most important meal of the day – at least twice a week.

    The survey, commissioned to raise awareness of the charity’s annual Britain’s Biggest Breakfast campaign, also showed that 85 per cent of under 25s questioned admitted to snacking, with fatty and sugary foods, such as crisps, biscuits, cakes and sweets favourites to keep mid-morning hunger at bay.

    Professor Jane Wardle, director of Cancer Research UK’s health behaviour research centre, said: “There is still widespread ignorance that being overweight or obese increases the risk of a number of cancers. We know obesity rates are rising in the UK and research has shown that this trend begins early in life. Children who are overweight or obese are likely to grow into obese adults whose risk of cancer and other diseases is increased because of the extra weight they are carrying. This survey reflects the worrying trend that too many young people miss breakfast only to resort to sugary and fatty snacks when they get hungry. These habits can be hard to break.”

    Cancer Research UK carried out the survey of over 2,000 people to promote Britain’s Biggest Breakfast. The charity is calling for people across the UK to celebrate Britain’s Biggest Breakfast’s tenth anniversary by throwing a breakfast ‘party’ to raise money for research into all types of cancer.

    Medical News Today, 31st March 2008

    Cleaning ‘improves mental health’

    cleaning women

    Working up a sweat while performing household chores may not just improve the cleanliness of your home, but your mental health too, a survey suggests.

    Just 20 minutes of sustained exercise a week – from cleaning to jogging – can impact upon depression, the British Journal of Sports Medicine study found. The more strenuous and frequent the activity, the greater the effect.

    University College London researchers looked at a survey of 20,000 people on weekly exercise and state of mind. Another study in the journal also found such exercise among the middle-aged and elderly may delay the ageing process.

    In the Scottish Health Survey, 3,000 people reported stress or anxiety. The more active they were, the less likely they were to be suffering in this way. Taking part in sports at least once a week lowered the risk by 33%, while housework and walking could cut it by as much as 20%.

    However, light dusting or meandering to the bus stop strictly did not count. The activity needed to be for at least 20 minutes at a time, and had to induce breathlessness.

    BBC News, 9th April 2008

    EIPET Project

    EIPET logo

    The EIPET project is a two year project, beginning 1st November 2007, supported by the Leonardo da Vinci fund through Léargas, the National Agency for Ireland. The project aims to tackle difficulties that arise and are associated with the inclusion of people with disabilities into mainstream education; and associated current deficiencies in initial and continued physical education teacher training to deal with same.

    A functional map of the physical education teacher’s role will be developed through the project and the knowledge, competence and skill requirements of PE teachers, given the rapidly changing work environments resulting from the aforementioned changes, will be detailed. An International Conference in Tralee in 2009 will launch the project results and a resource pack.

    Other EIPET project aims include:

    • To empower teacher training providers and PE teachers with the knowledge, skills and competence to operate effectively in the work environment.
    • To facilitate equity of opportunity in Physical Education for all.
    • To develop a resource pack to accompany the model and modules and make it available for download from the project website or available on CD.

    The EIPET project is asking FitNews subscribers to let them know your thoughts or dissemination activities in relation to the project in order to engage you in the project consultation process. For more information, please contact Matt Fisher mfisher@sportscoachuk.org


    FitNews Newsletter February 2008

    12 March 2008, 15:55

    Welcome to the January issue of FitNews.

    At this time of year many of us pledge to begin a new healthy lifestyle, resolutions have been made, diets planned and gym memberships purchased. According to recent research in this month’s newsletter, we have more reasons then ever to carry on living a healthy and active lifestyle in 2008, as research shows that a poor diet kills 70,000 people a year and a healthy lifestyle can add 14 years to your life! So if the new year is the kick start you need to get healthy so be it, but don’t forget the importance of carrying it on throughout the year and beyond.

    Product of the month…
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    Fantastic Water Workouts also includes 14 step-by-step programmes that can be tailored to your personal needs. Whether you’re seeking general programmes for overall fitness or more specific routines for pregnancy, physical rehabilitation, cardiac recovery, or older adults, it’s all in this fantastic book.

    For a great way to exercise, no matter what your individual needs or goals, jump into Fantastic Water Workouts and discover the complete water workout guide.

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    Achieve success as a personal trainer with this vital resource

    Personal trainers are passionate about motivating and guiding others to a healthy and fit lifestyle. However, it can sometimes be a challenge to shape that passion into knowledgeable, consistent and qualified assistance. To succeed as a personal trainer, turn to Can-Fit-Pro’s Foundations of Professional Personal Training, a resource which will help build fitness expertise, assessment prowess, communication skills and business knowledge.

    Written by Can-Fit-Pro, a continuing education provider for Canadian fitness professionals, the text includes the essentials of fitness theory and practical application, client assessment and screening, safety considerations and programme design. This information is complemented by chapters on the business of personal training, the psychology of personal training, plus two photo-rich appendices providing exercises to share with clients.

    Included with the book is a special bonus CD-ROM titled Essentials of Interactive Functional Anatomy (IFA Essentials). Using a 3-D model of the human musculature, IFA Essentials provides a vivid and detailed review of the components of structural anatomy. It is a valuable guide to structural anatomy for personal trainers at any stage of their career.

    To guide others in leading a healthy lifestyle, every personal trainer should invest in Foundations of Professional Personal Training, to help develop their career in this vital area.

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    Poor diet kills 70,000 every year, report says

    Almost 70,000 deaths could be avoided every year if Britons followed healthy eating guidelines, a wide-ranging government report says.

    The nation’s poor diet costs the economy £10 billion, of which £7.7 billion comprises NHS treatment that could be avoided if people cut down on fatty and salty foods and ate more fresh fruit and vegetables. Those who die prematurely would have lived for almost 10 years longer if they adhered to dietary advice, the report says.

    The figures are contained in the Cabinet Office report Food: an analysis of the issues, commissioned by the Prime Minister as a precursor to a government review of food policy and a new strategy on tackling obesity.

    It includes grim predictions about the growth of obesity in Britain, with 60 per cent of the population expected to be overweight by 2050, compared with 28 per cent today, and 70 per cent of girls and 55 per cent of boys expected to be overweight or obese in 40 years’ time.

    The report also shows that children are being badly let down by parents who feed them far too much saturated fat, sugar and salt and not enough fruit and veg.

    The Telegraph. 7th January 2007

    Healthy life ‘can give you another 14 years’

    Smoking

    A healthy lifestyle can increase a person’s lifespan by as much as 14 years, scientists have claimed.

    Researchers have calculated people can extend the length of their lives by up to 17 per cent by not smoking, drinking only moderately, eating healthily and keeping physically active.

    Many studies have highlighted the health risks associated with cigarettes, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet and lack of exercise. However, few have looked at the combined effects of all four on longevity.

    Prof Kay-Tee Khaw, a gerontologist at Cambridge University who led the new study, said: “There were substantial differences in mortality associated with the four health behaviours combined. The results strongly suggest that these four achievable lifestyle changes could have a marked improvement on the health of middle-aged and older people, which is particularly important given the ageing population in the UK and other European countries.”

    Prof Khaw and colleagues, whose study is published in the journal PLoS Medicine, surveyed 20,244 men and women living in Norfolk in the mid-1990s. The participants, none of whom had known cancer or heart disease, were aged between 45 and 79.

    The Telegraph, 8th January 2008

    Most Britons feel overweight and unfit

    Almost three-quarters of Britons in a survey believe they are overweight and have vowed to start a health campaign in the New Year.

    But it appears only the young are concerned about controlling their weight, with just a quarter of older Britons seeing getting fit as a priority, the poll for the Community Service Volunteers (CSV) charity found.

    Despite almost 70 percent of Britons saying they want to get healthy, experts said other evidence into people’s behaviour suggests that repeated warnings about the dangers of obesity is falling on deaf ears.

    The survey, commissioned by CSV subsidiary Dare to Care and based on an ICM poll of 1,032 adults, showed that those in the northeast and Scotland are most concerned about their weight.

    Reuters UK, 8th January 2008

    Study finds both drinking and exercise healthy

    Alcohol

    Drinking is healthy, exercise is healthy, and doing a little of both is even healthier, Danish researchers reported.

    People who neither drink nor exercise have a 30 to 49 percent higher risk of heart disease than people who do one or both of the activities, the researchers said in the European Heart Journal.

    “The main finding is there seems to be an additional beneficial effect of drinking one to two drinks per day and doing at least moderate physical activity,” said Morten Gronbaek of the University of Southern Denmark, who led the study.

    Several major studies have found that light to moderate drinking – up to two drinks a day on a regular basis – is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, and some have also found this leads to a lower risk of some cancers.

    But the Danish study, one of the largest of its kind to examine the combined effect of drinking and exercise, found there were additional protective effects gained from doing both.

    Reuters UK, 9th January 2008

    Obesity soars as hundreds are treated for health related problems each day

    obese male

    More than 230 people are treated at hospital every day for health problems associated with obesity, Department of Health figures revealed. And the problem is soaring at an alarming rate with the number of hospital consultations soaring almost 30 per cent in the last year alone.

    In nine years the effect of obesity on hospital consultants has trebled as the numbers needing treatment has risen from 23,961 in 1997/98 to 85,302 in 2006/07.

    The statistics reveal the number of people who were seen by a consultant where either the main source of illness was classified as excessive body weight or where obesity had contributed to some other ailment.

    The number of obese children has also soared in recent years. In 1997/98 just 689 children were seen by hospital consultants as a result of their obesity. However by 2006/07 this had risen to 2,307 children.

    National Obesity Forum chairman Dr Colin Waine said: “We badly need a public health approach to alter the environment and make it less obeseogenic. This has to be led by the government.”

    The Daily Mail, 11th January 2008


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