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UK Inactivity - Positive change needed for a more active nation!

UK Inactivity - Positive change needed for a more active nation!

Posted on: 15 February 2016 by Chris Sweeney Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

The UK is without doubt a nation of proud people owning the fifth largest economy in the world; however despite this latest figures show that nearly 2/3 of men and women in the UK are obese or overweight when compare to other countries, why?

 

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Crossing the ocean- taking Water Babies to China

Crossing the ocean- taking Water Babies to China

Posted on: 03 February 2016 by Steve Franks Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Steve Franks, Managing Director of Water Babies, discusses Water Babies' venture in China, how they are in some ways miles ahead of the UK in terms of the priority they give to early years development and how this might be down to a one-child policy which has meant early-years development has been top of its cultural agenda.

 

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Engaging Young People in the Physical Activity Sector

Engaging Young People in the Physical Activity Sector

Posted on: 01 February 2016 by Lewis Field Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Reflecting on the Active Training Awards, SCL Education Group CEO, and co-founder, Lewis Field explores the impact young people can make and how best to harness their energy to drive the sector forward.

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How To Grow Your Secondary Spend Through Retail

How To Grow Your Secondary Spend Through Retail

Posted on: 27 January 2016 by Gym-Partners Twitter

Traditionally the attitude towards retail sales from many gyms has been over-looked or at best seen as a small bonus to membership fees, but that's changing. Operators are fast realising that there is a huge opportunity to tap into their database and generate significant secondary spend.

 

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Engagement Rate and 5 Easy Ways to Measure It

Engagement Rate and 5 Easy Ways to Measure It

Posted on: 20 January 2016 by Greg Skloot Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

It's a new year and the old way of 'stock a club with equipment,  keep it clean and retain memberships'  is dead. Competition is fierce, costs are increasing and there are more non-traditional options, like ClassPass, on the market. Keeping members and selling them additional services, like PT, pro shop merchandise and supplements requires more than the old-school greeting at the door and nurture phone call twice a year.

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The ukactive National Summit Experience

The ukactive National Summit Experience

Posted on: 15 December 2015 by Mollie Millington Facebook Twitter

On 4th November 2015, over 500 delegates from health and fitness industry, governing bodies, local council, and public charities convened in Emirates Stadium to talk about how to get Britain more active.  It was amazing to be surrounded by people with a similar goal to mine (inspiring physical activity) and yet daunting too as we have so far to go. 

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Why physical activity needs better promotion - Getting into Exercise Prescription

Why physical activity needs better promotion - Getting into Exercise Prescription

Posted on: 27 November 2015 by Dr Dane Vishnubala Twitter LinkedIn

Inactivity costs the country £7.4bn annually and I think it would be fair to say that we have designed physical activity out of our lives. Take hotels for examples, look how easily you can find lifts- but how hard it can be to find the stairs, often the environments we frequent are conducive to sedentary behaviour.

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A lifesaving year for ukactive’s charity partner Anthony Nolan

A lifesaving year for ukactive’s charity partner Anthony Nolan

Posted on: 25 November 2015 by Laura Parsell Twitter LinkedIn

As another year draws to a close, we at Anthony Nolan, like many other organisations, are looking back at what we've achieved and celebrating success. We're here to save the lives of people with blood cancers and disorders- and we've achieved some remarkable things in the last financial year, helping over 1,200 people by facilitating a potentially lifesaving transplant for them.

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How The Gym Group Hit the Market

How The Gym Group Hit the Market

Posted on: 18 November 2015 by Gareth Jones Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Last week saw a pivotal moment for the Fitness Industry in the UK with the listing of The Gym Group on the London Stock Exchange, the first gym company to be listed in 15 years. Rumours that the company would be brought public first came to light in August, just a year after plans to merge with another low-cost operator, Pure Gym, were abandoned.

 

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ukactive National Summit 2015

ukactive National Summit 2015

Posted on: 17 November 2015 by CSN Twitter LinkedIn

ukactive's flagship annual event, the National Summit 2015, took place on 5th November at the Emirates Stadium, London. The content of the day matched the impressive venue, with a speaker line-up including Tracey Crouch MP, Jane Ellison MP, Jennie Price, CEO of Sport England, Former Health-Secretary Andrew Lansley and ukactive's own Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson.

 

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‘Raising the Bar’

‘Raising the Bar’

Posted on: 13 November 2015 by Rob Johnson Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

It has been clear for some time now that the leisure industry does not have enough confidence in its workforce to deliver key job roles for an evolving sector. On this basis, Future Fit Training, in partnership with ukactive, released an exclusive report this month, at ukactive's National Summit 2015, exploring employer attitudes and perceptions towards the workforce, skills, and training and assessment standards.

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Putting the Blueprint to work: Where do we go from here?

Putting the Blueprint to work: Where do we go from here?

Posted on: 11 November 2015 by Stan Jackson Email: Stan Jackson Twitter LinkedIn

Following the ukactive's biggest and most successful National Summit and the launch of 'ukactive's Blueprint for an Active Britain,' Stan Jackson looks back on the event and asks what next in turning the tide of inactivity.

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Physical inactivity: a problem for the fitness industry alone or a wider issue?

Physical inactivity: a problem for the fitness industry alone or a wider issue?

Posted on: 03 November 2015 by Alex Bennett Facebook Twitter

Where did physical activity go? It's not that long ago that man walked 30km a day, and from the recent book of Technogym founder Nerio Alessandri we were 'Born to Move'. Within the last century we, as a society, have continued to engineer physical activity out of our lives: the majority of our work forces us to remain seated behind a desk for 12 hours a day; time has become a precious commodity, so we constantly seek and demand convenience in all areas of our lives; and industries, technology and infrastructure have been radically transformed to make our lives 'easier'. So is the fitness industry alone capable of solving these problems?

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What do you think about Brits & physical activity?

What do you think about Brits & physical activity?

Posted on: 23 October 2015 by Mollie Millington Facebook Twitter

There is an upcoming ukactive National Summit entitled 'Building An Active Britain' taking place in early November here in London. Attendees will look at the new government's approach to promoting physical activity; explore best-practice based on real world examples; examine the latest evidence and practical guidance in terms of physical activity

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Physical Activity and Primary Care: Member Case Study

Physical Activity and Primary Care: Member Case Study

Posted on: 07 October 2015 by Amy Fleming Email: Amy Fleming Twitter

 

Ahead of ukactive's educational seminar series this October, and the launch of the 'Physical Activity and Primary Care: Overlaps and Opportunities'  report- in conjunction with Precor- this blog will showcase a ukactive member carrying out exemplary and inspiring work in this field. To find out more about the seminars, and to book your place please click here, or contact events@ukactive.org.uk for more details.

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Everyone Active benefiting from the next wave of physical activity leaders

Everyone Active benefiting from the next wave of physical activity leaders

Posted on: 28 September 2015 by Ben Beveers Twitter LinkedIn

Everyone Active has been delighted to partner with Sports Leaders UK through the Asda Active Sports Leaders programme to pilot an employment pathway for young people who have recently been awarded a Sports Leaders award or qualification.

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Too fat to work?

Too fat to work?

Posted on: 23 September 2015 by Stan Jackson Email: Stan Jackson Twitter LinkedIn

It's the title of Channel 5's hit documentary series.... and now it's government policy: 'Too Fat to Work' - the idea that the government should intervene in welfare payments for obese people if they refuse weight management treatment.  It is the latest in a long line of initiatives by the Department of Work and Pensions to get people who have been out of work for a long time back on the right side of the employment statistics.

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Charity partnership encourages Slimming World members to get active

Charity partnership encourages Slimming World members to get active

Posted on: 14 September 2015 by Amy Williams Facebook Twitter

For the past three years, Slimming World and Cancer Research UK have worked together to run Slimming World does Race for Life events in Slimming World groups across the UK, inspiring members to get more active and to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

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National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day

Posted on: 04 September 2015 by LucyLunges Twitter

One thing I enjoy about fitness is the sheer variety of different options for getting active. I believe there is something for everyone and getting fit shouldn't have to be a chore when you find an activity you really enjoy.

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National Fitness Day - get fit for free!

National Fitness Day - get fit for free!

Posted on: 03 September 2015 by FitBits Twitter

It's just one week until National Fitness Day, what will you be doing next Wednesday September 9th for the most active day of the year?

All across the UK hundreds of health and fitness sites will be opening their doors offering free events, classes and taster sessions, including everything from Body Pump to Hula Hooping, boxing to free PT sessions.

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