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NHS Healthy Towns proposals puts ukactive in spotlight

NHS Healthy Towns proposals puts ukactive in spotlight

22 August 2017

ukactive has spoken out in favour of sweeping NHS proposals to create 10 “Healthy New Towns” that would pilot new ways to place physical activity at the heart of communities.

Under the proposals, those who meet weekly activity targets could be offered discount gym memberships, savings on weekly supermarket shopping and sports gear, or free cinema tickets. Plans would also see housing developers offering free bikes with new homes, while streets would feature public gyms, adventure areas and sprint tracks.

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Pioneering health scheme gets Essex seniors fighting fit

Pioneering health scheme gets Essex seniors fighting fit

16 August 2017

Over 1,700 Essex residents have had their lives transformed by a pioneering health programme that sees patients prescribed exercise as medicine.

The Let’s Get Moving programme - run by not-for-profit health body ukactive in conjunction with Active Essex - targets patients in need of activity interventions, giving them the tools and confidence to develop positive lifestyle habits and make new social connections.

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ukactive urges government shake-up of sedentary office culture

09 August 2017

ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson appeared on international news network CNBC this morning (9th August) to urge the Government to tackle the ‘toxic’ toll of sedentary working cultures by incentivising employees to be active.

The legendary Paralympian and cross-bench peer noted that ‘physical inactivity costs the UK £20bn each year and is the cause of 37,000 premature deaths’ with desk-bound office culture fuelling the mounting inactivity crisis.

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ukactive and Premier Sport research spotlights summer holiday health inequalities

ukactive and Premier Sport research spotlights summer holiday health inequalities

11 July 2017

A new study from the ukactive Research Institute alongside Premier Sport has found that school summer holidays are driving ‘a major class divide’ in children’s fitness levels, with the poorest children seeing fitness fall 18x faster than their more affluent counterparts.

The findings form the second part of a landmark study from ukactive and children’s activity provider Premier Sport into physical activity among eight and nine-year-olds.

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School summer holidays driving ‘Victorian-era’ health inequalities among children

11 July 2017

School summer holidays are opening up a major class divide between the fitness levels of deprived children and their more affluent peers due to a lack of affordable physical activity offerings, new research from ukactive has revealed.

The findings – which were presented at the annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) in Germany last week (5th July) – show how the poorest 25 per cent of primary school children experience a drop in their fitness levels 18 times greater than the richest 25 per cent over the school summer holiday.

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