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Are these health and fitness startups the answer to UK’s £20bn inactivity crisis?

Are these health and fitness startups the answer to UK’s £20bn inactivity crisis?

24 November 2016

ActiveLab unveils 12 physical activity disruptors confirmed for startup accelerator which aims to revolutionise the way we move

A virtual reality chair to get computer gamers active, a wireless circuit that inspires movement in the workplace, a fitbit for strength training, and a fitness-themed community hub for older people. 

 

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ukactive response to 2016 Autumn Statement

ukactive response to 2016 Autumn Statement

23 November 2016

ukactive Executive Director Steven Ward said:

The government’s commitment to making our workforce more productive must be driven by an investment in people.

We know that an active workforce is a more productive workforce so it’s vital that we make it easier for our staff to exercise more.

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Landmark research project to shine light on solutions to inactivity crisis

Landmark research project to shine light on solutions to inactivity crisis

21 November 2016

ukactive Research Institute to partner National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and Public Health England on Promising Practice 2

The ukactive Research Institute has today (21 November) launched a major new research project to identify 'what works' for getting people more active.

With Britain's physical inactivity epidemic costing £20bn each year and causing 37,000 deaths, Promising Practice 2 aims to identify and stimulate scalable solutions to one of society's biggest challenges.

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Embed activity into children’s daily lives, Dr Steven Mann tells Good Morning Britain

Embed activity into children’s daily lives, Dr Steven Mann tells Good Morning Britain

21 November 2016

ukactive Research Director Dr Steven Mann reiterated calls for a major shake-up of youth physical activity provision this morning (21 November) after new research showed British children are among the least active in the world.

Dr Mann featured in the top story on ITV's flagship morning news programme Good Morning Britain, discussing the findings of a global report on children's activity levels presented to the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health. 

 

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Active Training Conference 2016 to explore secrets of a winning workplace culture

Active Training Conference 2016 to explore secrets of a winning workplace culture

16 November 2016

Jam-packed programme to feature high-level keynotes and lively debates on sector’s most pressing topics

ukactive has unveiled the full agenda for the Active Training Conference 2016, with a jam-packed schedule of world-class speakers set to highlight key aspects of building a winning workplace culture.

The key ingredients of what makes for a successful workplace culture and how companies can inspire one will be a major theme of this year’s Conference.

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Time for joined-up approach to health delivery, Tanni Grey-Thompson tells Daily Politics show

14 November 2016

ukactive Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson today (14 November) made an impassioned case for a £1bn regeneration scheme to save the NHS by transforming the UK's ageing fleet of leisure centres into modern wellness hubs. Appearing on BBC Two's Daily Politics show alongside heavyweight MPs Chuka Umunna, Damian Collins and Yvette Cooper, Baroness Grey-Thompson said it's time for a "joined-up approach to health delivery," with a greater focus on prevention over cure. 

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Invest £1bn to make leisure centres the new NHS frontline

Invest £1bn to make leisure centres the new NHS frontline

06 November 2016

Focus on illness over wellness will bankrupt the NHS, warns health body 

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will today call for a £1bn regeneration scheme to save the NHS by transforming the UK's ageing fleet of leisure centres into its new preventative frontline.

The Chair of not-for-profit health body ukactive is urging for the Government's new industrial strategy to leverage cross-sector funding to replace 1970s-era leisure centres with community wellness hubs. These would combine swimming pools, gyms and sports halls, with GP drop-in centres, libraries and police services, to create a one-stop-shop for public services and empower the public to take greater responsibility for leading a healthy lifestyle. 

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