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Paralympics can banish ‘hidden barriers’ to activity, says Tanni Grey-Thompson

26 August 2016

Former Paralympian and Crossbench Peer says better attitudes and staff training as well as more inclusive marketing communications needed to inrease number of active disabled people

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has called for a major shake-up of physical activity provision to remove the hidden barriers blocking disabled people from being more active.

The Crossbench Peer, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals as a wheelchair athlete, said the the impact of this summer's Paralympic Games must be harnessed to challenge both the positive and negative stereotypes of disability and spark a culture change across the UK's sports clubs and leisure facilities.

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Active Training Awards 2016 to shine spotlight on the future of physical activity sector skills

Active Training Awards 2016 to shine spotlight on the future of physical activity sector skills

23 August 2016

Entries now open for prestigious Active Training Awards, this year featuring full day Conference for the first time

ukactive and CIMSPA have announced an expanded format for this year’s Active Training Awards, sponsored by Active IQ, which will feature a full day Conference ahead of the highly-anticipated awards ceremony.

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ukactive response to Childhood Obesity Strategy

18 August 2016

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, ukactive Chair, said:

We support the government’s ambition to address the major issue of childhood obesity and believe it’s vital that we treat physical inactivity with the same importance if we are to overcome an impending health crisis.

An inactive childhood means you are twice as likely to be an obese adult and shortens your lifespan by up to five years.

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Tanni Grey-Thompson kicks off National Fitness Day countdown with #Fitness2me campaign

Tanni Grey-Thompson kicks off National Fitness Day countdown with #Fitness2me campaign

11 August 2016

Crossbench Peer launches social media drive with National Fitness Day less than one month away

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has fired the starter pistol on the final sprint towards National Fitness Day 2016 by kicking off an innovative social media campaign celebrating the power of fitness.

Taking place on Wednesday 7th September, this year’s National Fitness Day, the biggest annual celebration of fitness and physical activity across the UK, will see leading retailer Argos become the headline partner, as well as offering a whole host of exciting activities throughout its 842 stores.

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ukactive responds to BIT Calorie Counting report

ukactive responds to BIT Calorie Counting report

09 August 2016

Following the publication of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) report Counting Calories: How under-reporting can explain the apparent fall in calorie intake, ukactive Executive Director Steven Ward has reiterated the primary importance of regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The report suggested that higher-than-reported calorie consumption was the cause for rising levels of obesity and said that tackling physical inactivity should not become a distraction from cutting public calorie intake.

However, the report conceded that Britons do consume fewer calories now than they did in the 1970s – when obesity levels started to increase – coinciding with a significant drop in physical activity. Critics also pointed out that the report highlighted human tendencies of under-reporting calorie consumption to support its key points, without allowing for the established fact that humans also tend to over-report their levels of physical activity.

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