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ukactive Kids Forum: ‘Crunch time’ for activity providers

ukactive Kids Forum: ‘Crunch time’ for activity providers

29 September 2016

Leading figures from across the physical activity agenda met at the ukactive Kids Forum in London today (29 September) to explore key areas of focus in the battle to get the UK's children moving.

Having recently set out its long-term strategy to tackle youth inactivity by engaging teachers, parents and policymakers, ukactive Kids brought together major children’s activity providers with senior figures from the Department of Health, Sport England and London Sport for a morning of seminars and discussions on the rapidly-evolving youth activity landscape.

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Earning our All Blacks shirts at the 2016 Future Leaders Programme

Earning our All Blacks shirts at the 2016 Future Leaders Programme

26 September 2016

Earning Our All Blacks Shirt…..

Regardless of the 'Work is more than important than family comment', the Sean Fitzpatrick speech at the Flame conference and awards left me wishing I could be part of something of that magnitude. The responsibility handed down, by a family member, friend or former All Black allowed for the culture to continue of one of the most successful sporting teams through each generation.

Unfortunately the cigarettes and alcohol put pain to any sporting career I had, or maybe it was my lack of willpower, but on the 22nd July 2016, I received my proverbial shirt at the close of the UK Active Future Leaders Course.

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Give activity the green light by investing in parks, says ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson

Give activity the green light by investing in parks, says ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson

20 September 2016

In response to today’s new research in the journal Preventative Medicine, which estimates outdoor exercise delivers £2.2bn of health benefits to adults in England each year, ukactive has called for continued investment in parks to tackle the nation’s inactivity crisis.

Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of ukactive, said: “Whatever the weather, our parks play an integral part of our lives - places where we relax, play, and exercise, so it’s vital that we invest in them.

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The graveyard shift: Our offices are killing us, now is the time to fight back

The graveyard shift: Our offices are killing us, now is the time to fight back

16 September 2016

Forgive me for sounding alarmist, but if you’re reading this at your desk then there could be deadly consequences. Not from this modest article of course, but from the toxic toll that sedentary office culture is taking on our health.

Where once it was Victorian workhouses, unsafe mine shafts and asbestos insulations that were the scourges of our workforce, today it is the humble office. A more anodyne threat, you might say, but inactive workplaces are far more deadly than any of our former foes.

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Why an active future is our only option - Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Why an active future is our only option - Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

14 September 2016

Wednesday 7th September will be an important day for me for two reasons. Firstly, it is the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics in Rio. London 2012 transformed so many people’s perception of disability sport, and made household names of David Weir and Ellie Simmonds amongst many others. And although I will be attending the Rio Games as a commentator, as opposed to a competitor, my pride and excitement at being associated with that wonderful event will be undiminished.

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