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400,000+ readerS leisure opportunities 24 july – 6 august 2012 ISSUE 585 Daily news & jobs: Study reveals impact of inactivity

A new study published in medical journal Te Lancet has claimed that sedentary lifestyles and a lack of phys- ical exercise are responsible for 5.3 million deaths – as many as smoking – through- out the world. Te report has concluded that the problem is now so widespread that it should be treated as a pan- demic. Physical inactivity is said to be the “fourth leading cause of death worldwide”. Te report stated: “A sys-

tems approach that focuses on populations and the com- plex interactions among the correlates of physical inac- tivity, rather than solely a behavioural science approach focusing on individuals, is the way forward to increase physical activity worldwide.” FIA chief executive officer David Stalker said of the report: “Te statistics reported by the

Coastal residents are ‘healthier’, says report

Te European Centre for Environment and Human Health has found that people are “more likely” to have better health if they live nearer the coast. Its report used data from the 2001

census undertaken in England to examine how health levels varied across the country, with responses from more than 48 million people. Researchers from the centre looked

at the proportion of people who described their health as “Good” and compared the figure with how close those participants were to the coast. Read more:


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Te research explored the cost of short breaks

Family Action: UK families ‘priced out’ of short breaks

Family Action has claimed that high prices charged by attractions and service provid- ers in the UK are preventing families from enjoying short domestic trips. Te charity’s report – Breaking the Bank,

Inactivity is thought to be the “fourth leading cause” of global deaths

researchers are certainly shocking but should not come as a surprise; the link between health and physical activity is well established.” Read more:

Four bidders for Olympic Stadium

Te London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has received four bids to take over the Olympic Stadium following the 2012 Games. West Ham United Football Club – originally

named as preferred bidder for the venue last year before the deal collapsed amid legal chal- lenges – is among the latest submissions. Meanwhile, Leyton Orient Football Club –

one of the two clubs to challenge the decision to award the stadium to West Ham United – has also submitted a bid for the stadium. Te other bidders are Intelligent Transport

Services in partnership with Formula One and UCFB College of Football Business. All four will now be assessed for compliance.

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Two football clubs are among the four stadium bids • In addition to confirming the four Olympic

Stadium bids, LLDC has revealed that iCITY is to be awarded sole preferred bidder status for the Press and Broadcast Centres. Read more:

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Summer on a Shoestring – surveyed 2,200 families and also looked into the cost of some of the UK’s most popular days out. In its conclusions, Family Action states

that the average cost of a day out is around £80 and, as a result, 61 per cent of partici- pants are looking to cut back on days out. Read more:

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