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heaLth & fitness ‘Little change’ in Welsh habits

New research from the Welsh Government has reported “lit- tle change” in physical activity levels over the last eight years, with one-in-three adults found to do no exercise. Welsh Health Survey:

Physical Activity, 2010 uses data sourced from the Welsh Health Survey and provides an overview of physical activ- ity across the country. It was produced on behalf

of the Welsh Government by NatCen Social Research, which has carried out the sur- vey of 15,000 adults and 3,000 children since 2003-04. Among the results of the latest study is that

Around 30 per cent of adults were active for more than five days a week

34 per cent of adults reported no “active days”, while 30 per cent were active for more than five days in the week-long reporting period. Levels decline as age increased – particularly among the male demographic – and Powys

was the county with the highest proportion of physically active people. More than half (52 per cent) of children

between four- and 15-years-old did more than five days of physical activity, while 12 per cent reported no physical activity. Read more:

DLL launches mobile app for UK market

Health club operator David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has announced the launch of a free UK mobile app for mem- bers and non-members. Te app is currently avail-

able for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices and will soon be available on android systems. It includes a club finder and downloadable timetables for courses and classes. It also features searchable

profiles of personal trainers and tennis coaches, as well as introductory exercise video guides and photo galleries of club facilities. Additional services are available for mem-

Te new app is designed to increase retention and attract new members

bers, as DLL hopes the app to work as a retention tool. Tese services include: a cus- tomised dashboard enabling users to view

the information that matters to them; a club ‘check-in’- allowing members to record their club visits; and timetables to view and down- load schedules for courses and classes. Read more:

Three new leisure centres for Everyone Active

Everyone Active has opened two new leisure venues in Daventry and Ely, while also renew- ing its contract to operate Waterfield Leisure Centre in Melton Mowbray. All three centres will be operated in part- nership with their respective local authorities


and recently received a combined total of £3m worth of improvements. Daventry Leisure Centre, operated on behalf

of Daventry District Council, has undergone a £500,000 modernisation programme. Read more:

Twitter: @leisureopps Britons’ healthy life expectancy is on the increase

ONS: UK residents living longer, healthier lives

People in the UK are living longer, healthier lives than ever before according to an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report. Te healthy life expectancy increased

by more than two years between 2005 and 2010, with more than 75 per cent of a life- time spent in good health from birth. Te figures do, however, differ regionally.

While the proportion of life spent in very good or good general health is increasing in England and Wales it is, on the whole, fall- ing in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Read more:

DC Leisure secures Horsham contract renewal

DC Leisure has secured a renewal of its management deal to operate three facilities on behalf of Horsham District Council. The deal – which followed a bidding

process involving five organisations - will see DC Leisure continue to manage Te Pavilions in the Park, Steyning Leisure Centre and Billingshurst Leisure Centre for a 10-year period from 1 December. Te new contract includes a detailed per-

formance monitoring system to ensure that important participation. Read more:

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YMCA refurbishes two Y+ Fitness gyms in London

YMCA London South West’s Y+ Fitness gyms – Surbiton and Hawker Centre, Kingston – are being transformed as part of refurbishments at both locations. Te 285sq m (3,068sq ſt) facility at YMCA

Surbiton has already been unveiled follow- ing its faceliſt, with 32 stations of Precor cv equipment installed. Meanwhile, the revamp of the 225sq

m (2,422sq ſt) facility at YMCA Hawker Centre is part of a wider development and will feature a new studio when complete. Read more:

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