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HEALTH & FITNESS


Funding given to research exercise and dementia


Researchers have been granted £124m in funding to help challenge major health issues, including work on how to reduce the risk of dementia through exercise. Te money is to be spent by experts from


13 leading research teams, who will spend the next five years on their projects. Recent studies have suggested exer-


cise could stimulate parts of the brain associated with memory, reducing the progression of mild cognitive impairment. Details: http://lei.sr?a=q2V2a


Total Fitness says it’s back on track


Total Fitness has filed its con- solidated group accounts for 2012, which show an improve- ment on 2011, with the company’s EBITDA increas- ing to £2.6m on £29.7m sales. Half-year trading results


to 30 June 2013 also show the business has managed to reduce debts by more than £3m since January, while also achieving increased levels of profit growth. Total Fitness membership


levels have increased by 5.2 per cent this year. Like-for- like membership growth is understood to be ahead of the sector average and retail industry LFL sales performance so far. The company is pushing ahead with its


Te investments are being made to refurbish clubs and develop IT


turnaround strategy and investments are being made to refurbish clubs and develop IT. Board changes have also occurred in


Te 2,000 sq ſt studio will have 26 exercise bikes


Peter Guy launches GymWorks in Chorley


Fitness industry veteran Peter Guy has launched GymWorks – a 13,000 sq ft health club in one of Europe’s largest urban developments in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, Lancashire. Guy, who started his 26-year career in fitness with JJB and most recently as head of leisure for DW Sports, has partnered with property developer Craig Winstanley. Te pair have invested £600,000 in the


140-station gym, which is located at the historical BAA Systems Aviation House. Equipment has been supplied by Precor.


Pure Pilates studio in Ilkley doubles in size


Kirstin Ferrie, the former personal pilates teacher of the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, has expanded her pilates studio in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Ferrie launched the Pure Pilates studio


in May 2010 and in the first month had a two-year waiting list of clients. Due to the popularity of her classes, she is now nearly doubling the size of the site.While the original studio space will benefit from new equipment, there will also be a private studio are one to one work.


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the last eight months, with Brian Davidson and Warwick Ley (non-executive chair and director) appointed in December 2012, while Richard Millman came in as CEO in February and Andy Mellor as finance director in May. Details: http://lei.sr?a=n9o1g


£3m funding boost for Change4Life


Te Department of Health is investing an extra £5m in get- ting children and families to exercise and play more sports. Most of the funding will


be divided between the Youth Sport Trust (£3m) and Play England (£1.1m), while the remaining £1m will be shared between eight cities to improve walking initiatives. Youth Sport Trust will


use the grant to set up new Change4Life School Sports Clubs in areas with the highest childhood obesity, extending the network of 8,000 clubs already established in the UK. Play England will invest its £1.1m to help


residents and encourage children and families to play together on their streets, reviving old favourites like hopscotch and hide-and-seek.


Sports clubs will be set up in areas with high childhood obesity


The £1m for walking initiatives has been made available to the eight cities which were awarded the Department for Transport Cycling Cities Ambition Grant earlier this month. Details: http://lei.sr?a=J7u1A


Childhood obesity decreases in the United States


Te United States childhood obesity crisis may be lessening, according to new research released by the government. Data from the Pediatric Nutrition


Surveillance System, compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control, looked at the


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height and weight of 11.6million preschool children from 43 US states and territories who were enrolled in the government’s nutrition assistance programme between 2008 and 2011. Te research accounted for differences due to race, age and sex. Details: http://lei.sr?a=c0S1m


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