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Impact of exercise on dementia to be studied


Health researchers have been granted £124m funding to help challenge major health issues, including work on how to reduce the risk of dementia through exercise. The funds have been provided by the Department of Health and will look to impact the development of innovative treatments and techniques to improve healthcare. It’s also hoped the investment will stimulate the health research economy and attract future funding. Details: http://lei.sr?a=A3n3l


Independent mental health hospital Capio Nightingale in London has launched a dedicated weight management and obesity service. The psychological treatment programme will aim to offer a non-surgical, sustainable treatment to address the root causes of overeating. It will be aimed at obese people as


well as individuals who are classed as ‘pre-obese’ – those who need to change their lifestyle in order to maintain their long- term health. The service is also being offered to those who’ve tried and repeatedly failed to achieve or maintain weight loss, and those who have emotional issues with food. It includes a free initial consultation. Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma, joint-lead of the


Capio Nightingale Hospital obesity therapy team, says the incidence of overweight patient numbers is soaring in the UK, adding: “By carefully tailoring our programme to the individual needs of the patient, we can address the underlying psychological triggers for overeating.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=f7I2j


Defibrillators are saving lives at health clubs


Cardiac arrest survival odds better at fitness clubs


Sufferers of cardiac arrests at traditional fitness facilities have a higher chance of survival than at other indoor locations, according to a study published in the Journal of


the American College of


Cardiology. It’s thought the findings are in part down to earlier access to CPR equipment and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The study observed the frequency, treatment and outcomes of sudden cardiac arrests at both traditional and alternative exercise facilities.


Sefton Council launches its 37th outdoor gym


As part of an ongoing project to create outdoor gyms across the borough of Sefton, the council recently launched site number 37. The outdoor gyms, manufactured by


Caloo, are free to use and aim to encourage residents to use outdoor spaces, in addition to improving their health, wellbeing and levels of physical activity. Many of the gyms are linked to the council’s ‘Active Sefton’ programmes, which include walking and cycling initiatives. The scheme began in 2009, with a total investment of £400k.


12 Total Fitness has reduced its debts by more than £3m since January


UK NEWS Obesity tackled using psychology


Capio Nightingale: Free consultations for overweight people who might benefit from its new programme


Total Fitness’ results back on track


Total Fitness has filed its consolidated group accounts for 2012, which show an improvement on 2011, with the company’s EBITDA increasing 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. 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. Total Fitness is also pushing


ahead with its turnaround strategy, and investments are being made to refurbish clubs and develop IT. Board changes have also


occurred in the last eight months, with Brian Davidson and Warwick Ley (non- executive chair) appointed in December 2012, while Richard Millman came in as CEO in February of this year.


Tesco branches into yoga with new leisure destination


One of Tesco’s largest stores has unveiled a new shopping and leisure destination in Watford following a major renovation of its 7,430sq m (80,000 sq ft) Extra store. The transformation project at Watford Extra features a community space that customers can


Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital


use free of charge for events such as yoga, baby gym and cookery classes. This deal follows the announcement of a


partnership between Tesco and with budget gym chain Xercise4Less to open in-store fitness clubs (see p36).


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