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March 2014


Activity must be at the core of kids’ development


Your recent news story on the lack of UK policy towards increasing children’s exercise levels (HCM Jan 14, p11) was an interesting read. With the government not taking the necessary steps to create a national strategy for activity, it seems that we as an industry need to take action and support local communities and the education sector in generating behavioural change in early years. At the end of last year, Precor


800-calorie-a-day diet: “Too far below the recommendations for good health”


Crash diets won’t aid long- term health and weight loss


I was interested to read your news story on new research that suggests a short- term crash diet can reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes (HCM Feb 14, p15). Early speculation on the results


of such a dietary trial need to be treated with caution: nothing has been conclusively proven at this stage. Crash diets such as this often attract


attention as they only require a short period of focus and promise quick results. As such, their appeal extends beyond the study’s sample of type 2 diabetics to the many people who constantly struggle with their weight. It’s vital that the correct messages


are promoted in the press; it naeeds to be made clear that this sort of crash diet won’t support long-term health and weight loss. This 800-calorie a day diet, studied by


Newcastle University, is too far below the recommended daily calorific intake – 1,950 (women) and 2,450 (men) – that are advised for good health. In the initial trial in 2011, the diet was maintained for two months; even then,


participants described how difficult it was to adhere to due to constant hunger and bouts of fatigue. In the proposed follow-up trial, the diet will be carried out for up to 20 weeks to determine safety over a longer period of time. The experts who ran the trial suggested


such an extreme diet should only be applied under close medical supervision. However, there’s always a risk that the general public may try to copy such an approach on their own in their efforts to lose weight – and risk negatively affecting their health in the process. Our advice to diabetic individuals is to


reduce sugar and starchy carbohydrate intake, avoid processed foods where possible, and return to higher quality, nutrient-dense foods as a much more successful way to reduce and even improve their symptoms. This approach is underpinned by a significant body of scientific evidence that has been published in the last 10 to 15 years.


Ben Pratt Northern tutor manager, Premier Training


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All kids must have a chance to be active during the school day


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launched a whitepaper – Engaging Children and Young People in Physical Activity – in conjunction with ukactive, which showed that activity levels plummet between the ages of 10 and 15 years. This is the window we should be most worried about, as despite the fact that the positive effect of activity is clear both on physical and psychological wellness, schools are finding ways to incorporate it ever more challenging. The whitepaper summarises the


main challenges for key groups – such as girls, boys, obese children and disabled children – and then outlines suggestions on how to tackle the issues, making sure everyone has the opportunity to participate in a physical activity during the school day. With kids’ obesity and physical


inactivity levels rapidly rising, we cannot wait for the government to step in. The fitness industry can play a key role in ensuring our children grow up aware of the importance of being physically active. At Precor, we believe this should be at the core of every child’s development.


Jonathan Griffiths UK marketing manager, Precor


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