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Time for health delivery action is now, says Stalker


Indie fuses fitness with physio


Stalker urged the physical activity sector to seize its public health delivery chance


ukactive CEO David Stalker has said now is the time for the physical activity sector to step forward and take action to become a ‘central pillar of the public health strategy’. During his keynote speech on the second day of Leisure Industry Week at Birmingham’s NEC, Stalker said the industry must begin to lay the foundations for growth by harnessing the knowledge gained from a broad range of recent research projects. Having established the extent of the


UK’s inactivity epidemic and the impact it is having on the NHS, Stalker believes the physical activity sector must now seize its chance to become a health delivery partner – an opportunity previously identified as being worth up to £8bn to the industry. Stalker concluded that, if the activity sector can improve in key areas, it will be ideally placed to become the centre of health delivery at both national and local levels. Details: http://lei.sr?a=M5n7H


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A new independent health club in Christchurch, Dorset, is bidding to bring healthcare and fitness under one roof as part of an enhanced integrative offering. Manoj Patel, a chartered physiotherapist, is


the brains behind Urban Health and Fitness – a health club venture which aims to provide a joint package of care to members through qualified PTs and a team of physiotherapists and chiropractors. In addition to around 165 exercise classes a month, the facility – which opened at the start of September – offers specialised back care pilates classes as it bids to cater for as wide a market as possible. “Our focus is on engaging people who want to change their lifestyle,” said Patel. “At


some point, people will consider a more active lifestyle and we offer one solution to this. A small club such as Urban Health and Fitness cannot afford to target pockets of people. We must engage and be accommodating to any person that comes through the door.” The 297sq m (3,200sq ft) gym features a


range of cardio machines (from Bodycharger in Taipei) and resistance machines (from Shanxi Yeekang Fitness products in China) which Patel sourced during his visit to FIBO 2013 in Germany. There’s also a free weights section, a separate rooftop yoga and pilates studio, as well as specialist fitness equipment designed for rehab patients from the club’s health clinic. Details: http://lei.sr?a=q5U2G


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