Fighting Fit Again
FOLLOWING a hugely successful first visit back
in 2011, hundreds of competitors and spectators will return to
Southport from 15-17 February for the 2 day Keep Fit Association
The event, which has been taking place biennially since 1988, is
organised by national organisation the Keep Fit Association. The
competition will take place in the Southport Theatre and Convention
Centre's (STCC) Floral Hall with hundreds of contestants from all
over the UK aiming to win various coveted titles in exercise,
movement and dance.
In addition, the contest is expected to attract just over 400
spectators each day, for which tiered seating will be installed in
With visitors and contestants packing out the town's hotels and
spending time in the resort, the Keep Fit Association Championships
is expected to generate over half a million pounds of economic
benefit for the town.
Steve Christian, Tourism Marketing & Visitor Services Manager,
Southport Conferences explained;- "This will be the second
visit from the Keep Fit Association and we are delighted they have
chosen to return to us. Most of the contestants will bring their
friends and families along with them to watch them in action, making
a short holiday out of their visit to Southport. Whilst here, they
will spend money in our restaurants, shops and hotels, generating a
real boost for the local economy."
CCTV - THEFT BLUE ANCHOR PH,
MERSEYSIDE Police have issued CCTV of a man
that they would like to talk to about the theft of cash from a pub
in Southport before Christmas. Officers were called following
reports that a man had stolen a large amount of cash from the till
in the Blue Anchor public house, Tithebarn Road in Southport between
9.15 and 9.30am on Saturday, 16 December 2013. It is thought that
the man stole the money from the till and when confronted by the
manager, made an excuse and left.
Police are keen to trace the man in the CCTV as they think he may
have important information about the enquiry. Anyone who has
information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police on:-
0151 777 3437 or call Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
People urged to
get walking as figures show just a quarter of journeys are made by
DIABETES UK says the fact
that just 23% of journeys are made by foot compared to 64% by car or
van should act as a wake-up call for people to walk more. The
figures from the National Travel Survey suggest that people make an
average of 237 journeys by foot per year – less than once a day –
while they make an average of 609 journeys by car or van.
This is a concern because walking is a great way to incorporate
physical activity into your daily routine. Walking, along with other
physical activity, can play an important role in maintaining a
healthy weight, which in turn reduces risk of developing Type 2
diabetes. For the 3.7 million people in the UK who have diabetes,
regular physical activity is also important for managing their
To promote walking, Diabetes UK is launching a partnership with
Truvia, to encourage people to take on the challenge of a sponsored
walk. The Walk for Diabetes is a series of regional sponsored walks
that will be held around the country throughout 2013, with the aim
of getting people into the habit of walking, whilst at the same time
as raising vital funds for the charity.
Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said:- "Leading an
active lifestyle and eating a healthy balanced diet are important
steps to take to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, but rather
than having to run a marathon to make a difference, it can be the
little things that count as small long-term changes can make a real
long term difference.
This is why making the decision to walk or cycle to work instead of
driving is a great way of managing your weight. This, in turn, can
reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes and, for those people who have
diabetes, being regularly physically active is an important part of
managing your condition.
We hope that by giving people the incentive to get walking; our
partnership with Truvia can help people look after their health as
well as raising money to help us continue our vital work."
Tony Lucas, from Truvia in the UK said:- "We are delighted to
partner with Diabetes UK and launch the Walk for Diabetes series
across the country. Being more active and eating a balanced diet is
vital to staying healthy, and it is possible to make small changes
that can have a lasting impact without you even noticing or having
to compromise on taste; for example changing the sugar in your tea
to a natural sweetener such as Truvia. We look forward to
getting the message out there about how important it is to get
physically active and healthy to help reduce your risk of Type 2
The data on walking comes from the National Transport Survey, which
To find out more about the Walk for Diabetes regional walks visit:-
diabetes.org.uk and to find out more about Truvia