London 2012 is still not inspiring people in the host borough of Newham to take up sport. A recent report from UKActive showed that the borough was home to the least active population in England. A second host Borough, Barking and Dagenham, came second in the list. UKActive also highlighted the unsurprising finding that participation was lowest in the poorest parts of the county. But not only is poverty a marker for lower rates of activity so, perhaps surprisingly, is youth. Far from inspiring sport participation among the 'target' age group of 16-25 year olds the period after the Games witnessed an actual decline in activity in this age group.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 19/11/2014 - 00:29.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 05/07/2013 - 16:42.
‘I think the Vitality programme is absolutely brilliant – everything I stand for is echoed in the values of Vitality.’ These are the inane words of Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis, now earning a fast buck as a ‘Vitality Ambassadress’ through which she will ‘participate in a number of marketing activities…which add value to the Vitality proposition’. Diplomatically, she continues ‘we all love to be rewarded for our hard work to get healthy…’
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 27/02/2013 - 14:58.
Obesity in the UK continues to rise. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre for 2011 show there has been a marked rise in obesity rates over the past eight years, coinciding with the bid and lead up to London 2012. The HSCIC also raises the alarm about children’s body image, particularly among girls, with hospital admissions up 16% in the last year of the survey.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 25/02/2013 - 21:12.
Can the London 2012 Olympics ‘inspire a generation’ to do more physical or sporting activities?
An overview of systematic reviews
Increased levels of physical activity are linked with improved health and may play a key role in the prevention or treatment of most noncommunicable diseases.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games aims to leave a long-term legacy, which includes population level increases in physical and sporting activity.
We conducted a systematic review of systematic reviews to establish whether hosting an Olympic games leads to increased participation in such activities.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 10/01/2013 - 02:50.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 26/08/2012 - 14:19.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 10/08/2012 - 20:39.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 22/07/2012 - 11:25.
GamesMonitor has been sent a copy of a letter to a relative of a user of day centres for dementia sufferers. From a manager of dementia support at Waltham Forest, it reads:
Closure of day clubs during Olympics period
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 19/06/2012 - 08:40.
Press Release from Drop Dow Now
Monday the 21st May is 100 days to the Paralympic Games, a date marked with controversy due to Dow Chemical’s Paralympic sponsorship.
Campaigners have called for Dow’s sponsorship of the London Paralympic Games to be dropped due to Dow’s ownership of Union Carbide, the company responsible for the Bhopal gas disaster in 1984. The disaster killed over 20,000 and caused injury and illness to thousands more . Hundreds of children continue to be born every year with birth defects .
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 18/05/2012 - 19:02.