Posts filed under “Research”

How obese will English adults be in 2020?

The UK-based National Heart Forum has recently published a report outlining obesity trends for the period to 2020. You can read the full report here. Or, you can read my quick summary below: UK National Heart Forum Report February 2010 View more presentations from Ray Algar

2010 Health and Fitness Trends

I’ve crawled all over the web to get a sense of how people and exercise are likely to connect as we enter a new year . What follows is a number of ‘trending’ themes and then my interpretation of why people will be attracted. Clicking on a red word will take you ...

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Just 0.8 Health Clubs Visits Per Week

I was in a recent meeting with a representative from one of the UK's largest health club chains and discussion moved on to the average weekly attendance of their members. This is where the 0.8 figure comes from. This represents the average weekly attendance by all members over the course ...

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Social Climate Analysis – straight from Bilbao

Have just returned from meeting Jon Moody from Asomo in Bilbao. Asomo has developed a system that allows on-line comments on web logs and discussion forums to be analysed - quite an achivement when you consider there are presently 55 million web logs! This allows company's to understand what people ...

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The Book’s down under

Mastering Health Club Management is now being furiously despatched to all corners of the globe. I was delighted this week when our first order arrived from a health club owner in Australia, while another company is reviewing it for distribution in New Zealand. To take a peep at the first ...

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A Merging of Minds

Good meeting held with Neil Burton of Deloitte last week where I found out more about their new Health Club Benchmark Survey. Most of the largest UK club chains are submitting monthly data, which then allow them to compare operational performance against a pre-determined set of competitors or an entire ...

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If you’re obese would you please leave the health club

For those health clubs in the weight loss business, you'd better watch out. The UK firm, Alizyme, has reported good results from trials involving 612 clinically obese patients and its obesity drug, Cetilistat, for diabetics. Patients involved in the trials lost significant amounts of weight and their diabetes became less ...

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Dying to be a Football Manager

I’ve often had a little chuckle to myself, when three matches into the start of the new British football season, managers start to get sacked for delivering poor results – yes, that’s the grand total of 270 minutes of football! Now the League Managers Association has just released some health data ...

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A Health Club Very Near You!

I am just finishing off a report for a client on another health club acquisition in Manchester. What’s very interesting about this one is the level of competition. Draw a circle three miles from the target club and how many competing facilities would you expect?...5…10...20…31. In fact, it’s 31. How ...

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We Would Like to Operate, but You’re Too Fat!

An interesting development in policy as the UK National Health Service (NHS) begins to deny hip and knee replacements to people classed as obese (with a body mass index of 30 or more) as reported in the Times this week. The rationale being that lighter patients have better recovery and ...

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