Working together for health

The Register of Exercise Professionals has been working with the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) as part of its Joint Consultative Forum (JCF) – a group dedicated to working with six of the Royal Medical Colleges in order to promote exercise as a way of increasing good health and managing disease, and draw-up new standards in exercise referral.

The JCF is chaired by the FIA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr John Searle and includes representatives from the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, training providers, exercise professionals and REPS Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch.

She said: “Establishing this group is an historical step, it’s the first time that our two sectors have sat down together to focus on the benefits of a joint approach to working to improve the health of the nation, and the Register of Exercise Professionals is proud to be a part of this. As fitness professionals our members have long been aware of how their expertise can make a very real difference to people’s health, not just in general terms but also in treating specific medical conditions, and we are delighted to be able to work with the FIA and the medical colleges on increasing the number of exercise referrals.

“Since its inception one of the key aims of the Register of Exercise Professionals has been to professionalise the industry and gain the respect and trust of the medical profession. Our new entry framework and the introduction of the new level 4 specialist instructor category reflect this and will hopefully mean that our members are ready to meet the challenges and increased exercise referrals this new partnership will bring about.”

 

 

Are you ready?

Forget the January sales – are you ready for the rush of people determined to get into shape after the excesses of Christmas?

New Year’s resolutions to get fit traditionally make the post-holiday period a busy time for fitness professionals. The hard part can often be converting new joiners into regular, and long-term, clients.

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch explains: “People often start new regimes full of enthusiasm but can give up when progress doesn’t seem to be as swift as they’d hoped. This is one of the reasons we’ve produced our fantastic new Personal Training log-books, for members to give to clients.

“Packed full of useful advice, these spiral-bound A5 booklets, provide an ideal way for clients to log their sessions and track their goals and achievements. Keeping a record of how far you’ve come is a great motivator and can often be just the thing clients need to keep up their training sessions.”

The PT log-books are available to buy via the Members’ Area of the REPs website at a special introductory price of just £3.99 (plus postage and packing) and can be customised with company logos.

Also on sale are a range of posters, car-stickers, appointment cards and other marketing materials. See www.exerciseregister.org for more details.

Happy Healthy Holidays….

Happy Christmas to all our members and readers – and all very best wishes for a healthy New Year!

2011 promises to be an exciting year for the fitness industry – the new government white paper on promoting a more active lifestyle, the run-up to the Olympics and the interest in fitness and sport that will generate and the industry itself having to be ever-more creative to stay one step ahead of the recession are just some of the challenges we face.

At REPs we’re looking forward to promoting our message to the public as well as providing more support and marketing materials for our members. We’re also part of the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) as part of its Joint Consultative Forum (JCF) – a group dedicated to working with six of the Royal Medical Colleges in order to promote exercise as a way of increasing good health and managing disease, and draw-up new standards in exercise referral.

The JCF is chaired by the FIA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr John Searle and includes representatives from the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, training providers, exercise professionals and REPS Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch

The REPs team has also put together a new calendar of conventions – if you’ve not been to one before do come along – 97 per cent of delegates say they’ll rebook to take part in interactive workshops, hear keynote speakers and earn CPD points. The first convention is to be held in Cardiff, Wales, on Friday February 18th 2011. See www.exerciseregister.org for more details.

Pointing the way to a career in fitness…

The REPs team joined the SkillsActive Lounge at the Careers in Sport and Leisure Exhibition in Telford last week.

 

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch gave a presentation and was also interviewed by a professional interview in front of an audience of more than 100 delegates about getting into the industry.

 

Taff O’Donoghue from the REPs Council of Members was also there, running a number of practical sessions for delegates as well as helping to supervise a one-minute rowing competition for visitors.

 

Young people were encouraged to take part in the contest, organised by SkillsActive, in order to win one of two iPods.

 

More than 5,000 delegates visited the Lounge area as part of the show, which coincided with the launch of SkillsActives’ new interactive careers website (see www.skillsactive.com/careers for more information).

 

Visitors to the site can browse video introductions and a job bank that offers an in-depth guide to roles within the industries covered by SkillsActive including the fitness and leisure industry.

 

 

 

Health and Exercise – what the new Government White Paper means for the industry….

With the release of the long awaited Government white paper and the recent announcement of a radical new approach including the formation of a new integrated Public Health service we ask Georgina Jupp, Managing Director of CK Academy to take a look at some of the detail and consider its implications on our sector.

A full overview of the white paper and its ramifications will appear in the March issue of the Journal – why not let us know what you think of it too by either posting here or email sarah@sowrite.co.uk

So often it’s a bit like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack as we attempt to stamp our mark and role in any kind of structured sense. Yet again we find ourselves attempting to remonstrate and cajole key decision makers…or is that just my viewpoint? So let’s have an overview of the thrust of the paper as it directly relates to us.

Some stark facts around what our bad habits cost the NHS as if we needed convincing!

  • 1 in 5 adults smoke – with 80,000 people killed every year by smoking and a colossal £2.7bn cost to the NHS in England – YET only £150m spent on smoking cessation.
  • 2 out of 3 adults are overweight or obese with 30,000 people a year killed by obesity and an annual cost to the NHS of £4.2bn (trebling in the last 20 years)
  • 1 in 3 adults drink over the maximum daily amount with 26,000 deaths a year caused by alcohol related conditions and a cost of £3 bn for illness and injury
  • Musculoskeletal conditions, circulatory disease and mental health disorders account for over 70% of the burden of long stay ill health; many are directly related to lifestyle choices.
  • Dementia is expected to double by 2030 – lifestyle and diet have huge implications here and a cost to the NHS of £17b per year

The new Public Health Service will be THE principle advisory service on all health matters, with a dedicated responsibility to improve everyone’s health and well-being.

It will look to positively promote health behaviours and lifestyle adapting environments to make this easier and to encourage wide spread responsibility.

With development and implementation in its remit, it will work to involve local government, communities and GP consortia as they in turn become an integral part of local strategies over the next couple of years.

It will carry a strong message focusing on prevention rather than better treatment and declaring itself as a ‘public health service’ and NOT a national sickness service.

The White Paper focuses on a wealth of priorities; for the sake of this article I have included those that would appear to have the strongest links to our sector, namely:

  • Helping people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives, particularly improving the health of the poorest fastest,  (those living in the poorest areas will on average die 7 years earlier than those in richer areas and spend up to 17years more living with poor health).
  • ‘Unleashing innovative and liberating professional leadership’
  • Local government and communities will be central to improving health
  • In 2011 the DoH will publish a number of documents outlining the priorities; these include obesity, mental health and other ‘wider determinants of health’.
  • Taking better care of children and its impact on unhealthy lifestyles.
  • Being in work leads to better physical and mental health, saving the UK up to £100 billion per year by decreasing working-age ill health.
  • Changing behaviours to decrease premature death, illness including cancers, vascular dementias and over 30% of circulatory diseases.

‘At a glance’ connections for our sector include the introduction of:

  • The launch of physical activity initiatives for active ageing
  • Olympic and Paralympics style sports competitions offered to all schools from 2012.
  • The development of the ‘Change4Life’ campaign, (although this has been cut, so will be interesting to see what happens here).
  • Stronger incentives for GPs so that they play an active role in public health.

However, areas of concern include the ‘apparent’ lack of direct involvement of our sector so it remains to be seen how much impact we are allowed to have.

We are in interesting times, I alternate between feeling real excitement that our time has come and maddening feelings of sheer and utter frustration!

What should be so much more straightforward and all embracing is still such a hard slog, yes things are changing, and it’s undoubtedly true we do have a voice albeit not a very loud one!

BUT after so much effort, willingness and innovation why do I still feel like the poor relation? I want to see a real shift to prevention, efficacy and a sector focus on behaviour change, I know we CAN do it, working in collaboration with health, however we also need to look to ourselves and step up to the plate collectively and quickly.

We must address the issue of the right type of training and appropriate development of our staff; this is a whole article on its own!

We must integrate into our communities – however, hard it is. We have to speak to healthcare in THEIR language, prove we are providers of choice, have consistency and clarity around expectations and measurement and demonstrate real and tangible health outcomes for patients – shout  ‘the exercise is medicine’ message.

We need to look at our facilities and really ask ourselves if they are fit for purpose for this new way of thinking.

We have never been more vital to the health of the nation – however, is the model designed to help those most in need?

We must be recognised for so much more than purely increasing physical activity, too often we are put into this box without acknowledging all the other benefits we offer.

WE NEED TO REMAIN CRYSTAL CLEAR IN OUR FOCUS, STEADFAST, UTTERLY DETERMINED AND UNITED! – We are here to stay!

It’s snow joke….

Along with the rest of the country the REPs office in Croydon has been
hit by the inclement weather.

The team are all trying their best to keep things running smoothly but
very little post is being delivered and they wanted to apologise in
advance for any delay in normal service you may experience.

If there’s an issue you’re particularly concerned about, or want to
check if something you’ve posted has arrived do call on 020 8686 6464
or e-mail info@exerciseregister.org

Personal Training log-books now on sale!

Our fab new Personal Training log-books are now available to buy from via the Members Area of the REPs website – www.exerciseregister.org – at the introductory price of just £3.99 (plus postage and packing).

If you haven’t seen these already, do take a look. The spiral-bound A5 booklets have pages for your clients to detail and record their training schedules, progress and goals as well as useful information on nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The log-books can also be customised with your company logo, get in touch with Rebecca@exerciseregister.org to discuss alternative pricing options………

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