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08 Aug 2018
Obama Foundation fellow Alex Smith to speak at ukactive National Summit

Alex Smith, founder of Cares Family and a fellow at the Obama Foundation, will give a keynote speech on loneliness at the ukactive National Summit next month.

Smith set up Cares Family – a group of four community networks based in London, Manchester and Liverpool – in 2011. The project aims to help reduce loneliness in "rapidly changing cities" by connecting young professionals with their older neighbours.

Earlier this year he was selected from more than 20,000 applicants around the world to be one of the first 20 Obama Foundation fellows, in recognition of his work to address loneliness – described as one of society’s fastest growing problems.

"We live in an era of constant connection," Smith said.

"But we also live in a time when layered forces of globalisation, digitisation and transience are changing some communities faster than ever before, leaving many people feeling lonely and left behind.

"I'm really excited to be joining ukactive's National Summit 2018 to talk about how our activity – and especially our interactivity – can help us all to stay close to one another and living fulfilling lives, even in our rapidly changing world."

Loneliness will be high on the Government’s agenda over the coming months and years, with research showing it can be as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and one study finding a 64 per cent increased chance of developing clinical dementia.

The Commission on Loneliness was first set up by the late Jo Cox MP, and earlier this year sports minister Tracey Crouch was appointed to the newly created position of minister for loneliness.

“Loneliness and physical inactivity are intrinsically linked – and both have stark negative impacts on our health – raising our risk of early death significantly," said ukactive CEO Steven Ward.

"So, it’s fantastic that Alex will be speaking to us about how we can address these twin evils, to build more active, connected and healthy communities."

Smith completes the line up of keynote speakers for the ukactive National Summit 2018, which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London on 12 September.

Other confirmed speakers include health secretary Matt Hancock, deputy labour leader Tom Watson, legendary ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell and children’s commissioner Anne Longfield.

“Alex is an excellent addition to an already stellar line-up at National Summit 2018, bringing together heavyweights in politics, health, sport and dance to address some of society’s most pressing issues," Ward added.

Building on last year’s theme of physical activity as the ‘golden thread’ in solving society’s greatest challenges, National Summit 2018 will set out how the sector can deliver its full value by focusing on all stages of life; from childhood to the workplace and active ageing.

Two landmark research reports will be published at the event; one revealing the results of ukactive’s consultation on the best ways to get children more active, and the other showing the contribution a sector-wide active ageing strategy would make to health and social care targets.

For more information and the full agenda for the ukactive National Summit 2018 – and tickets for the event – see www.ukactive.com/national-summit



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18 Oct 2018
Alessandri, Clodagh, McCann lead GWS Wellness Awards
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) celebrated recipients of its 5th-annual Global Wellness Awards and the winners of its Shark Tank of Wellness student competition, all of which were announced at this year’s Summit at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy. More than 630 invitation-only delegates hailing from 50 countries attended this year’s sold-out Summit, and the 2018 Global Wellness Award recipients, determined by the GWS Advisory Board, were announced on the final day of the Summit, as follows:
17 Oct 2018
Bidding for 2026 Olympics could shrink to a two-horse race as Stockholm looks to pull out
The troubled bidding process for the 2026 could become a two-horse race, after a newly-elected Stockholm City Government said no taxpayer money should be "wasted" on hosting the Games.
16 Oct 2018
Birmingham 2022 organisers to involve local communities in Games planning
The Birmingham 2022 organising committee has launched a campaign which will allow local communities to have their say and help shape the city's Commonwealth Games.
05 Oct 2018
Four Seasons Lana’i wins ISPA’s Innovation of the Year award
Four Seasons Lana’i was named this year’s overall winner for ISPA Innovation of the Year award for its Zen Horse Sunset Yoga experience.
27 Sep 2018
Germany to host Euro 2024 after beating Turkey in final vote
Germany has beaten Turkey to host the Euro 2024 football tournament, after a vote by UEFA's Executive Committee.
25 Sep 2018
EAS 2018: Dutch politician Mona Keijzer opens Euro Attractions Show
Mona Keijzer, state of secretary for the Department of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, was on hand for the launch of this year's European Attractions Show (EAS) - the largest in the event's history.
19 Sep 2018
Edgbaston to increase capacity for Ashes test and World Cup
Edgbaston Stadium is increasing its capacity ahead of a bumper year of international cricket in 2019, when the venue will host an Ashes test as well as matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup.
18 Sep 2018
Tokyo preparing for 'transformative' Olympic Games
The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has pledged to use the 'power of sport to change the world', when it hosts the event in two years' time.
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