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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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19 Feb 2019
Elevate and ukactive tie the knot to strengthen event seminar programme
ukactive has signed a three-year partnership with physical activity trade show Elevate.
14 Feb 2019
IAAPA winter forum addresses crisis issues
Crisis management and public relations were mixed with water and wildlife as more than 60 attractions industry professionals from 14 countries attended trade association IAAPA’s EMEA Winter Forum in the Canary Islands, Spain, at the end of January 2019.
14 Feb 2019
Speakers announced for Women in Wellness event
The Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, set to take place on 12 March in New York City, has announced a host of speakers designed to motivate attendees and galvanise them to take charge of their careers and lead with confidence.
11 Feb 2019
AEG Facilities and SMG merge to create global venue management business
AEG Facilities and SMG has revealed plans to merge, creating a standalone global facility management and venue services company that will operate as ASM Global.
11 Feb 2019
Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from salvaged metals from recycled electronic devices
All medals at the Tokyo 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recycled electronic devices – such as discarded mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and other handheld devices.
08 Feb 2019
Seven sports secure UK Sport funding to help with Tokyo 2020 plans
Seven sports will receive extra funding to support their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
08 Feb 2019
Bryan Williams to receive the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award
Dr Bryan Williams will be the recipient of the 2019 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. Williams is an international speaker and author who first spoke to ISPA members in 2006 and focuses on service excellence and leadership effectiveness.
05 Feb 2019
Chris Evans launches RunFestRun event
Radio DJ and media personality Chris Evans has launched a new running and music festival.
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