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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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08 Aug 2018
Grupo Vidanta to host Deepak Chopra-led retreat
Resort developer Grupo Vidanta will host its inaugural Vidanta Wellness Retreat at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta in November, offering guests a wellness-inspired vacation led by health expert Deepak Chopra. The weekend retreat will offer a series of conferences, workshops and activities available to both resort guests and to the general public.
07 Aug 2018
Alberta Ferretti to give keynote at GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced today that acclaimed fashion designer Alberta Ferretti will deliver a keynote speech at this year's summit.
06 Aug 2018
First US Hot Springs Conference announced for November
The first-ever US Hot Springs Conference will take place 7-9 November in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
31 Jul 2018
The Lanesborough Spa partners with Villa Stéphanie and Dr Harry König for new wellness residency
Luxury health and lifestyle member's club The Lanesborough Club & Spa in Belgravia, London, has announced a new four-day wellness residency with Dr Harry König.
30 Jul 2018
World Architecture Festival: Sir David Adjaye, Sir Peter Cook and Reinier de Graaf to speak
November 2018’s World Architecture Festival (WAF), at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center, will have a speaker list boasting some of the biggest names in architecture.
30 Jul 2018
CIDESCO to celebrate diversity with International Beauty Day 2018
Comite International d'Esthetique et de Cosmetologie (CIDESCO), an international standard setter for the beauty and spa industries, has announced plans to celebrate diversity in the beauty industry at this year's CIDESCO International Beauty Day.
26 Jul 2018
Daymond John to receive 2018 ISPA Humanitarian Award
Business leader and entrepreneur Daymond John will receive the ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 2018 ISPA Conference and Expo this September.
23 Jul 2018
Made for Life Foundation announces SpaFest lineup
The Made for Life Foundation has unveiled details of its conference programming for SpaFest – a two-day event focusing on people, planet and health.
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