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Sheffield Support for Local Boxer

April 24, 2014 in Community Issues, Events, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Sport, Uncategorized

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 Left to right: Peter Moulam (PJ taste founder) , Adam Etches (IBF  youth middleweight title boxer), John Fitzpatrick (PJ taste founder)

  

Sheffield based professional boxer Adam Etches, aka the bomber, tasting success with support from caterers PJ Taste

 Adam Etches, promoted by the boxing legend Ricky Hatton, still remains unbeaten as he aims to bring back titles to his hometown of Sheffield. But, apart from the boxing, Adam’s active lifestyle and nutrition forms the backbone of his success in the sport. FunMeFit decided to catch up with Adam and find out more about his new partnership with local business P J taste.

PJ taste, based at 249 Glossop road Sheffield, know a thing or two about the importance of nutritious and healthy food. Best of all you don’t have to be a professional sports person to benefit from eating it with all the ingredients sourced locally.

PJ taste are providing Adam with a delicious range of wholesome foods to complement his high intensity training schedule, and to make sure his body recovers with the help of a balanced and carefully planned meal plan.

 

Adam said, “P J taste are providing me with meals throughout the week to allow me to concentrate on my training and boxing, which is fantastic. I generally pick up my freshly prepared food for the day from their shop. I’m really appreciative of the support they are giving me. I cannot emphasise the importance of eating ‘clean’ food – by that I mean balanced meals that provide essential nutrients that can benefit anyone, not just a boxer. It’s fantastic to have the support of local business”.

 

FunMeFit are working with Adam to follow his journey through the sport of boxing, and to help create awareness of his excellent work raising funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Fulfilling his role as ambassador for the Charity, Adam hopes to raise vital funds by joining another boxer, Scott Jenkins and matchmaker Richard Poxon, to cycle the famous ‘La Mont Blanc’ – a gruelling 138km ride through the Italian Alps in July 2014.

We will feature more on Adam, and his challenge, however in the meantime if you would like to follow Adam’s meal plan with PJ taste there is a special blog at Adam Etches a week of nutritionally balanced meals – why not take a look.

 

If you would like to support Adam’s fundraising efforts for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity you can do so at justgiving.com

We are looking forward to welcoming Adam and P J Taste as members of FunMeFit soon so you can stay updated about their great work in the community.

                                                                           Pictures courtesy of the Sheffield Star

 

Championship Boxing 26th April – Sheffield

Adam is also due to fight in the Championship Boxing Event this weekend at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. If you’d like more information, click on the image below to be taken to the Ricky Hatton Promotions Website.

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Get Noticed in 2014

March 5, 2014 in Community Issues, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Products & Reviews, Uncategorized, Website Updates

As many of you have heard, we’re now working alongside Sheffield-based design agency Foster and Scott to help businesses and organisations raise awareness, communicate with their audience and look good doing it.

Unfortunately, the times of putting a sign outside your shop as the only means to market yourself are long gone. Now more businesses, charities and organisations have to incorporate social media, a website, branding, events and so much more into their business strategy just to get noticed. If someone passes your shop in the car and they’re interested in what you’re selling but they don’t have the time to stop, where do you think they will find out more about you? You’ll be typed into Google and hopefully, your website and associated links/listings will pop straight up.

Some people might not look twice if your business doesn’t connect with them. Connecting with your audience is all about branding, good design and knowing how to attract your passers-by through good marketing i.e. events, offers and even some good flyers and posters. That’s why we’ve teamed up with another positive business that also works to raise the profiles of businesses in the community but who can offer services to compliment what FunMeFit offers its members.

For many FunMeFit members, listing on the directory and community is just one way to get noticed. Yes, we’re not the biggest website in the world but every little helps and if you Google your business, your listing on FunMeFit will appear – hopefully close to the top.

Although we mostly focus on promoting health, sport and well-being related businesses and organisations, by teaming up with Foster and Scott, we’re going to be able to help a wider range of businesses across the UK community.  Their portfolio is impressive and with services ranging from website design to branding, digital communications and photography, we’re looking forward to getting more businesses and organisations noticed in 2014, together.

www.fosterandscott.com

www.fosterandscott.com

 

www.funmefit.com

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There’s no time like the present to start communicating effectively with your audience, getting your website right, getting consistent branding for your services and raise your profile.

Get in touch if you’d like to chat about branding, websites, marketing, digital communications and more!

info@funmefit.com
info@fosterandscott.com
You can see Foster and Scott’s portfolio or read more about them here: www.fosterandscott.com

What Makes Sheffield A Happy City?

February 19, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Other, Sport, Uncategorized

Sheffield has recently been crowned as the happiest city in the UK, according to a new study by the Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group (TCSG).

It has also been and continues to be a landmark city for many other reasons. It’s primary nickname is ‘The City of Steel,’ which refers to Sheffield’s industrial heritage but in more recent years, it’s become known as one of the best cities in the UK for sport, for music and for the locally-made dinner accompaniment, Henderson’s Relish. Yum.

Despite its industrial history, Sheffield can boast an extraordinary amount of beautiful green space and woodland for its happy inhabitants to enjoy:

 

  • 13 City Parks

  • 20 District Parks

  • 50 Local Parks (including public gardens)

  • 1,600 acres of nature reserves

  • 170 Woodland areas – 80 of these are classed as ancient

  • “The South West Boundary of the city overlaps with the PeakDistrictNational Park, the first national park in England”.

  • “Sheffield has a reputed 2 million trees and is known as the greenest city in Europe”.[158] Wikipedia, 2013

There is access to green outdoor space no matter where you live in the city and although we Sheffielders may not be known as the healthiest or fittest community in the UK, it’s worth the consideration that this is why we’re the happiest.

So, where is the best place to get our daily outdoor dose of exercise in Sheffield? Well, apart from the obvious abundance of small local parks, there is a special place that the people of this green city would recommend to anyone:

The Peak District National Park – It has to be in the top spot as it is the most stunning place to visit in the UK, in my opinion.

The question isn’t what can you do here but is what can’t you do here? It’s highly used by ramblers (walkers), mountain bikers, climbers, horse riders and the average family as a day out destination. It has 1,800 miles of public footpaths so there’s little chance of boredom. Wikipedia, 2013

Sheffield is privileged to have part of this national treasure fall within its perimeters and who knows, perhaps one day, with a little encouragement from FunMeFit, the people of Sheffield will not only be the happiest but the fittest and healthiest in the UK.

By Kate Hill

Founder, FunMeFit

An Enterprising Team in 2014!

January 29, 2014 in Community Issues, Education, Events, News, Opportunities, Regular Updates, Uncategorized, Website Updates

Welcome to 2014! We hope it’s looking like a positive year so far and that all our Visitors, Members, Followers and Likers have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, for those who celebrate these festivities. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Late last year, we started a project with The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy based at The Sheffield College. We created the project for a group of students to work on that would be beneficial to the business and help them build skills instrumental to daily business management. So, since a lot of what we do is effectively marketing and promoting our lovely members, what better project to share than one of a marketing nature? 

The team were tasked initially with getting the FunMeFit name out there and helping FunMeFit get more members. We looked at ways to effectively attract more businesses to our new directory and the students were forthcoming with their research and marketing ideas. Their findings and suggestions lead to a number of changes to the FunMeFit website that visitors and members can expect to see in the coming weeks. We’ll also be promoting FunMeFit as a directory in 2014 and hopefully, our members will go on to recommend us to friends, family and colleagues so that we can grow as a network encouraging health, well-being and fitness in the community.

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Ben, Aaron, Kate (FunMeFit) and Jhuma from The Sheffield College.

 

The team’s role has now developed into helping FunMeFit with a specific marketing avenue – a charity fundraiser. We hope that this will be a great way for them to learn about how businesses can really get involved in the community but also how fundraisers can be used to raise awareness for businesses too. We’ve already been proud to help many businesses, organisations and charities with fundraising efforts and last year, FunMeFit was thrilled to raise over £300 for the Sheffield branch of The Sick Children’s Trust. We also helped other charities with their fundraising and awareness raising.

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So this year, we look forward to continuing our positive community work and growing as a network and a business. We hope our members can share our work with others and we welcome our newest members to the community.

Useful Links:

The FunMeFit Business Directory

The Sheffield College

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

For charity fundraising marketing materials – Foster & Scott (Sheffield-based print & digital designers)

 

 

‘Tis the Season to be SAD!

December 5, 2013 in Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Women

Christmas is a time of year many people associate with plump turkeys, presents overflowing beneath a bauble-studded Christmas tree and children/domesticated animals gambolling around a quaint family home. Other people may think of it as a time where we consume a bit too much sherry, definitely too much rich food and suffer the familiar family dispute (or two).

However, this time of year people are also prone to suffering SAD. This acronym refers to Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a hotly disputed topic but one which, if you suffer from it, is all too real. According to NHS Choices, it is defined as ‘a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern. The episodes of depression tend to occur at the same time each year, usually during the winter.’ The symptoms of SAD are:

  • Low mood
  • Lack of interest in things you normally enjoy
  • Being less active than normal
  • Sleeping more

This ‘winter depression’ usually begins to rear its head just as the days are getting shorter – when the sky is dark as you leave school or work – and intensifies to a peak during December, January and February. Severity can range from mild to severe. All symptoms tend to lift as spring blooms.

There are several reasons why people might suffer from SAD but the most typical ones, psychologists and scientists surmise, is lack of exposure to sunlight and the effect on hormonal activity. Absorption of sunlight is a core process in the manufacture of the hormone, serotonin, which the body uses to stabilise mood. Sunlight also affects the production of melatonin, which tells your body to feel sleepy, as well as the body’s circadian rhythm, which is responsible for regulating biological processes like sleep.

All in all, SAD is thought to be a type of depression that is often easily treatable using particular methods –numerous studies have shown that light therapy (using a lightbox that mimics the light of the sun) have been successful in alleviating SAD. These are professional treatments and it is always best to speak to a doctor if you think you might need help.

If you only feel mildly blue, you can also boost your mood by doing fun things associated with winter, like toasting marshmallows, going ice-skating or cuddling up with a good book by the fire.

Exercise is one of the most effective ways to boost mood. We here at FunMeFit never tire of extolling the virtues of exercise, even though it might seem like the last thing you want to do in the depths of winter. Here are five exercise tips to help you stay positive as Christmas’s fun and demands descend upon us:

  • Go for a brisk walk with a friend or family member in the crisp winter air: you will see vibrant colours and dazzling skies that only appear at this time of year;
  • It may seem absurd, but going for a run in the cold (make sure you go during daylight and the ground isn’t too slippery!) is invigorating;
  • Invest in a yoga mat and do some indoor yoga – there are plenty of good videos online and this stress-relieving activity is completely free;
  • Go tobogganing with your friends or family in the snow – if past years are anything to judge by, it may well be a white Christmas! And,
  • If you have any old sports equipment or games that you no longer use, take them to a charity shop so someone else can use it. Clearing out the clutter is always a mood-lifter and so is helping others!

It’s important to visit your GP if you suspect you might be suffering from SAD to get a clear diagnosis from a health professional. Even if you feel perfectly chipper throughout these shorter, colder days, exercise is still an integral feature for a fun, active lifestyle. Try one of the tips this weekend and you could feel even better. Happy holidays, everyone!

By Catherine Heath

A Recycled Christmas Guide

December 1, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Latest Articles, News, Uncategorized

Christmas similarly to other religious celebrations is about being with family and friends, being part of a wider community and celebrating life. Much of this seems to have been bypassed in recent years by the need to buy expensive, brand new material gifts for family and friends – a lot of the time quite pointlessly.

In the latest blog, “A Recycled Christmas,” FunMeFit Founder, Kate Hill, discusses why buying brand new Christmas presents is not always the answer to having a happy, fulfilling Christmas. Just as importantly for the struggling family, there are ways and means to get those longed for children’s presents without breaking the bank.

You’ll find the link to the blog below but just remember, Christmas is about your family and the community, not just about those presents. There are plenty of ways to help your community during the festive season and pretty soon, we’ll be posting our next blog about helping those in need.

 

A Recycled Christmas

 

Wishing you all a great run up to Christmas!

Introduction to Workplace Wellness

November 8, 2013 in Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Uncategorized

What do moustaches, yoga and the NHS all have in common?

Lack of time is largely blamed for why people do not exercise enough. The average adult person sleeps away one third of his or her daily life and works for another third. This hasn’t yet accounted for time spent commuting, preparing food or doing domestic chores.

Gone are the youthful days of being able to eat Big Macs, drink gallons of Coca-Cola and slump for hours in front of the TV without putting on weight. Obesity and obesity-related diseases are at record-levels all over the world, and sedentary lifestyles – combined with too much processed, fattening food – is largely to blame. Heavy corporate lunches, snacking at your desk, driving to work and that post-work glass of wine (or two) add to the unhealthiness.

Aside from extra weight gained, about 10.8 million work days were lost in the UK because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety from 2010 to 2011 (NHS).

Bad employee health also has large costs for employers. Absenteeism, as well as disability, injury and healthcare claims, all contribute to company overheads. Organisations can drive down costs down by implementing workplace wellness activities and initiatives to improve overall employee health.

What is Workplace Wellness?

The concept of workplace wellness has been widened over the past ten years to cover the “culture of health” within the workplace.

Workplace wellness can refer to organisational policies designed to encourage better employee health, both mental and physical. These include measures such as allowing flexitime to fit around exercise, offering on-site kitchen and eating areas, providing healthy food options in vending machines, holding “walk and talk” meetings, and offering monetary and other motivations to participate, among many other possibilities.

Outside of corporate policy, wellness covers all aspects of health, from physical fitness, to healthy eating, getting some fresh air and general mental wellbeing. Many people have been integrating “workplace wellness” into their own routine of commute, morning snack, lunch with colleagues and dinner with the family.

What are the Benefits?

As a result, people are happier at work, are more productive, more motivated and live longer. Believe it or not, work is actually good for your health because it encourages social integration and a sense of pride. Happier people have improved immunity to disease.

It’s all about juggling healthy activities to fit in with your daily routine. We want to review some of the things that you can do to improve employee health at your organisation.

Workplace Wellness: Case Studies

Jessica Heath, Administrator at the Royal College of Nursing, has introduced group yoga sessions at her workplace. She set this up because she thinks it’s really important to maintain a healthy mind-set.

“When we work, we’re all really stressed, but physical exercise makes you feel better and more productive at work. I’m sat at a desk all day and not moving, so it’s convenient to have something quick, say 15-20 minutes.”

There are other reasons why workplace wellness is so important. “It strengthens bonds with people to take part in community activities. It makes a difference to work at a place where everyone supports each other. Work is not just a place you go to get money; it’s a part of your life.”

She has also organised a “Positivity Day” to encourage people to think positively. “We did some inspirational videos, and ran yoga to introduce people to different types of physical activity. We had a positive space where we brought in baby pictures and guessed who they were. Learning, physical activity and playing a game for fun are all different types of positive activities. One of the key things is laughing together,” she says.

The Royal College of Nursing have won awards for their workplace wellness programme. Rightly so, since “a lot of people need more support in living a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, it’s important for work to prize your health.”

The Movember campaign across workplaces worldwide draws attention to the importance of men’s health awareness. Men are encouraged to grow moustaches for the entire month of November to highlight the important issues of prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health, raising money for charity in the process. Click here to find out how you can donate.

Workplace Wellness and Beyond

The Centre for Workplace Health (CWH) in Sheffield was launched in 2005. A partnership between University of Sheffield, the Health and Safety Laboratory and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it seeks to achieve national targets set out by UK Government.

You can join in by seeing if there are any activities to take part in at your office or organisation. If there aren’t, take Jessica’s lead and see if you can set up one of your own. If you’re not working for any reason, whether it’s because you’re studying, out of work or a stay-at-home parent, don’t fret! There are many programmes you can join to improve health and wellness.

Check out FunMeFit’s member directory for activities in Sheffield and elsewhere! Click here to find out more about workplace health.

By Catherine Heath

Special Offer! 6 Months FREE Advertising for Premium Members

October 24, 2013 in Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

We don’t do offers very often but it’s come to our attention that many of our member businesses and businesses who are not members yet could do with a little extra promotional help to reach their audience and attract new clients/customers. So we thought we’d help and get some support back for what we do too!

FunMeFit is offering businesses that fall within our Directory categories a free 6 month ad on our directory – that’s one of the advert boxes that currently floats around our directory’s main page – when you upgrade your Business Listing to the Premium Listing at £50 per year. Our rates are already very low but we have to charge for this services so we can keep on running.

Extra Features for Premium Listed Businesses:

You can see what great features the Premium Listing includes here: http://www.funmefit.com/directory/join but we’ll tell you anyway!

– A gallery

– A full profile page

– An offers feed

– Your own contributors blog

 

As an extra incentive, and because we like to say thanks for your support, we’ll also throw in:

– Regular promotion across social media – Twitter & Facebook

– The option to let us help you get listed on other directories and forums

– Help with writing a great profile page!

The Advert

The advert will be placed on our directory main page where other businesses and the public can view it for free. These are the sizes available for advertising:

Small Sidebar – 218×220
Large Sidebar – 218×350

Send us your artwork when you’ve taken out the premium listing. If you don’t have any artwork, our website designers will happily give you a hand for a small fee www.fosterandscott.com

 

Terms & conditions

Offer is subject to availability. Offer ends 30th November 2013. We have the right to refuse any submission if it does not meet with our policy/disclaimer. Please contact info@funmefit.com for more information! Thanks.

Like to Run

October 4, 2013 in Community Issues, Events, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport, Uncategorized

Introduction to Running

As one of the cheapest sports you can do, running is the egalitarian sport. There is no expensive gym membership or equipment – all you need is a good pair of trainers and a local common, park or even road network.

Paula Radcliffe and Victoria Pendleton are both famous female runners, flying the flag for women in sport. Running demonstrates women’s strength, endurance and grace. Running was one of the most-watched sports in the 2012 Olympics, with Jamaica’s Usain Bolt the winner of three gold medals.

Running is en vogue and you need to get involved.

Scientific evidence demonstrates the beneficial effects that running can have on mental health, partly to do with the release of endorphins by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. This can arise as a result of the “runner’s high” and being out in nature. So you can increase your happiness levels if you make running a regular habit.

As with any sport, but especially with a high impact sport like running, it’s important to have proper training if you’re going to avoid injury.

There are many reputable clubs in Sheffield providing affordable services and they can all be found on FunMeFit’s Members’ Directory!

The Running Coach

The Running Coach is a fantastic Sheffield-based organisation offering affordable services to athletes of all abilities who use running in sport.

Providing coaching to amateurs as well top athletes, a session with The Running Coach will have your form corrected, increased knowledge of how to prevent injuries and your technique significantly improved.

Their structured interactive and practical coaching sessions are designed to assess your current running style, and have you practicing skilful running by the end of your first session!

Running support services are available which provide existing clients the opportunity to train and receive assessment with a Technique Instructor during the run, with a choice of road running, trail and fell available.

They say:

“We believe by arming our clients with the knowledge of running biomechanics, firsthand experience of running skilfully and exercise drills to help develop their flexibility and movement, our clients have the greatest opportunity to successfully transition to injury-free, efficient running.”

Contact The Running Coach for expert advice and training. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates. Visit this webpage for more information about them and some helpful running tips.

Fell Running Guide

There are all different types of running, ranging from long distance, sprinting to hurdling … There is also a variety of terrain that can be used in running such as road, trail and fell. Fell running is especially suited to parts of Sheffield.

The Fell Running Guide takes its members out into the Peak District, providing equipment, navigation skills and running training, as well as nutrition advice.

Experience the breath taking views and magnificent English landscape with this exciting club. In case you’re worried about not keeping up, the emphasis is on maintaining a steady pace and having fun!

Their next course is on Saturday 12th October. Email Dave to book your place. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

Derbyshire Dynamos

The aim of Derbyshire Dynamos is to encourage new joggers to take part in local, fun, sociable, leader-led walking, jogging and running groups.

Unusually, it is a virtual running club for the people of Derbyshire set up in partnership with Jog Derbyshire.

It affords the opportunity and peace of mind of being an affiliated runner without the demands of attending scheduled club runs. This would fit in perfectly if you’ve got family or work commitments to juggle but are interested in joining a running club.

There are still training options for those who want them, as Derbyshire Dynamos has an impressive number of groups spanning the county, and all of them are keen to recruit new members.

All types of jogging and running are covered in their training programs. From absolute beginners to 20 milers, from road to fell running, there really is something for everyone.

Like them on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates. Apply here.

Even More Benefits of Running

Running is a great way to earn money for charity as the Brighton Colour Run in partnership with Stand up to Cancer has recently demonstrated. Training can also provide a fun focus for your life, getting you fit and meeting new people. As a runner you are part of a whole community with a host of events to aspire towards. Find a list of them here.

Share your running stories and resources with the FunMeFit community on our Discussion Boards. Happy running!

By Catherine Heath

Climb High for Sheffield – 10th September 2013

September 1, 2013 in Events, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities

As many of you will know, FunMeFit and Eclipse IPD Ltd organise regular climbing and networking events in the climbing centres of Sheffield. We’ve been glad to meet members of the FunMeFit community at these challenging, active events – some members have surpassed expectation and scaled those walls like rats up a drainpipe, some have turned pale at the sight of climbing high but everyone has enjoyed meeting new friends, business contacts and doing something active before the working day.

Because of the success of previous events, Kate from FunMeFit and Karl at Eclipse IPD Ltd have organised their next event for Tuesday 10th September at The Climbing Works in Sheffield. It’ll be a great chance to have a look at one of the best climbing centres in the UK, meet some community-focused members and have a bit of fun. The morning kicks off at 8.15am til 10am and the cost includes entry fee to the centre, the cost of climbing instruction if you choose to take part and refreshments.

For more information about the event and to book tickets, take a look at the Eventbrite listing. We’re looking forward to meeting you and seeing which walls you’ll choose to take on!

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