The fastest woman to cycle the globe came to visit Aberfeldy last week, inspiring school pupils to consider ways to get active, particularly girls.

World champion athlete Jenny Graham – who holds the world record for best female time cycling round the world – was welcomed to the Highland Perthshire town by children from Breadalbane Academy, local wild swimmers and canoeists.

Jenny is promoting active travel, using adventure to inspire more people to be everyday active.

She is undertaking the ‘From Source to Sea’ mission with Lee Craigie, the active nation commissioner for Scotland and director of the Adventure Syndicate.

Beginning on Monday, September 6 from Glasgow Queen Street Station, the team travelled to Crianlarich on ScotRail’s new bike-friendly Explorer Carriage in search of the source of the Tay in the Grampian hills.

Covering an average of 30km a day, over the following days their excursion by bike and boat took them through Perthshire, exploring the length of the river, to finish at Dundee.



Perfect day to explore the River Tay
Perfect day to explore the River Tay, day 2 of the Source to Sea adventure

The project, promoting “the personal, social and environmental benefits we all stand to gain if we choose to travel even the occasional short distance by foot or wheel,” saw them cover the length of the River Tay without stepping into a car.

Their hope was to educate school children along the way.

On Tuesday last week they enjoyed a rapturous welcome to Aberfeldy, home of Breadalbane Academy and a community currently attempting to be ‘Scotland’s Healthiest Town’.

Knowing Jenny and Lee were coming to visit, school children and individuals had been encouraged to match their active miles in their everyday journeys to work or school.

Pupils from Breadalbane Academy recorded their self-propelled journeys to school all last week and uploaded them to a live interactive map via The Adventure Syndicate’s app.

For part of the trip the duo followed the River Tay from Kenmore, putting their bikes onto a specially-designed pack raft which brought them to the bank below Wade’s Bridge and the Black Watch Memorial in Aberfeldy.



Jenny Graham, 'Fastest woman to cycle round the world' with Lee Craigie, UK champion who has represented GB, arrive by canoe at Aberfeldy
Jenny Graham, ‘Fastest woman to cycle round the world’ with Lee Craigie, UK champion who has represented GB, arrive by canoe at Aberfeldy

Sabina Laurie (10) was in a kayak with Jenny and another Breadalbane pupil – aptly named Tay Will – travelled in the boat from Kenmore with Lee.

Arriving in the town soon after school finished, there were other boats in the water to meet Jenny and Lee as Breadalbane Canoe Club paddled over to say hello.

Blessed with September sunshine, the Breadalbane Academy Parent Council (BAPC) unfurled a welcome banner and offered to refuel the travellers with treats from their impromptu bake stall.

Lee said: “We can all get very hung up on ‘doing the right thing’ when it comes to our health and averting our climate crisis, but we hope our Source to Sea adventures

When the pandemic spread to Massachusetts last year, Gov. Charlie Baker took unprecedented measures to respond.

Baker declared a state of emergency. He shut down bars and restricted indoor dining. He imposed a mask mandate and travel restrictions. And he spent billions of dollars in federal aid with little oversight from the state Legislature.

But as the pandemic recedes, lawmakers are reasserting their control.

“As of June 15th, the state of emergency has ceased and now we are back to more traditional times,” Senate Ways and Means Chair Sen. Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport)  told his colleagues recently on the floor of the senate.

The shift has been on full display in recent weeks as the governor pressed the Legislature to give  him permission to swiftly spend more than $2 billion dollars in new federal aid on everything from more affordable housing to job training to environmental projects.

“We believe especially the investments in the communities that were hardest hit by COVID, need to be made now,” said Baker during a ceremony in Haverhill last month to tout a program to low and moderate income families into home ownership.

But the State Legislature quickly dismissed Baker’s plea to spend the money fast. Instead, they opted to let the money sit idle in a special account while they hold public hearings and debates to carefully decide how best to spend the money.

“We should assume our traditional and constitutionally mandated authority to expend this $5.3 billion dollars,” Rodrigues argued on the Senate floor.

Down the hall in the House, Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester) made a similar call to spend the federal American Rescue Plan money deliberatively, even while acknowledging many of the items on the governor’s list were worthy.

“We just think that it’s important for all 160 members of this body and the 40 in our sister body have a chance to have their voice heard, to sit down with our constituents over the course of the next few months and to ensure that everyone participates in this recovery,” Hunt told his colleagues during debate last month.

Lawmakers have also pushed back on some of the governor’s other proposals in recent weeks.

For instance, Baker’s plan to suspend the state sales tax for two months landed with a thud. State senator Rodrigues, who leads the committee charged with overseeing taxes, labeled it a “gimmick.”

Legislators also overwhelmingly voted to override the governor’s veto of a provision requiring the state use union labor to rebuild the Holyoke Soldier’s Home.

Observers say they aren’t surprised lawmakers are once again taking control of key items like spending and taxes.

“The governor proposes and the legislature disposes,” said former state representative Jeff Sánchez, who points out that the Legislature has traditionally played a key role in deciding how to spend state tax money. While the governor can propose a spending or tax plan, lawmakers are ultimately charged with approving it.

“I think the legislature is doing what they do and what the Constitution has essentially constructed

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Q: I have a very physical job as a stonemason, but it doesn’t seem to keep my weight or my cholesterol level down. Why should I still have to go to the gym when I’m hauling things and moving around for hours every day? —Leon T., Pittsburgh

A: That’s a great question that applies to millions of folks with jobs as diverse as firefighter, ballet dancer and nurse. You may be interested to know that a Business Insider investigation evaluated the time spent walking or running, stamina and strength required by various jobs, and found that the most physically demanding was being a dancer. Your job ranked 18th out of 27.

As hard as you work, amped-up physical demands from a job don’t translate to physical health, according to a new 10-year study in the European Heart Journal. Researchers found that folks who were active at work increased their risk of cardiovascular issues, and their risk of death went up 13 percent (for high activity) and 27 percent (for very high activity) compared with folks who had low-activity jobs. It seems folks with physically demanding jobs tend to take it easy and indulge when they’re off the clock. Plus, repeated heavy lifting raises blood pressure, and on-the-job walking is rarely brisk enough to increase heart rate. That adds up to a less-healthy lifestyle.

The study also showed that moderate, high and very high amounts of leisure-time activity provide major protection: The risk of death over those 10 years was reduced by 26 percent, 41 percent and 40 percent, respectively, compared with folks with low leisure-time activity. So take a look at what you’re doing after work that’s hard on your heart and adding pounds. Try leisure activities like interval walking for 30 minutes, yoga or tai chi. And upgrade your diet. You know the drill: more plants, no added sugars, less saturated fat and highly processed foods, and moderate alcohol intake.

Q: My doctor gave me an hs-CRP blood test. He said it was necessary because I’m very overweight and have diabetes. It came back at around 4 mg/L, which he said is high. What does it all mean? —Sandra M., Evanston, Illinois

A: CRP is a protein made by your liver and sent into your bloodstream in response to inflammation. Elevated levels in your blood indicate some kind of bodily distress, such as a chronic condition or a temporary infection.

There are two kinds of CRP tests. The hs-CRP, or highsensitivity

C-reactive protein, test is recommended for folks over 35 and those at high risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack. A reading of 3.0mg/L or above indicates that you’re at increased risk of all of the conditions inflammation causes, such as heart attacks, strokes, cancers and dementia. Do ask your doctor about getting a second hs-CRP test to confirm results and a blood test for LDL lousy cholesterol, good HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Caroline Skingsley, headteacher at Goldington Green Academy (GGA) with Jade Harrison, active travel coordinator and PSHE lead at GGA, receiving their accreditation

After three years of hard work, Goldington Green Academy have been awarded a silver accreditation from Modeshift Stars for encouraging cycling, walking and scooting among their pupils.

Modeshift Stars is a scheme recognising organisations that have shown excellence in promoting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

To receive a silver accreditation, schools must complete at least 20 travel initiatives, 10 supporting initiatives and seven consultations, alongside forming an in-school working group focused on sustainable travel.

Goldington Green Academy is the only school in Bedford Borough that currently has a silver accreditation and is now aiming to follow in the footsteps of Shortstown Primary School, which have received the gold accreditation.

To support the school’s endeavours, Bedford Borough Council’s Sustainable Transport team have provided them with additional resources, including Dr. Bikes’ mobile repairs, scooter and balance bike loans, and school assemblies.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “The Modeshift Stars scheme has been a great way for local schools and businesses to show how important sustainable travel is to them.

“Goldington Green Academy have demonstrated a considerable effort and commitment to bringing healthier and more sustainable travel options to their community.”

Caroline Skingsley, Head Teacher at Goldington Green Academy, said, “Physical and mental health has always been important at Goldington Green Academy and even more so during the difficult times we have faced with the pandemic.”

Other schools are encouraged to follow Goldington Green Academy’s example and work with the Council to get accreditation through the Modeshift Stars scheme. To find out more, email [email protected]

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TUESDAY, April 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Going for a brisk walk after a long day at work may be better for your heart than getting all of your exercise on the job.

New research suggests that while current health guidelines indicate that leisure-time activity and physical activity at work are created equally when it comes to heart health benefits, this may not be the case after all.

Leisure-time exercise — whether it be taking a walk, jogging or hopping on your Peloton bike after a hard day’s work — can improve heart health, but only getting your exercise on the job seems to increase heart risks.

This is what’s known as the “physical activity paradox,” said study author Andreas Holtermann, a professor at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Leisure physical activity leads to fitness, improved health and well-being, but work physical activity leads to fatigue, no fitness gain, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure over the day without sufficient rest,” Holtermann said.

For the study, researchers asked close to 104,000 people (aged 20 to 100 years) from the Copenhagen General Population Study to rate their leisure-time and employment physical activity as low, moderate, high or very high.

There were more than 7,900 major cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, and about 9,850 deaths overall during an average of 10 years of follow-up. The more leisure-time physical activity a person reported, the lower their risk of dying or experiencing a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event.

By contrast, folks who said they got most of their physical activity on the job were more likely to die or sustain a cardiovascular event than those people who reported less manual labor. The findings held even after the researchers controlled for other factors that affect heart and stroke risks, such as weight, alcohol intake, smoking status, cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Something has to change, Holtermann said.

“Work ought to be organized, so the worker not become too fatigued or exhausted, with sufficient time/ability for recovery, so they have energy to do the health-promoting activities at leisure,” he said. “The worker ought to take responsibility for…improving physical activity during leisure, as well as getting sufficient recovery to recuperate from work.”

In an editorial accompanying the new study, Martin Halle and Melanie Heitkamp, of the Technical University of Munich in Germany, also called for change. “Companies should offer breaks and recovery time during work, sufficient recreational breaks and complementary exercise training for their employees, especially for workers in heavy manual jobs,” they wrote.

The research was published April 9 in the European Heart Journal.

Two American cardiologists agreed that leisure-time physical activity is important for promoting heart health and that occupational activity can be deleterious.

“In general, leisure-time physical activity, which is often of the endurance type, promotes cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of suffering a fatal heart attack,” said Dr. Evan Appelbaum, director of Men’s Health Boston. He was not involved

About us

Camden is building somewhere everyone can thrive, by making our borough the best place to live, work, study and visit. Because, we’re not just home to the UK’s fast-growing economy. We’re home to the most important conversations happening today. And we’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind. As a Senior Transport Planner you will work on supporting active travel and travel planning across Camden.  

The role

Camden has produced a bold and ambitious Transport Strategy (CTS), ‘Healthy Streets, Healthy Travel, and Healthy Lives’ – that sets out our vision for transport in the Borough through to 2041. The Strategy contains seven core objectives which include delivering a sustainable transport system and streets that are inclusive and accessible for all, reducing all road casualties in Camden and progressing towards zero Killed or Seriously Injured, and reducing the impact of transport-based emissions and noise in Camden. We have also produced a new Clean Air Action Plan and Climate Action Plan. Following the development of these three plans, Camden is pushing forward with a challenging programme of projects in a number of transport planning areas.

We are looking for a highly motivated Senior Transport Planner to manage projects, in the area of active travel and smarter travel, within our Transport Strategy Service. This post will also manage and advise the School Travel Plan Officer on their work programme relating to the active travel projects that are undertaken with schools in the borough.

The post also has its own wide-ranging work programme, including the delivery of the Healthy School Streets (HSS) programme to provide traffic free zones outside of many schools in the borough, involving working with schools and key stakeholders to deliver these schemes and their related project management requirements. In addition, the post will manage the existing HSS schemes that have been implemented and the ongoing monitoring and further consultation, required to assess their performance following a significant expansion during Covid-19 period. The post-holder will also project manage a number of other Healthy Streets infrastructure schemes that help deliver the CTS.

The post will also lead on the implementation of the Camden Cargo Bike Network, funded through the Mayors Air Quality Fund, working with stakeholders, the contractor and reporting monitoring results. In addition, the post-holder will support other initiatives in the Active Travel and Travel Planning Team including: the development and improvement of cycle skills schemes; supporting the work on travel plans and monitoring for schools and development sites; and assisting with the continued roll out of dockless bike hire in Camden, as well as potential involvement with the London-wide e-scooter trial.

The proposals that have been developed will require extensive engagement and consultation with the local community, including developing innovative approaches to stakeholder engagement. You will need to ensure that the objectives of the projects are developed in full, and met, whilst balancing multiple and often competing interests of a variety of stakeholders. And you will need to work closely with internal colleagues