Entry now open for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon 2014

November  2013, London, UK: Take the plunge and enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014 as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. The Swimathon will take place in over 600 pools across the UK including the Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the very first time.

The Swimathon is the UK’s biggest fundraising swimming event with thousands of people jumping into pools around the country. You can choose from 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k individual distances.  For those who prefer a team challenge, you could also form a relay squad to tackle the 1.5k and 5k distances with your water-loving friends and lap up the glory. Alternatively, if you are unable to take part in one of the 600 Swimathon pools, try SimplySwim, which lets you choose your distance and complete your challenge at any pool. 

To really make your swimming challenge count, don’t forget to get sponsored.  The money you raise will go to Sport Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and around the world.  

To help guide swimmers while training for their chosen distance, Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon President, Duncan Goodhew MBE, is on hand to offer his expert advice and encouragement to swimmers of all levels. 2012 Paralympian and four time Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Simmonds, is also backing the event and encouraging the nation to take a dip.

Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds OBE commented: “I’m really keen on making swimming accessible for everyone and there is a challenge to suit all levels of expertise at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon. I’d encourage people to take the plunge and make every length count by being sponsored to take on a challenge and do their bit for Sport Relief!”

Duncan Goodhew commented: “Swimmers of all ages and abilities can take on a challenge in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon. Whether it’s a length of their local swimming pool or the Team 5k – every length counts. With 600 pools taking part this year, there is even more opportunity to train early for your challenge, while raising much needed cash for Sport Relief.”

Enter the Swimathon today and benefit from limited half price entry* at www.swimathon.org.

*Terms apply, see sportrelief.com/terms

Global Skills Championship 2014, Malaysia – Industry Competency Excellence Awards

FHT Malaysia is proud to support the 2014 Global Skills Championship (GSC) in Malaysia, organised by the Malaysian Association of Cosmetologists.

Taking place at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, on 25th and 26th March, 2014, the aim of the GSC excellence awards is to introduce the concept of global skills sharing, to help recognise and develop the standards of vocational education and practice within the holistic beauty and well-being industry.

There are two skills categories available: Detox and Relax (Stress Releasing Body Therapy) and Facial Skin Lifting Therapy. 

Both awards involve creating treatment plans, as well as practical and theoretical sessions. 

Entrants must be aged 21 or above, and have a minimum of three years’ experience in the relevant skill set.  A registration fee for each category applies (approximately £60).

A certificate, medallion and cash prize will be presented to the winner and those coming second and third place in each skills category, with a top prize of 15,000 Malaysian ringgits (approximately £2,960). 

Closing date for registration:  31 October, 2013.

GSC 2014 Detox and Relax Skills category information » 

GSC 2014 Facial Skin Lifting Therapy category information »

GSC 2014 registration form »

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breakthrough Breast Cancer has organised The Great Pink Bake Off

This October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re asking you to put your pinny on, roll up your sleeves and show breast cancer what you’re made of. On 18 October an army of bakers will hold their own Great Pink Bake Off in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer – why not join in?

Every year, 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer; 12,000 die. Breakthrough funds almost 25 per cent of the UK’s breast cancer research. We can only continue our life-saving work with your help. Raise dough, save lives.

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We look forward to seeing you at Camexpo this weekend!

Come and say hello at stand 2131, near the middle of the hall, where we will be on hand for membership and insurance queries. There will also be savings on FHTonline products.

We are sponsoring four expert speakers over the weekend; seminars are being given by Dr Jane Buckle (The M Technique), and Penny Quest (The Spirit of Reiki), workshops are with Sheila Crouch (An Introduction to Vitaflex) and Dinah Pickering (Thai Massage). The seminars are free on a first come first served basis, the workshops can be booked in advance and there are still some spaces left.

Members, log in to the Members Area for your camexpo discount.

If you won’t be at the College of Medicine’s Annual Conference tomorrow, look out for their live tweets.

The focus of the conference this year will be self-care, and confirmed speakers include Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Health; Professor Kay Riley, Chief Nurse, Barts Hospital; Richard Lane OBE, President of Diabetes UK; and Professor Sir Graeme Catto, President, College of Medicine.

Visit www.twitter.com and search for hashtag #healthtogether 

The College of Medicine’s third Annual Conference includes a poster session open to students, clinicians, health practitioners and researchers.

The College of Medicine’s 3rd Annual conference will be on the theme of self-care, entitled ‘Who Cares?’ during National Self-care week.

Self-care aims to help people take care of themselves in a healthy way and let them know what is available to help to look after their health and wellbeing. It includes understanding what choices are available to them in order to live as healthily as possible with long term conditions such as diabetes, dementia, mental illness, etc.

The College of Medicine Conference 2013 includes a poster session open to students, clinicians, health practitioners and researchers. Poster authors will be invited to display and present their posters in a dedicated poster area during the conference. The informal and interactive setting of the poster session provides an opportunity for presenters to demonstrate their work with originality, quality, and clarity; to converse with conference participants; and to invite feedback from their peers.

It gives conference delegates a forum in which to learn about innovative research projects in the field of ‘self-care’ that have perhaps not yet been concluded, but which have generated interesting preliminary results. It also provides poster presenters with an invaluable opportunity to receive constructive comment from knowledgeable sources.

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A new initiative, ‘Start’, launches a month of sustainable living:

We are Start, an initiative inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Our aim is to make sustainable living second nature, so that everyone (and we mean everyone) can enjoy a better quality of life. Throughout May, we’re bringing together over 40 brilliant brands and organisations to help make this bold dream a reality.

On each day one of our partners will be bringing an aspect of sustainable living to life and doing so in all sorts of ways – social media, competitions, events, projects and more! All to help get you started.

So join us and help spread the word that an amazing, sustainable way of life is possible now. And you can #bethestart.


United Nations International Day of Happiness
20th March 2013

A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy at all costs. That’s why all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority and March 20 has been declared as the International Day of Happiness – a day to inspire action for a happier world.

For ideas and events to celebrate International Day of Happiness, click here