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ClassPass plans launch in 10 new cities

 ClassPass, the subscription service that lets you work out where you want, when you want, has today announced that it’s launching in 10 new cities across North America. In September, interested folks from New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio will be able to join the platform. Following the September launch, ClassPass will open up in Cincinatti, Calgary, Honolulu, Indianapolis,… Read More
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NHS could trade free cinema tickets for hitting fitness goals

Just as insurers are looking to wearables to motivate people to lead healthier lifestyles, the NHS is now also exploring a scheme that would reward active participants with discounts on shopping, fitness gear and gym memberships, as well as free cinema tickets. The concept programme would use a mobile app to track exercise and encourage people to hit targets in order to earn such bounties. The end goal being, naturally, to promote healthier lifestyles and thus “reduce pressure on the NHS.”

The proposal forms part of a winning bid in NHS England’s “Healthy New Towns” programme, launched last year. The NHS is working with ten new housing developments with the aim to “put good health at the heart of urban design and planning.” The rewards scheme is one of several ideas cooked up by the city planning researchers at Citiesmode for the Halton Lea site in Cheshire. Other facets to the plan include public gym equipment, running tracks marked out on pavements, healthy cooking lessons for locals, free bicycles, and potentially even an outdoor cinema and community space to encourage people to get off the couch and socialise.

The final proposal and implementation strategy for the Halton Lea site is expected to be published in January next year, so it’s all very much in the concept stage at this point. The activity-related rewards scheme would also need retail partners to get off the ground, but that’s not inconceivable. UK insurer Vitality already offers discounted fitness trackers and a tradable points system for meeting exercise goals, for instance. Similar schemes exist elsewhere, too, showing that it’s not a great stretch to imagine an NHS-backed version could also work.

Via: Huffington Post

Source: NHS England, Citiesmode

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ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman will discuss making difficult decisions at Disrupt SF

 There are plenty of CEOs-turned-investors, but few investors get quite as involved in their portfolio companies as Fritz Lanman. Lanman is currently the executive chairman and cofounder Verst, Doppler Labs, and recently took over the CEO position at ClassPass, where he was an investor and executive chairman. Lucky for all of us, Lanman will be joining us on stage at TC Disrupt SF in September. Read More Comments closed

Target won’t be adding Hampton Creek products back on its shelves

 Despite clearance from the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month, Target has decided to terminate its relationship with beleaguered food startup Hampton Creek. Target pulled all 20 Hampton Creek products from its shelves two months ago, including its original “Just Mayo” eggless mayonnaise spread, and held an internal review of the startup after it was notified of… Read More
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