Edinburgh Set to Take Santa's Lead With Pre-Christmas Health Checks

With the festive party season less than a month away there’s extra motivation to look and feel great and this message was echoed by Santa Claus himself today as he took a pre-Christmas health check to make sure he’s fit for delivering all the presents this year.

Santa says he wants the people of Edinburgh to be ‘good little girls and boys’ and follow his lead in taking the first steps to a healthier, fitter, trimmer Christmas with a free SUBWAY® Health MOT. As part of its ‘Get Active’ health campaign to promote healthier lifestyles, the SUBWAY® chain is holding free health checks in conjunction with trained fitness instructors in shopping centres across Scotland next weekend.

The SUBWAY® Health MOTs will be taking place in Princess Mall on Saturday 5th December from 11am – 3pm. Fitness instructors from Bannatynes Health Club will be carrying out the health checks, which will look at blood pressure, BMI (Body Mass Index), as well as providing some basic exercise and dietary advice. There will also be free pedometers and special offers for anyone having a health check, as well as for customers at the Edinburgh Princess Mall SUBWAY® store while stocks last.  

Commenting on his health check, Santa said: “Mrs Claus loves me cuddly. But she did mention that this year my belly was wobbling more like two bowls of jelly instead of just the usual one. There were hardly any naughty children on my list this year, and the ‘nice’ list is bigger than ever, so I knew it was time to take action. I’m ho- ho- hoping that following the advice from my health check will give me more energy than ever to deliver all those presents on Christmas Eve, and stop me getting stuck in any more chimneys! I hope the people of Edinburgh will follow my example and try to beat the bulge this Christmas.”

This is the latest health initiative from the SUBWAY® chain, which recently partnered with leading national charity Heart Research UK, marking its commitment to encourage people across the UK and Ireland to eat better and lead healthier lifestyles. The sandwich chain’s range of unique Low Fat Subs, recommended by HRUK as part of a healthy, balanced diet, have been designed for customers wanting a tasty, lower fat, lower calorie option, full of nutritious ingredients.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

· The SUBWAY® chain is running health checks at East Kilbride Shopping Centre and Princess Mall, Edinburgh on 5th December and at Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow and the Mercat Shopping Centre, Kirkcaldy on 6th December.
· SUBWAY® is partnering with fitness instructors from Bannatynes Health Clubs, Fitness First and David Lloyd Leisure who will be carrying out the health checks, looking at blood pressure and BMI (Body Mass Index), as well as making some basic exercise and dietary recommendations.

About SUBWAY®

· The SUBWAY® chain is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, with over 30,000 locations in over 87 countries.
· In 2008, the SUBWAY® chain was ranked the number one global franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine.
· Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, SUBWAY® was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. That partnership marked the beginning of a remarkable journey, which has made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business.

SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc.
· For more information about the SUBWAY® chain please visit www.subway.co.uk.

About Heart Research UK

· Heart Research UK is a visionary charity founded in 1967 by Mr David Watson, a working heart surgeon, who realised that patients were dying unnecessarily because of the lack of research in heart, especially surgical techniques.
· Having funded six of the first eight UK heart transplants the charity leads the way funding ground breaking, medical research projects into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. There is a strong emphasis on supporting clinical and surgical projects and young researchers on their first steps into research.
· The Charity currently funds over £3.8m of research projects at 30 hospitals and universities across the UK, £1.4 in 2008 alone. In addition, over £500,000 has been awarded to community-based Healthy Heart lifestyle projects that aim to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease.

Contact: Jamie Henderson
Phone: 0131 553 0150
Email: james.henderson@fireflycomms.com
Website: http://www.