Santa Drops in for Pre-Christmas Health MOT

Santa made a special early appearance in Edinburgh for a pre-Christmas health MOT at the SUBWAY® store in Princes Mall, and says he wants the people of Scotland to be ‘good little girls and boys’ and join him in taking the first steps to a healthier, fitter, trimmer Christmas.

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 are 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!”

With the festive party season almost upon us there’s extra motivation to look and feel great. Santa’s visit marks the launch of the SUBWAY® chain’s ‘Get Active’ health campaign where it will be carrying out free health MOT’s in conjunction with trained fitness instructors at shopping centres across the country, in it’s quest to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles.

The SUBWAY® Health MOTs will be taking place in Princes Mall, Edinburgh and East Kilbride Shopping Centre on Saturday 5th December from 11am – 3pm, and in the Mercat Shopping Centre, Kirkcaldy and Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow on Sunday 6th December from 12noon – 4pm.  

NOTES TO EDITORS:

· The SUBWAY® chain 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.

· SUBWAY® will be giving away free pedometers to anyone having a health check, as well as to customers at stores in each location while stocks last. Participating SUBWAY® stores and the Gyms will also be running special offers as part of the event.

· 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 SUBWAY® chain’s range of unique Low Fat Subs, recommended by Heart Research UK as part of a healthy, balanced diet, have been designed as the choice for customers wanting a tasty, lower fat, lower calorie option, full of nutritious ingredients. Additionally by choosing all the salad ingredients customers get one of the five daily servings of fruit and vegetables as recommended by the Department of Health.

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.

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