The overnight train and ferry took us to the remote Shetland Islands, the furthest north part of the UK.  The many centres there are financed by a fund set up from Oil Money, paid to the islanders when a large terminal was built to handle North Sea Oil.  It is remarkable that the Shetland people decided to spend this money on a chain of excellent Leisure Centres, bringing popular exercise facilities, including swimming pools, to the people of even the smaller islands, several of which have a population of under 1000.

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CHIP project

Travelling south, we reached Kilmarnock, not far from Glasgow, where a large custom-built mobile unit goes to the people, especially in smaller and deprived communities. Everyone over 16 is invited to have a free medical checkup, and those in need are advised to visit their doctor and start an exercise programme where appropriate at a community fitness centre, such as the Galleon Centre in Kilmarnock.

Our Travels (1)
The Problem.
Fatness to Fitness.
Our Travels 2.
Lesson for NZ.
Action Now.
If Interested.
Map of Centres.