Finns ain’t like they used to be

They used to be fat, now Finns are fit. The Guardian today majors on a profile of the society-wide, multi-faceted campaign that turned Finland from one of the world's unhealthiest nations 30 years ago into "one of the fittest countries on earth." Cycling has played a key part in the transformation, says The Guardian.

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REI customers: check your saddles

There's a recall on a batch of 257 fi’zi:k saddles sold only to REI stores in the US. "The plastic scuff guard underneath the front of the seat, which secures the seat rails, may crack or break causing the rider to lose control and/or fall, resulting in a serious injury," says the CPSC.

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US government tells citizens to eat less, exercise more

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released today, emphasises the best foods to eat but, for the first time, it also adds the proviso that daily exercise is essential. And exercise must be "moderate to vigorous" for 60 minutes a day. The new guidelines don't mention which form of exercising is best but another set of health tips from the feds says "Walk, cycle, jog, skate, etc., to work, school, the store, or place of worship." Here's a new campaign for Sustrans: Safe Routes to Church...

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