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Post boxes will stay gold

In Wales they stretch from Wrexham to Cardiff. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

One year on from London Olympic games, Royal Mail has announced that all the post boxes painted gold, in honour of Wales' Olympic and Paralympic heroes, will be staying that way.

There are seven in Wales all together.

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Physical Inactivity Killer

Its vital that our children become more active, says Dr Rhodri Martin, Wales' only Medical Exercise Registrar Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

In the buildup to the Olympic games, it was revealed that physical inactivity in Wales was becoming a huge risk to our future health. Experts described lack of exercise as “the biggest killer of the 21st century”, and claimed it could cost the UK taxpayer up to six billion pounds each year.

"There is very good evidence showing that being physically inactive is a bigger killer than obesity, smoking and diabetes put together"

Dr Rhodri Martin, Medical Exercise Registrar

A study from 2008 also demonstrated that Wales has the most unfit children in all of Europe; clearly then, inactivity is being recognised as a problem here in Wales; but what is ‘inactivity’? and what should we be doing in order to tackle it?

Dr Rhodri Martin, Wales’ only medical Exercise Registrar, suggests that there are a number of simple ways that we can improve upon our activity levels, such as:

Walking to work

Cycling to the shops

Avoid short car journeys

Use the stairs, rather than a lift or escalator

Although these are not major changes, they each represent a small shift in our everyday thinking, making it “the norm to be active” which, Dr Martin believes could represent an enormous tide-change in Wales.

The following link to the World Health Organisation’s website, explains in more detail, what can be done to tackle this so called ‘Inactivity epidemic’

http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_adults/en/

Tonight, Wales This Week looks at what has been done since the Olympics to tackle the issue of physical inactivity in Wales. Wales This Week is on Monday at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales

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Unfit For Purpose?

Twelve months ago, excitement was building across the nation in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic games.

As a sporting spectacle, the games were undoubtedly a success, with statistics suggesting that London 2012 was the most watched sports tournament on record; but these games were different:

For the first time in Olympic history, the games promised to leave a lasting legacy which the whole of the UK could enjoy; they promised to ‘Inspire a Generation’.

Twelve months on however, some experts are saying that Wales has failed to secure any kind of lasting legacy from the games - so what have we got to show for that golden summer of 2012?

Wales This Week is on Mondays at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales

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Cameron still hopes to cut Welsh MPs

The Prime Minister says he still hopes to get his plans to cut the number of MPs through Parliament, despite the opposition of the Liberal Democrats. Under the proposals the total number of constituencies would drop from 650 to 600. Wales would lose 25% of its MPs, with a cut from 40 to 30.

Mr Cameron said his focus is on the economy and he hadn't wanted months of wrangling over reform of the House of Lords, which caused his falling out with Nick Clegg. He was visiting the Gilwern Outdoor Education Centre near Abergavenny and met teenagers from London doing National Citizen Service.

It's part of Mr Cameron's Big Society project and only applies to England, though he claimed that the Welsh Government was offered funding. The Gilwern centre offers activities including climbing, orienteering and canoeing. Mr Cameron is visiting sporting centres around the UK during the Olympics.

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