London Lite Thursday, 3 September 2009 11 BATTERSEA Power Station is to play host to the UKs biggest winter sports and music festival. The London Freeze will transform the landmark into an international snowboarding and freeski venue which will also include a 32-metre snow jump with a 17-metre drop using 500 tonnes of real snow. Orbital and Friendly Fires will provide the music with further acts to be confirmed. The event takes place from 30 October to 1 November. by Mark blunden Health experts slam waste of NHS cash n THE Sureslim diet involves a blood test to check patients cholesterol, lipids (or fats) and other metabolic functions. The analysis also checks that the liver, kidneys and thyroid gland are functioning correctly. A bespoke diet is then drawn up. Sureslim particularly looks at reducing high levels of meat and saturated fats. Janis Spring, 42, of Romford, weighed 19st10lb but lost 9st8lb in 18 months through a Sureslim eating plan. Firmpaid 53k in war on obesity PRIVATE firms are set to make record profits as the NHS tackles Londons obesity crisis. A weight-loss company is setting its sights on pri- mary care trusts across the capital after winning a contract with Londons fattest borough Barking and Dagenham. Sureslim, which promises patients they can lose about 4.5kg (10lb) a month, nearly doubled its turnover to 1.26m last year. But the value of its approach is questioned by some academics and its product has not been put on trial in Britain. And Dr Kevin Whelan, nutritional sciences lecturer at Kings College London, said: Its the same advice any NHS dietician would give you. T he De par tment of Health encourages primary care trusts to seek help from private firms through its 372m Change 4 Life strategy to fight obesity. Barking and Dagenham primary care trust has paid more than 53,000 so far for 180 people to be put through Sureslims six-week meal plan. The money, paid over the six-month pilot scheme which began in January, is equivalent to the salary of two NHS dieticians. The PCT says Sureslim offered better value than stomach-stapling and gas- tric band surgery, which can cost up to 10,000 a time. Daryl Taylor, chief executive of Sureslim UK, said: We are looking at targeting other London boroughs from October. Professor Wendy Savage, co-chair of Keep Our NHS Public campaign group, said: We are concerned the service could be inferior to that offered over the long term in NHS hospitals. SkitheBatterseaslopes Crisis: NHS is tackling obesity index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html