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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 27 2008
2 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 28, 2008 MW Feel fitter, feel better PERSONAL trainers are all the rage these days. But what if you don't like going to a gym or training indoors in a crowded environment? This dilemma gave Vicki Grasso, who appears on our cover, a business idea. An experienced and quali- fied personal trainer, Vicki decided to create an affordable health and fitness program tailored to those who love the outdoors. Her business, Body First, provides an outdoor female boot camp, outdoor private one-on-one sessions and mixed outdoor boxing classes in the Inner West. ''Body First not only helps you look and feel great but it takes the hassle out of know- ing what exercises and nu- trition program to follow,'' Vicki said. ''Today's lifestyle is so busy and often we neglect the necessity of exercise, health and wellbeing. ''I know how busy clients are and exercise is often the last thing on a long list of to- dos. What we forget is how good we feel after exercise and the extra energy it gives us to spend quality time with our family.'' Find Body First at truelocal.com.au or call 9712 4896 or 0428 220 345 or visit www.bodyfirst.net.au TrueLocal goes mobile INSTANT access to local businesses is at your fingertips. TrueLocal's exten- sive mobile-based functions, including the intuitive lo- cation based service (LBS), are available on select carriers in- cluding 3 mobile and Optus Zoo. Rather than manu- ally entering your lo- cation into the phone, LBS registers where you are and detailed directions to your desired location. The LBS is joined by other goodies in- cluding a 'what's nearby' search, use- ful if you aren't fam- iliar with the area. Optus, Vodafone, Virgin and 3 mobile customers can also dial a local business straight from a TrueLocal search, or SMS themselves de- tails for later. The TrueLocal website has also been optimised for the iPhone and lists complete and interactive business profiles including maps, descriptions of products and ser- vices and indepen- dent customer reviews. A little like MySpace meets busi- ness, TrueLocal offers social interactivity and consumer opinion matched with in- depth information. And all from your mobile. Think local before you shop SHOPPING local helps save the environment and your community. That's the message from research conducted for TrueLocal, which found a tendency to travel away from local shopping strips costs local communities up to $92 billion in revenue and adds almost 1.9 million tonnes to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. The national shopping audit identified where common pur- chases, including takeaway food and alcohol, were made. It found in a 12-month period the average Australian made more than 43 trips, travelling up to 477km out- side their local area and spend- ing more than $7000 to make these purchases. Add up the number of out-of- area trips to visit doctors, dentists and hairdressers and this in- creased by a further six trips. Much of this impact could be reduced if more people shopped locally. The biggest hurdle to shopping locally appeared to be finding good, trustworthy local businesses. When investigating what would motivate local shopping, the TrueLocal audit found easily locating local businesses would make shoppers more inclined to stay local. The relaunched TrueLocal website is a great tool for finding great local businesses. If you're looking for the best hairdresser, bottle shop, doctor, dentist, retail outlet, mechanic or tradesman, TrueLocal provides detailed information, products and services on offer, photos, video clips, street maps and inde- pendent reviews from customers. The TrueLocal shopping audit was conducted by Galaxy Research for TrueLocal in July, 2008. The online study was conducted among 300 adults aged 18-64. Data was weighted to reflect latest ABS population estimates. Greenhouse gas emission estimates provided by not-for-profit organis- ation Climate Positive. Earn money for your favourite charity GIVING your two cents worth on your local plumber, res- taurant or hair- dresser will be worth a lot more to charities. TrueLocal is giving back to the community by donating 50c for every Rant & Rave. Twenty-five charities includ- ing the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Variety will benefit from the initiative. The more reviews you write the more money you'll raise. Celebrities are joining the cam- paign and will be sharing reviews and ratings on local eateries and shopping hot spots. Rant & Rave to your heart's content and feel great your input is helping a good cause. Visit truelocal.com.au today and click on Rant & Rave.
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