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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Health Scheme Aims to put Spring in Step

Published Monday 20th May 13

Ribble Valley Borough Council's healthy lifestyles referral officer, Sharron Whiteoak, with healthy lifestyles participants.

A Ribble Valley Borough Council health scheme is aiming to put a spring in the step of residents with health problems.

The Healthy Lifestyles scheme, now in its 15th year, has helped 3,000 Ribble Valley residents with a variety of health needs.

It offers 12-week exercise programmes tailored to the specific needs of participants.

Activities include gym sessions, circuit classes, aqua aerobics, swimming and tai chi, with the emphasis on improved mobility, balance, health and weight loss.

Participants of different ages and abilities are referred to the scheme by a health professional and work at their own pace and level under supervision.

Ribble Valley Borough Council's health and fitness officer Tracy Balko, said: "The Healthy Lifestyles scheme is perfect for people who might not want to go to a gym or are nervous about starting an exercise programme and prefer to work at their own pace and level.

"Many participants have experienced a significant improvement in their general fitness and go on to other exercise programmes.

"Equally importantly, they are able to work in a safe, supportive environment, and have great fun, too!

"Healthy Lifestyles is one of our most successful health and fitness schemes and we encourage anyone with health needs to take part and help put a spring back in their step."

Healthy Lifestyles is offered at several venues throughout Ribble Valley on different days and times. Further details are available from the council's healthy lifestyles team on 01200 414484 or see Healthy Lifestyles.