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Residents can get Up and Active in a Click

Up and Acitve team
Tracy Balko (right) and Ribble Valley Borough Council’s healthy lifestyle team.
Published Friday, 28 October 2016

Ribble Valley residents are invited to get ‘up and active’ in a new interactive scheme that puts health and fitness in the palm of their hands.

Up and Active is accessible via smartphones, iPhones and the internet, and outlines a host of activities throughout East Lancashire – many of them free – via an activity search featuring public participation and community events, health walks, school activities, family workshops, afterschool clubs and community gardening.

Users can register on the Up and Active web site and track and monitor their progress, as well as download activity guides and information.

According to official statistics, more than 11,000 people in Lancashire were admitted to hospital for weight-related conditions during 2014/15, the third highest rate in England.

Now Up and Active aims to tackle the county’s burgeoning obesity problem by making health and fitness accessible to all.

Tracy Balko, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and fitness officer, said: “Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.

“Up and Active can be accessed by people wherever they are and the council’s health and fitness staff will also be on hand to help them achieve the recommended activity levels of 30 minutes five days a week.”

Statistics also show that just 56 per cent of adults in Lancashire achieve the recommended two-and-a-half hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.

Tracy Balko added: “Obesity combined with lack of exercise is one of the biggest preventable causes of early death alongside smoking. As well as shortening people’s life expectancy, it can lead to many years of poor health and low quality of life.

“We are determined to help people enjoy better health by helping them get up and active.”

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