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Week of Activities to Boost Health and Wellbeing

Published Friday, 08 September 2017

Health and wellbeing is the subject of a week of activities in Ribble Valley from 18 to 22 September.

From family fun and fruit-tasting to tai chi and treks, the week aims to raise awareness of the wide range of activities available to help residents live more healthily.

It has been organised by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Up and Active team and includes a showcase featuring displays by around 20 local health and wellbeing service providers and community groups.

Since being launched, Up and Active has attracted 310,000 users across East Lancashire.

The scheme is accessible via smartphones, iPhones and the internet, and outlines activities throughout East Lancashire – many of them free – via an activity search featuring community events, health walks, school activities, family workshops, afterschool clubs and gardening schemes.

Tracy Balko, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and fitness officer, said: “Statistics show that just 56 per cent of adults in Lancashire are achieving the recommended levels of physical activity each week.

“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 hope this week of activities will help Ribble Valley residents improve their health and wellbeing by showing them the many ways in which they can get up and active.”

Events during Ribble Valley Health and Wellbeing Week include: 17 September – family fun fest at Roefield Leisure Centre, 18 – free health checks at Longridge Community Gym, 19 – free health checks at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber and fruit-tasting session at Ribblesdale Pool, 21 – Up and Active introductory session at Whalley Health Centre, 22 – Up and Active introductory session at Clitheroe Hospital, 23 – Tai Chi taster in the Clitheroe Castle grounds.

The health and wellbeing showcase will take place in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber on Tuesday 19 September, from noon to 2pm, featuring displays from the council’s healthy lifestyles, Up and Active, housing, regeneration and environmental health teams, the Ribble Valley Dementia Action Alliance, the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership, the Ribble Valley Community Alcohol Partnership, community transport scheme the Little Green Bus and the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Further information about Ribble Valley Health and Wellbeing Week is available from the council’s healthy lifestyles team on 01200 425111.


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