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Local people took to the streets of Gloucester this week to zumba, row, and ‘supermarket sweep’ their way to a healthier lifestyle. Gloucester’s first Change4Life event took place this month hosted by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, giving adults and children the opportunity to take part in a range of free activities to get a healthy heart pumping.

 

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Visitors were able to try their skills at handball, test their reactions on the Batak wall, go for a stretch on the rowing machines and step it out in style with a fun ZUMBA class.  The NHS health information bus was also on hand, with representatives from the Health Improvement Team and Gloucester City Council to give advice on healthy lifestyles and leisure activities in Gloucester as well as information on GL1 facilities, fun family cycle routes and local parks.

Gerry O’Brien, health improvement practitioner at Gloucestershire Care Services said, “Children aged five to 16 need to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity to get their hearts beating every day to burn off calories and prevent excess fat being stored in the body.  It’s also recommended that adults should make sure they’re active for 150 minutes a week so we’re hoping to encourage healthy lifestyles for the whole family.

“We’re delighted that the national Change4Life roadshow has joined us in Gloucestershire and hope that we can get the people of Gloucester moving this summer! This event is a fantastic example of local partners working together and we are grateful for the support of Gloucester City Council, The Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Active Gloucestershire for supporting this opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles for our local community.

“We hope that as many people as possible will be able to make the most of what’s going on in the area and make sure this summer is a happy and healthy one!”

Cabinet member for Public Health and Communities at Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Dorcas Binns, said: “It can be all too easy to let the kids spend a bit too much time on the sofa over the summer, and whilst it’s great to relax after a long school year, it’s also important to make sure that they stay active.”

“The Change4Life event in King’s Square has been a great opportunity to introduce families to fun ways to get going and being halfway through the summer break, I am certain that it has given parents new and exciting ways to keep the children entertained.”

For more information on what’s going on in Gloucestershire, visit the Gloucester City Council website www.gloucester.gov.uk

Change4Life online is full of great ideas, tools, tips and free online activity plans to help families get up and about this summer. Visit http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life to sign up for a free online activity plan and find special offers.