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Roadshow launched to get Newham’s over 50s fitter!

There will be a roadshow launched in Ilford, to encourage people aged over 50 in the area to get fitter and healthier. The roadshow, which will be based in the Stratford Centre is part of the Go London campaign, and come just a year before London will be full of sports enthusiasts for the 2012 Olympics in the capital.

The Fit 4 50+ campaign helps people find local activities that are already happening and also offers ideas for how to get in shape and stay active in their day to day lives.

Adding a little bit of exercise can have a big difference on your quality of life, and help improve your health. It also helps you steer clear of the growing problem of obesity. The campaign suggests that people start slowly, and increase their exercise as they feel their fitness levels improving, and feel more comfortable. The Fit 4 50+ scheme hopes that people will be up and moving at least five times a week by the end of the programme.

Joint Director of Public Health of NHS Newham, Rachel Flowers said: “One of the challenges of today’s world is finding time, and opportunity, to do this. It can be as simple as cycling to work, walking more and a little faster, dancing, swimming or volunteering in a local group to get you out and about. Getting active can be fun and there’s a lot of things going on locally that you can get involved in.”

The council and NHS Newham are working together to help offer a range of events that range from tea dances to kurling competitions for people aged over 50 in the area.
If you would like more information then get in touch with the council on (020) 3373 0625 or enter your post code online at www.nhs.uk/letsgetmoving

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