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Copeland Health Week

Posted on Wednesday 9th May 2012

A week of fun activities are planned for all ages in Copeland this month to prove how easy it is to be healthy.

From doorstep walks and Age UK Fit as a Fiddle sessions to Zumba danceathon and the opening of a new BMX track, the seven days of healthy activities has been organised by Copeland Borough Council and NHS Cumbria as part of Copleand Health week, which starts on Monday 28th May.

The week aims to highlight the many ways of enjoying keeping fit and to find out more about staying healthy.

Local sports providers are supporting the Health Week with an extensive range of supplementary activities including a netball taster sessions at Whitehaven Sports Centre run by North Country Leisure, Zumba at Cleator Moor and Whitehaven Civic Hall, Aquafit at Copeland Pool and a wellbeing event at Millom.

As well as sporting activities and exercise session there will be a workshop looking at alcohol issues, healthy weight group and health checkups.

Life expectancy in Copeland is 77 years for men and 80 for women - lower than the national average.

The 2011 Health Profile for Copeland highlighted that 19.6 per cent of children aged 10 to 11 years old are classified as obese, and an estimated 22 per cent of adults smoke.

The rate of hospital stays for alcohol related harm is also higher than average in Copeland.

However over the last 10 years, the number of deaths from preventable conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke have fallen and are similar to the England average.

The week will start on Monday, 28th May with The Wellbeing Toolkit Event at Millom Haverigg Lighthouse Centre.

The week will also include:

  • Gentle Health Walk from Millom on Tuesday 29th May from 11am
  • Partner Dancing at Whitehaven Civic Hall on Wednesday 30th May from 1pm-2pm
  • Zumbatomic for 8-12 year olds at Whitehaven Sports Centre on Saturday, 2nd June from 1pm-1.45pm

A full list of events will be available on the Copeland Borough Council website www.copeland.gov.uk with more details to be annouced nearer the time.

Dr David Rogers, Lead GP for Copeland said: “The Copeland Health Week is a great opportunity to highlight the ways of helping to keep yourself healthy. The wide range of activities means there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and free health checkups are available at certain events.”

Councillor Hugh Branney, Copeland Borough Council portfolio holder for Leisure, Culture and Youth said: “We are pleased to be working with the NHS to run this series of fantastic events to promote healthy lifestyles. There are lots of different events so I would encourage everyone out there to try something new.”

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Media enquiries please contact Karen Morley-Chesworth, communications officer NHS Cumbria on 01768 245367 or email karen.morley-chesworth@cumbriapct.nhs.uk| or Leila Cox, communications officer, Copeland Borough Council on 01946 598315.

Posted on Wednesday 9th May 2012

 

 
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