THIS summer, Horsham District Council’s Wellbeing Hub is supporting Games4Life, an exciting initiative inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games which aims to make England the most active host nation ever.
The initiative is part of the government’s Change4Life campaign, which is all about making small lifestyle changes that add up to big health benefits.
The Wellbeing Hub, which is a free, friendly and impartial service from Horsham District Council, the NHS and other partners, wants to encourage parents and children to make sure they get their ‘active minutes’ every day.
Active minutes are the ones that really get the heart pumping, making people feel good and helping to keep the heart and bones healthy.
Children need at least 60 active minutes a day and adults need 150 or more active minutes a week.
This time can be made up of 10 minute bursts, which may be easier to fit into a daily schedule, and activities need not be costly or complicated.
Staff at the Wellbeing Hub aim to show people that being active is easier, and more fun, than they might think.
Active play, dancing, walking, swimming and cycling can all be great ways of getting the heart and lungs working.
As a bonus, it’s often a way for the whole family to enjoy quality time together, and a great way to boost community spirit too if people can link up with friends and neighbours.
Sue Rogers, HDC cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “It is always important to keep ourselves active and healthy.
“I hope adults and children will take these tips on board and enjoy exercising together even if it is only for 10 minutes a day.”
Anyone interested can pick up a Games4Life questionnaire from the Horsham District Council offices in North Street in Horsham or from a variety of venues across the county, including local libraries, schools or leisure centres.
To complete a questionnaire online or to receive a free personalised activity plan, visit the Change for Life website
The Wellbeing Hub will also have a stand at the Sparks in the Park event in Horsham Park on Sunday July 15.
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