Health scheme to launch in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 September 2019

The scheme will encourage people to be more active.

The scheme will encourage people to be more active.

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A campaign to encourage people to become healthier and more active is launching in Nailsea.

North Somerset Council is leading an Active Towns Initiative to inspire people to take part in more physical activity to improve their health and wellbeing.

The project will see new exercises groups starting up, mass outdoor events such as tai chi classes and streets closing to encourage children to play.

The council has teamed up with the West of England Sports Trust (Wesport) to launch the scheme.

Lisa Woods from Wesport said: "There is already a wealth of great activities on offer across Nailsea for those that want structured activity but we also need to promote the message of 'moving more' as part of your daily routine.

"We are working closely with the council to ensure there is an activity for everyone, to promote why it is good to be active and ensure people have the support they need."

The project is being piloted in Nailsea with a view to rolling it out to other towns.

Project leaders want to 'complement and enhance existing provision' as well as identify gaps and they are keen to bring other groups and agencies across the town together to promote a healthier lifestyle.

North Somerset Council is working on a number of ways to increase physical activity levels in the town including walking routes between GP surgeries, an outdoor tai chi event, closing streets to bring the community together 
and supporting workplaces to 
be active.

New groups could include walking netball, junior park run, couch to 5k, seated exercise classes for the older population and satellite clubs for teenagers.

The council is also working with Nailsea's health hub.

Ian Morrell, the venue's development manager, said: "Number 65, High Street is a community venue focussed particularly on health and wellbeing issues.

"We all know that being active is good for us, but there are all sorts of reasons why this can be difficult, especially when it gets mixed up in the idea that going to a gym or doing exercise classes is the only option.

"We are very pleased to be supporting the North Somerset active lifestyles team and Wesport in encouraging people of all ages to have fun while getting more active."

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