Pilot health scheme launched

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A pilot scheme to improve people’s physical health and mental wellbeing has started in Halifax’s People’s Park.

The Healthy Living Park project will see local community and voluntary organisations holding a range of fun activities for children, young people and adults over the summer, including football, rugby, mini-tennis, athletics and cycling events.

There will also be general keep-fit sessions, including circuit training and fitness classes, ideal for those looking to explore different ways to get fit with their friends, particularly for people who don’t like the idea of going to the gym.

Activities designed to improve mental health and wellbeing include singing and dancing events for people with dementia and their carers.

Schools and community groups are also getting involved, with gardening sessions and wildlife awareness walks planned to introduce children to everything Calderdale’s parks have to offer.

The pilot scheme is funded by a Health Connections Grant, provided by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and administered by Community Foundation for Calderdale and Voluntary Action Calderdale.

Dr Majid Azeb, a GP at Southowram Surgery and member of Calderdale CCG’s governing body said: “This is a great example of how the NHS in Calderdale is working alongside voluntary and community groups to give local people the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing.

“At Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group we’re bringing Care Closer to Home by making more medical services available in communities across Calderdale, but we’re also investing in schemes to improve people’s understanding of their own health and how illnesses can be prevented.

Coun Faisal Shoukat, council cabinet member for health and inequalities, said: “We’re backing this great scheme as part of our ‘Active Borough Calderdale’ work to inspire people to live healthy, happy lives by moving more and making healthier choices.”

- Weekly park zumba starting on July 6 from 12.30pm to 1.15pm

- A one-off Neighbours Day on July 9 from 11am to 4pm

- A one off cycle open day on July 16 from 10am to 4pm

- Weekly bootcamp park fitness starting on July 16 from 11am to noon

- Weekly summer sport Sundays starting on July 24 from noon to 2pm

- One-off Children’s Mini Olympics on July 26 from 1.30pm to 3pm

-Weekly Summer Holiday Sport in the Park starting on July 28 from 2.15pm to 5pm

- One-off children’s teddy bear picnic on August 17 from 11am to 1pm

Visit www.facebook.com/healthylivingpark for details