A new health initiative has been launched in Wolverhampton - with the aim of encouraging people to get fit in a fun way.

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The Funky Fun Health programme will promote healthier lifestyles by providing activities which are cheap, easy and fun.

Catch 22 Positive Futures and the North East Local Neighbourhood Partnership have joined forces to deliver the programme, which is aimed at residents of all ages, thanks to £20,000 from Wolverhampton City Council's Windfall Savings Fund.

Activities on offer will include a Green Gym, Cycle Actifit, cheerleading, dance, sports and games, and sessions will be held at community centres and schools and in council owned parks around the north east of Wolverhampton. Residents will also be encouraged to use the outdoor gym equipment available in many of the council's parks.

Meanwhile, a number of events are planned encouraging healthy eating and exercise among families, kicking off with a family fun day at Northwood Park in Bushbury on Saturday 3 August, 2013, from 11am to 3pm. The Wolverhampton NHS Healthy Lifestyles team will be on hand to undertake health checks and sign people up to one-to-one support.

Councillor Sandra Samuels, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "Any programme which incorporates fun into exercise should be popular and I'm confident this new initiative will change the lives of lots of people for the better."

Sue Lindup, North East Constituency Manager, added: "The Local Neighbourhood Partnerships have identified health and healthy living as key issues within neighbourhoods in the north east of the city.

"We want to deliver positive health awareness sessions and practical support to help local people live healthier lives. This programme will help to deliver these aims through a fun and active programme delivered in the heart of our local communities."

Anyone who wants to find out more about the Funky Fun Health programme should contact Catch 22 Positive Futures on 01902 864767.

  • released: Thursday 25 July, 2013