24 July 2008
A new initiative aimed at encouraging more people to take small steps towards a healthier lifestyle has been launched in the Caerphilly county borough.
'Health Challenge Caerphilly County Borough' was launched at Newbridge Leisure Centre this month to promote steps such as eating more fruit and vegetables, giving up smoking, avoiding accidents and being more active.
A number of special guests attended the launch including the Mayor Cllr Anne Collins, the Leader of Council Lindsay Whittle, the Director of Caerphilly Public Health Team Dr Gill Richardson and the Asst Director of GAVO Mike Bridgman.
Activities such as Ultimate Frisbee, Street Dancing, healthy cooking, cycling and walking were all available, involving Bargoed Get Moving, Aber Valley Walkers and pupils from Newbridge Comprehensive School and White Rose Primary.
CCBC Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman welcomed the initiative, "The launch of Health Challenge Caerphilly is a call to everyone in the area to do as much as they can to improve their health, fitness and wellbeing. This exciting new initiative will deliver important health messages to all sections of the community and I would encourage as many people as possible to get on board and join in the action."
The symbol of Health Challenge Caerphilly CB is the distinctive yellow 'stickperson' which appears in the logo design. This figure has also been used in an eye catching poster campaign which conveys key messages to the public about improving their own lifestyles.
Look out for activities happening in your local area over the next 12 months.
Health Challenge Caerphilly CB is a partnership involving Caerphilly Local Health Board, Caerphilly Public Health Team, Voluntary Organisations, the Police, the Fire Service, the Private Sector, Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust and Caerphilly County Borough Council. Its aim is to promote healthy living and raise awareness about the importance of health and wellbeing in the community.
For more information please contact Sian Wolfe-Williams on 01495 234501.
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