People in Wimborne were given the chance to try some new activities in an event to encourage a healthier lifestyle held in Wimborne Square.
Officers from Christchurch and East Dorset Councils’ Health & Activity team were on hand, along with the Dorset Cycle Network and Wimborne Orienteering Club, to promote the councils’ Activate Coast & Countryside project and associated activities.
Around 100 people took the opportunity to try out a fun and interactive orienteering programme with a specially-created map and were rewarded with a goodie bag including a medal and a water bottle.
A referral specialist from the councils’ Active 4 Health team was there to offer people the chance for a weigh-in and a blood pressure check. ‘Active 4 Health’ is a partnership which aims to help local people in Christchurch and East Dorset to make their first steps to become more active through a wide range of Leisure Centre, outdoor and community-based activities to suit need and interest; exercise referrals form part of this pathway.
Jackie O’Connor, Health & Activity Officer at the councils, said: “The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the services we can offer to promote a healthier lifestyle and to encourage local people to consider new and fun ways to spend time with their families in the outdoors.”
The Activate Coast & Countryside project offers people the chance to try out new sports and activities to find out if they are suited to them. More details are at http://www.moors-valley.co.uk/activatecoastandcountryside/
Christchurch & East Dorset Councils’ Health & Activity Rangers Lucy Savage, Tiffiny Read and Marc Thompson