Active Health is holding an open day at Thomas Willingale School in Loughton on Monday 23 May 2011 giving mini taster sessions of its activities. Active Health is a project providing physical activity and healthy eating sessions to people aged over 50 in Epping, Harlow and Uttlesford.
The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people and allow them to become more physically active and involved in the community. A number of events and fitness opportunities have been organised including exercise classes for the older generation, Nintendo Wii sessions, allotments, walks, nutrition talks and more.
The open day aims to increase awareness of the project and to gather volunteers. The day will be in 2 sessions, the morning session runs from 9:15am to 11:15am and the afternoon session runs from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Active Health has recently installed allotments at Thomas Willingale School and would like to recruit some of the pupil`s grandparents to give up their time and knowledge to help pupils start growing vegetables on a weekly basis. Pupils are very keen to get started on the 4 raised beds and 4 tractor tyres which have been installed.
David Hogg, Active Health Development Officer said: It has been great working with the pupils at Thomas Willingale school. They have learnt how physically demanding starting up an allotment like this is. The pupils have been a pleasure to work with and it was tremendous to see the excitement on their faces when I told them that their grandparents can come into school to help them maintain the allotment. Looking after an allotment is a great way to keep fit and eat healthy. To see the older generation helping the younger generation and all working together, will be excellent.
The project is funded by Age UK via the Big Lottery as a result of a successful application. A total of £153,886 has been allocated to the project over 4 years. The project is in it`s final year and has been working with a range of partners such as Harlow and Uttlesford District Councils, West Essex NHS, voluntary organisations and groups, sheltered housing accommodations, local community groups and schools.
For further information, please contact David Hogg, Active Health Development Officer by telephone on 01992 564269 or by email to email@example.com.