World Health Day sends message to get fit and active

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THE MESSAGE ‘Get Fit, Get Active and Get Involved’ was hammered home during an event to mark World Health Day in Bulwell.

The town’s Bulwell Forest Action Group (BFAG) was behind the attraction as part of a two-year campaign to get the town healthy.

The focus was on the Henry Mellish Sports Centre on Kemmel Road.

Dozens of residents took part to try their hand at different sports and find out about local organisations.

Taster-sessions were provided in Zumba — aerobics to Latin music — dodgeball, karate, boxercise and circuit training.

There was also a penalty-shootout competition and a roller-derby demonstration.

Stalls promoting the Bulwell Forest community garden, Neighbourhood Watch and activities for residents, young and old, were set up.

Bill Blackamore, secretary of BFAG, said: “We believe that it is vitally important that all residents should enjoy better health and have a better quality of life.

“We believe that opportunities to improve their quality of life should be available to everyone.”

BFAG launched its ‘Get Fit, Get Active and Get Involved’ campaign last year after a health report revealed that men in the town die up to ten years younger than some of their counterparts in other parts of Nottingham.

Bulwell also suffers from high levels of obesity, illness and deprivation.

The aims of the BFAG initiative also fit in with the Dispatch’s new FIT, HEALTHY AND HAPPY campaign.