Heading for a fat-free future?

Press Release: 26/10/2004

Want a healthy lifestyle, but don't know how to go about it? Need a body MOT? How about food advice? Or just want to try out some fitness routines?

Well, the Stanmore Community Learning Partnership (SCLP) in Winchester is bringing simple, practical advice right into the heart of the community with professionals from all walks of life on hand during a big showcase of fun and information.

For five hours - between 3.00 and 8.00pm - on Wednesday 3 November the Partnership is hosting a "Health and Well Being Activity Day" at Stanmore Primary School, Winchester, when your questions will be answered, and, hopefully, the foundations laid for a fat-free future.

Organisations including the NHS, Carroll Youth Centre, Community Safety Partnership, Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Library service, Parentline Plus and the British Heart Foundation are joining the Stanmore Partnership to provide a range of things to do and learn about.

Entry is free and Owain Hughes, the Partnership's Community Learning Co-ordinator, says it is the first time so many professionals involved in helping people to work towards a healthier lifestyle have come together in such an event.

"This will just be a taster of what people can do to help themselves and being healthy doesn't mean you have to sign up to a gym - many of the things we will show can be done at home, or with little or no cost," he added.

"SCLP funds courses for healthy lifestyles so that they can be made affordable and accessible to all, and during the day we will be asking people what courses they would like to be part of, and what new courses they would like in the future."

Mr Hughes said the Partnership saw the day as "a window of opportunity to see what's out there and available."

As well as information stands covering things like healthy eating, careers, smoking, alcohol, and road and car safety, visitors will be able to try their hand at rowing machines, yoga, relaxation classes and aromatherapy - and undertake a body MOT.

There is a free crèche, and if visitors would like one-to-one confidential chats, there will be a separate area where they can talk to the professionals.