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Sefton encourages residents to walk to work

Sefton Council is encouraging residents to leave the car at home and walk to work on April 6 in support of Walk to Work Day.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Sefton to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive action for their health and wellbeing.

Those who live too far afield to walk the entire journey could try to walk to the train station or bus stop rather than drive.

Recent figures show that as little as 2.5% of the population choose to walk to work five days a week.

The council would like to encourage as many people as possible to pledge to walk for at least part of their journey.

By walking to work, residents are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars and traffic.

Sefton is also calling upon its staff to make a pledge to ditch the motors for the day and brave the walk to work.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Walk to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive lifestyle choice and welcome some physical activity to your daily commute.

“Walking has so many benefits to health and wellbeing and by making the choice to leave the car at home, we can reduce the amount of pollution caused by traffic.

“I strongly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to improve their health and Sefton’s air quality.”

Kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Sefton’s Director for Public Health has backed a campaign to kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton, is one of 58 health experts who has supported a campaign to protect children from food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt, promoted through football across the UK.

The campaign is led by Healthy Stadia and Sugar Smart and aims to tackle the issue of childhood obesity as well as tooth decay.

Many football associations, leagues and some football clubs partner with companies known for products containing high fat, sugar and salt, so health experts have now joined forces to help address this important issue.

Other supporters to the campaign include representatives working in sports development, dental health, sustainability, social housing and the media.

All 58 experts signed a letter which was sent last week to English football clubs, UK National Football Associations, UK league operators and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Whilst a response is awaited, further work will continue around raising awareness of the health harms such products cause on children and young people’s health.

This includes swapping sugary fizzy drinks or sugary squash for water, lower-fat milk or no added sugar cordial, along ditching the takeaway and cooking meals from scratch – that way you know exactly what is in it!

In addition, an e-petition has also been developed and children, parents and schools are encouraged to support the campaign. You can read more and sign the petition here.

Changes to NHS Health Checks

The way that NHS Health Checks are available in Sefton is changing from April.

Your free NHS Health Check will now be done by staff from Active Lifestyles and Living Well Sefton.

If you’re aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, which is a great way to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.

It checks that some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and it helps to spot any potential problems before they cause real damage.

Your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked.

There are some things that you can’t change – like your age, ethnicity or family history, but the most important factors on your future health – such as your weight, cholesterol level and blood pressure – can be changed.

After your NHS Health Check you’ll be given advice and support to helps you improve your health; including free and easier access to local activities you might want to take up to keep yourself happy, healthy and active.

To book your free NHS Health Check ring 0151 934 2352 or you can access any of the sessions available locally in various venues throughout Sefton.

Hatisfaction guaranteed at specialist dementia day service

It was hats off to some high-quality headgear when staff at a specialist Southport day service for people with dementia organised an Easter bonnet competition for clients at the weekend.

The competition at Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale – run by leading Sefton adult social care provider, New Directions – was the centrepiece of a range of Easter-themed activities.

The contest attracted a wide variety of creative entries, with prizes being awarded to the top hat-trick of designs.

Elsewhere, there was a special Easter afternoon tea with live entertainment provided by popular Southport-based singer Kate Roberts.

Kate’s varied repertoire of musical memories perfectly complemented the seasonal fayre served by staff to service users and their guests, which included a range of delicious Easter cakes.

Brookdale Service Manager, Salwa Moustafa, commented: “Our staff put a lot of time and effort into our Easter activities this year and I’m delighted at how they turned out, and the many positive comments we have received.

“Along with a very enjoyable performance from our talented singer, an Easter egg for every service user and the special Easter cards they made for their families, it all added up to a great way to celebrate this special time of year.”

Brookdale Resource Centre enables the carers of service users with advanced dementia to have an important respite break.

Clients enjoy a wide range of activities at the centre including arts and crafts, sensory stimulation and music and reminiscence therapies.

* For more information about Brookdale Resource Centre contact Salwa Moustafa on 01704 571026.

Ultimate Frisbee and Zorb Football come to Sefton parks

Active Sefton is proud to announce the launch of Sefton Park Nights.

The Easter evening events are a new scheme designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the fortnight (Monday March 26 – Thursday April 5) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, zorb football, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:
• Street Golf & Football at Derby Park (6-8pm) on Monday March 26
• Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Killen Green ( 5-7pm) on Tuesday March 27
• Zorb Football at North Park (6-7.30pm) on Wednesday March 28
• Climbing wall and games at Crosby Coastal Park (6-8pm) on Thursday March 29
• Street Golf & Football at Derby Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday April 3
• Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball (5-7pm) on Wednesday April 4
• Zorb Football at Marion Square Gardens Park (6-7.30pm) on Thursday April 5
• Street Golf & football Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday April 5
Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager , said: “We are delighted to be able to launch Park Nights after huge successes with other events in the past such as Sefton Lights.

“Park Nights promises to be two weeks of fun and free activities and thanks must go in advance to Merseyside Police who have worked so hard to help us bring this great programme together.”

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

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