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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 14:18

Spelthorne Council launches Get Active 50+

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LOSRA has received the following email from Spelthorne Council:

Working with Active Surrey and Surrey County Council’s Public Health Team, Spelthorne Council has launched Get Active 50+, a project aimed at improving the health of older adults across the Borough.

People tend to be less active as they get older and we have an ageing population in Surrey. Almost one in five people are over the age of 65 and this is set to rise to one in four in the next 20 years. Being more active by doing something that raises their heart rate for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, can lead to both physical and mental health benefits.

Leading a healthier, more active lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym; it could be brisk walking, ballroom dancing or bowls. We can help. Did you know that by increasing your physical activity levels, you can prevent and manage many conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, joint problems and obesity? Being active can also lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease, improve symptoms of depression, reduce stress and prevent or manage osteoporosis, falls and hypertension.

Get Active 50+ is making it easier than ever for adults to lead healthier lives by putting on a varied programme of sports and physical activities for people to try. There are numerous sports and activities offered to encourage and inspire our residents aged 50 or over to try something new, get active and improve their health and wellbeing.

Visit www.spelthorne.gov.uk/getactive50 for details on the 50+ activities on offer in Spelthorne or call 01784 446433 for further information.

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