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Lewsey Community Festival

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Active Luton Says ‘Let’s Do This’ at Lewsey Community Festival

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Residents in Lewsey Farm and the surrounding area are being encouraged to get their trainers on and join a 1km fun run on Saturday.

The event will take place as part of the annual Lewsey Community Festival from 2pm at Lewsey Sports Park on Saturday 24 June.

Active Luton, together with the National Charity Partnership (Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco), are inviting residents to take part in free indoor and outdoor activities and have the chance to win prizes throughout the day.

Families can try out fitness taster activities including; Studio Cycle, Core Stability, Nordic Walking, Mini Golf and swimming – all for free.

Representatives from the National Charity Partnership will be encouraging people to sign up to their 8 Week Challenge, an online tool which allows people to set and monitor their health-related targets and encourages them to keep going and achieve their goals. 

It is part of the partnership’s Let's Do This campaign to support adults to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease by taking small steps towards healthier lifestyles.

Matthew McKee, Prevention Programme Manager for the National Charity Partnership, said: “Eating too many unhealthy foods too often, a lack of regular exercise and being overweight is known to increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as other conditions.

 “Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease are both serious conditions which affect millions of people, but are largely preventable through lifestyle changes.

 “We know that being physically active can reduce the likelihood of people developing these conditions and we hope that by giving people more opportunities to get active, such as at the Lewsey Community Festival, it will encourage them to think about their wellbeing and start making small changes towards better long-term health.”

Thanks to funding from the National Charity Partnership, Active Luton has been able to set up a successful series of free Health Walks across the town. Residents will have the chance to sign up to a Health Walk at the festival, and when they sign up they will receive a free gift, a Go4Less card and a 10 sessions for £10 voucher to use in Active Luton centres.

Festival-goers will also be able to check out their health on the day, using Active Luton’s Health Station located at Lewsey Sports Park.   In just four minutes, it gives individuals details of blood pressure, body fat, heart rate and an overall heart age.

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton said: “We are delighted to be working with the National Charity Partnership to deliver events in the area that help people take small steps to good health.

“The Lewsey Community Festival will be a great opportunity for families to have a fun afternoon but also to take a little time to think about their health and general fitness.” 

The Lewsey Community Festival starts at 12pm until 4pm on Saturday 24 June. Further details can be found at www.activeluton.co.uk