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New initiative at Hadleigh and Boxford health centres aims to boost physical activity in communities




Inactive to Active launch at Hadleigh Health Centre. (5372625)
Inactive to Active launch at Hadleigh Health Centre. (5372625)

A new health initiative, which seeks to improve the levels of exercise and physical activity in local communities, has been launched at health centres in Hadleigh and Boxford.

The Inactive2Active project, funded by Abbeycroft Leisure, which operates Hadleigh Pool and Leisure, kicked off with the goal of helping inactive people to find the right type of activity to get them on the path towards a healthier lifestyle.

Initiated by the Hadleigh and Boxford Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) and supported by Suffolk Sport, the scheme is particularly targeted at adults currently doing less than the recommended weekly levels of physical activity.

It also aims to help those who are suffering with poor health, a long-term medical condition or low mental wellbeing.

Participants will be able to make an appointment with in-house physical activity advisor Janet Lawrence, who work with them to identify activity that is appropriate for their circumstances.

Janet said: “I am delighted to be able to work with the team at Hadleigh and Boxford health centres, and encourage patients and staff alike to feel more positive about becoming physically active.

“I know it can often take a little bit of support and advice to help make small changes, and I encourage patients to come to see me.”

Claire Turnbull, business development manager at Abbeycroft Leisure, added: “Just make an appointment at the reception and we’ll help with everything else.

“You may be surprised at what there is on offer for you right on your doorstep.”

The weekly service is currently running every Tuesday between 9.30am and 3pm at either Hadleigh Health Centre or Boxford Health Centre.

For further information, telephone Hadleigh Pool and Leisure on 01473 823470 or go to www.ssleisure.co.uk.



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