Libraries take the fitness lead

Head of Libraries Richard Bealing with Pauline Firth, stop smoking specialist advisor, Rita Devlin, outreach programming officer, and Wendy Heaton, libraries operations manager

Head of Libraries Richard Bealing with Pauline Firth, stop smoking specialist advisor, Rita Devlin, outreach programming officer, and Wendy Heaton, libraries operations manager

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WIGANERS are being encouraged to get in shape and active with the launch of a week of health-related activities taking place in the borough’s libraries.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust will be taking over the borough’s havens of books and reading with advice and ideas to promote healthier lifestyles for their Health Week.

The week will see everything from health-themed story-telling sessions for under-fives to cooking demonstrations of healthy recipes.

For those looking for something more active, an exercise bike challenge has also been planned between Wigan and Leigh Library, with the two old rivals going head to head to see who can clock up the most miles in the saddle during the week which runs from September 17 to 22.

Health trainers from the Bridgewater NHS Trust will also be available for discussions and advice about health and lifestyle issues such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and losing weight, while WLCT staff will be giving out information about free health programmes and activities being run across the borough.

The health week was launched at Wigan Life Centre’s Profiles health and fitness suite, and organisers hope Wiganers will find the week both informative and enjoyable.

Wendy Heaton from WLCT said: “Many people visit libraries to access books and information on lots of health issues such as quitting smoking or dieting but this is a chance to speak to those professionals in person who can help you to achieve a happier, healthier lifestyle.”

Andi Sizer, Clinical Network Lead for Health and Wellbeing at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this week of activities and information.

“It is a great opportunity for people to pop along for some simple advice and find out about the range of free services that Bridgewater offers.”