The plan to get Wigan folk fitter and healthier is taking a more evangelical path as experts come out into the town centre.
Backers of the scheme says it is making it easier than ever for borough residents to access help and support to lead a healthier lifestyle, with the launch of HealthyRoutes on the High Street.
The initiative includes “well kiosks” where shoppers can pop in for a basic health “MOT” and pick up tips on how to quit those bad habits like smoking.
Officially opened by the Mayor of Wigan Counc Susan Loudon and situated on Crompton Street, HealthyRoutes on the High Street gives local people quick and easy access to help and support with stopping smoking, being more active, weight management, drinking less and improving mental wellbeing.
It is a new initiative commissioned by Wigan Council and provided by City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC).
Andrew Burnell, Chief Executive at CHCP CIC said he was delighted about the new venue’s opening.
“We are very excited to be bringing HealthyRoutes to the high street in Wigan.
“The innovative Well Point kiosks in the centre are a fantastic way for people to keep track of their health; you can just pop in to measure your weight, blood pressure, body fat and other key information.
“You can also use our pioneering QuitPal and Bite Size apps on your smartphone to support you to stop smoking or lose weight and we hope that bringing HealthyRoutes to the high street in this way will help local people to lead healthier, happier lives.”
Coun Keith Cunliffe, portfolio holder for health and adult social care at Wigan Council, said: “We want to make sure our residents have the best opportunity to look after themselves and we know that keeping people healthy will lead to happier lives and help reduce the cost of treatment and support people might need dealing with preventable conditions.
“This new store is another innovative way of helping our residents keep themselves healthy and making accessing support even easier.”
Residents can drop in to Healthy Routes on the High Street, which is situated at 8-10 Crompton Street, Wigan, six days a week:
* Monday 8.30am to 5pm
* Tuesday 8.30am to 7pm
* Wednesday 8.30am to 5pm
* Thursday 8.30am to 1pm
* Friday 8.30am to 5pm
* Saturday 10am to 2pm.
For details visit www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Health-Social- Care/Healthy-Routes, ring 01942 489012, or text ROUTES to 61825.