Active lifestyle roadshow planned

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AN ACTIVE lifestyle roadshow where families and children can pedal on scooters, try out an all-ability climbing wall and make smoothies is set to roll into Arkwright on Thursday, November 3.

Health and sports professionals from across the region, including village games officers, the School Sport Partnership, leisure centre workers and children and young people’s health promotion programme workers, are to park interactive stalls and displays as part of NHS Derbyshire County’s first ever Active Lifestyle Roadshow.

Taking place in the Arkwright Centre, just next to Arkwright Primary School, the Active Lifestyle roadshow aims to show families and children that there are local services on their doorstep that can help them to lead healthier, more active lives. The event is the latest initiative being launched by NHS Derbyshire County to get families active and eating healthily.

Recent figures published by NHS Derbyshire revealed that childhood obesity rates in Bolsover exceed the Derbyshire average – with 20.8 per cent of 10 to 11 year olds measuring as obese in the 2010/11 National Child Measurement Programme. This compares to the county average of 18.0 per cent.

During the event families and children will be challenged to test their climbing prowess on an all-ability bouldering wall, make a smoothie on the ‘smoothie bike’ and take part in interactive games and activities in the all-weather sports ground adjacent.

On hand will be lots of advice, free food tasting sessions and access to up-to-date information on healthy eating and nutrition. Parents and carers will also have the chance to win a cordless cycle computer, which tracks speed and has in-built mapping, at Derbyshire County Council’s Scooter Smart Training stand.

Jane Hicken, children’s obesity coordinator at NHS Derbyshire County, said: “The Active Lifestyle Roadshow aims to be a fun, interactive way for local families and children to sample the benefits of eating more healthily and leading more physically active lives.

“There will be lots of activities, and we aim to show families and children that there are accessible facilities right on their doorstep that can make a difference to their lives which they’ll enjoy too.”

The event will take place from 3.30pm to 5.30pm in Arkwright community centre hall.