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Heart of England Mencap project aiming to get people moving

Stratford Editorial 12th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

GETTING inspired to get fit and healthy is the name of the game for Heart of England Mencap.

The Clifford Chambers-based charity, inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics, has lined up a host of activities across its residential and day services in the district as part of a Feeling Healthy project.

It aims to encourage people with learning disabilities to live healthier lifestyles, the activities will be taking place throughout the summer and include mindful meals cooking courses run by nutritionist Jo Withers, Tiger Feet adapted dance sessions run by Embody Dance and mindful movement relaxation courses run by Sarah Douglas.

Helena Wallis, chief executive of Heart of England Mencap, said: “Good health begins with promoting well-being and preventing ill-health.

“People with learning disabilities have significantly poorer health than people who do not have a learning disability. We want the people we support to eat well, stay active and have a healthy mind, and this grant is enabling our customers to do all three.

“Teaching them how to prepare the right meals, enjoy exercise and use movement to reduce anxieties can be empowering and life-changing.”

The project has been funded by a grant from Joint Healthy South Warwickshire – made up of contributions from Public Health Warwickshire, South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Stratford and Warwick district councils.

County council health spokesman, Les Caborn, added: “Small changes to what we eat and how we stay active can make a very big difference to both our physical and emotional well-being.”

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