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Council staff get active for National Fitness Day

28 September 2018

Councillor Janet Emsley with council staff.

Staff and councillors at Rochdale Borough Council stretched their legs to celebrate National Fitness Day.

The annual event, which encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness by trying new activities, saw staff try out yoga, box fit, boogie bounce and guided walks around Rochdale.

There were also health checks for staff who wanted an assessment of their health, as well as massage and acupuncture sessions for those with injuries.

Councillor Allen Brett, Leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: "We all know how important it is to look after our physical and mental wellbeing but it's often easy to forget that during the working day.

"It was great to see staff take time out of their day to consider their health and try something new.

"I would urge organisations across the borough to encourage their staff to get moving and help us create a healthier borough."

We hosted the event in partnership with Link4Life and the Living Well team to celebrate the day which aims to get the nation moving.

Staff were encouraged to 'dress down' in their active wear and allocated 30 minutes to attend a session.

Adele Hoolahan, healthy workplaces coordinator at Link4Life, said: "We are really pleased that so many people took part in National Fitness Day.

"The event is just once a year but it is a great opportunity to talk to staff and encourage them to consider their own wellbeing as a priority all year round."

Research shows that to stay healthy, adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week and strength exercises on 2 or more days a week. By doing this people can decrease their risk of getting serious conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, as well as keeping muscles, bones and joints strong for longer.

Anyone interested in taking up physical activity to improve their health and wellbeing can find all sessions and courses available across the borough at Link4Life.

Or you can visit your nearest Link4Life centre where staff can assist you to find out more.

Find out more about Link4Life 

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