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Accrington social club will help people get healthy
A SOCIAL club which promotes healthy lifestyles for adults with learning difficulties has launched in Hyndburn.
Fit and Food aims to improve health and wellbeing by helping people make small changes in their lives, through educational activities and exercise.
The project tracks changes through individual diaries to share learning and development with others in the group.
Lucy Hamlin is an organiser for social enterprise, Spring Into Action, which launched the project.
The 30-year-old said: “We have enough funding for six months through the Big Lottery and the British Heart Fund. Past that, we hope the project will continue somehow.
“We provide exercise and education about food and the importance of having a healthy heart “People with learning difficulties generally have a higher risk of heart disease because they tend to be overweight and not in control of providing their own meals.
“We are hoping to teach skills about what’s healthy, and about proper, quick and easy meals. We are educating about exercise because it’s important to do 30 minutes every day and it makes you feel better.”
As well as cooking and eating their own meals, participants will undergo fun activities, choose art activities and display artwork promoting healthy hearts.
Fit and Food runs from 10am until 3pm at the Spring Hill Community Centre, Exchange Street, Accrington every Monday. The cost is £10 and includes lunch, classes and refreshments throughout the day.
Spring Into Action provides services for people with disabilities or specialist needs and also offers developmental opportunities for children.
For more details on Fit and Food or Spring Into Action, call Lucy on 07742 510496 or e-mail email@example.com
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