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Leyton Orient, Public Health and Waltham Forest Council team up to kick off healthy JanUary campaign

12 January 2016

Leyton Orient Trust, Waltham Forest Council and Public Health have teamed up to help raise awareness of inactivity and obesity in support of the JanUary campaign by delivering two key events tomorrow and January 16 in the borough.

JanUary 2016, which is taking place between January 11-17, is intended to raise awareness of obesity and the positive steps the public can take to live a healthier lifestyle. The organisers have called for the public to join in with a ‘National New Year’s Resolution’ and pledge to make a small lifestyle change such as exercising more regularly or cooking from scratch more often.

As part of this, Leyton Orient Trust in partnership with Waltham Forest Council and Public Health will be running two events to raise awareness. The first event will take place on Wednesday, January 13, where over 100 primary school children from local schools have been invited to the Matchroom stadium to take part in a day of workshops delivered by local partners covering topics such as healthy cooking, oral health, diet and nutrition, active learning and the importance of physical activity.

On Saturday, January 16, the week will culminate with Leyton Orient hosting a health awareness match day before their game against Exeter City. As part of this they will be offering free health checks for residents and fans at the SCORE centre before the match, these will be available on a walk-in basis between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on the day or by contacting the trust to book a specific time in advance. Orient Fans will also have the opportunity to pledge their healthy New Year resolutions on social media by sending a tweet to the trust (@LOTrust) with the hashtag #HealthyJanUary

The following week will then see the launch of a new Football Fans in Training programme (starting on  January 22) that will support men aged 35+ to get fit, lose the belly and get behind the scenes of their local football club all for free!

Cllr Ahsan Khan, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“Leading an active life and eating sensibly are key to staying healthy and happy, and it’s particularly important we do all we can to ensure young people understand this from an early age.

“By supporting the JanUary campaign, we hope to reach as many residents as possible – young and older – helping them learn simple lifestyle changes that will improve their health and wellbeing, and highlighting the many sport, leisure and health services on offer in Waltham Forest.”

Phillip Smith, Health and Wellbeing activator for Leyton Orient Trust said: “Latest research from Public Health England notes that Physical inactivity is one of the top ten causes of UK ill health and is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths, quite scary statistics! Being active even for just 30 minutes a day can reduce risk dramatically and so we are extremely keen to raise awareness and support our local residents and fans to achieve this.

"We hope these events will act as a springboard to raise awareness and we, alongside all partners involved in these events are committed to offering opportunities for people to keep fit and healthy both physically and mentally. We’re very excited to be launching a number of new programmes in 2016 that will help provide further opportunities in the borough."

Professor David Haslam, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Obesity is one of the great public health issues of our time, and it is important that local communities come together to help each to support their health and wellbeing. That’s why local events and promotions are such an important part of JanUary.

“We want this week to be a landmark in the way the country deals with its health. There are simple and positive things that we can all do to help ourselves, and we hope the public will be inspired by events like these and will join our National New Year’s Resolution.”

Members of the public can enter their New Year’s Resolutions and receive information on healthy eating, nutrition and exercise by visiting the JanUary 2016 website – www.jan-u-ary.co.uk.

For further information about the events or Leyton Orient Trust please contact Phillip Smith (020 8556 5973 / Phillip.smith@leytonorienttrust.org )




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