Posted: Monday 23rd April 2018
Organisations across the county are joining forces to launch our ‘It’s Never Too Late to be Active’ campaign this week, which encourages older Hertfordshire residents to enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle.
All residents that sign up to the campaign receive a free local activity pass for themselves and a friend, which will entitle them to a free taster of some of the wide range of enjoyable activities and classes provided by our district councils and leisure centres across the county.
They can also get personalised support to help them become more active and enter a prize draw for an iPad, Fitbit or £100 clothing voucher.
To help launch the campaign, over 40 primary schools across the county have invited family, friends and neighbours to join them in their Daily Mile, an initiative which has been running since 2016.
Hertfordshire County Council’s director of Public Health, Jim McManus, said: “Being active is nature’s prescription as it has so many physical and mental health benefits whatever our age; yet a quarter of 55-64 year olds are completely inactive and over 40% are not meeting the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes activity a week. These figures are much higher for those aged 65+.
“We hope that this campaign will inspire older adults to move more, and help all ages feel the benefits of regular activity and having fun together!”
Staying active keeps our body strong, mind sharp and gives us more energy to keep doing the things we love. It also boosts confidence, improves our mood and is a great way to meet people and have fun.
The Never Too Late campaign is part of Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity. To find out more and sign up, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/nevertoolate . Alternatively you can drop into your local library or call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044.