Council to pledge £480k for keep-fit activities
RESIDENTS are being encouraged to get physical through a £480,000 programme of health-related activities.
The money is going towards projects organised by voluntary and community groups across Staffordshire so they can get people fit and active.
It coincides with Staffordshire County Council taking over responsibility for public health in the county from April. Activities in the pipeline include walking groups, zumba classes, football and boxing. There will also be projects to promote healthy eating and tackle obesity.
Councillor Robbie Marshall, cabinet member for public health and community safety, said: "While active and healthy lifestyles have huge benefits for individual residents, they have a wider benefit to taxpayers too, preventing ill-health and the amount of money we spend on medical problems caused by unhealthy lifestyles.
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"I'm delighted that we have got a wide range of voluntary and community groups involved in delivering services that will have a real impact in our local communities."
Groups involved include Age UK North Staffordshire, Cruse Bereavement, Time4Sport and Staffordshire Moorlands CVS.