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Make a healthy start to the New Year

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Published: 06/01/2014

This is a great time to incorporate a new physical activity in to your day, eat healthily and try something new. So from family walks to running groups or our healthy weight management programme for young people, here are some suggestions on how you can lead a more active lifestyle, whatever your age.


Re-thinking Eating and Activity for Children’s Health (REACH)

Re-thinking Eating and Activity for Children’s Health (REACH) is a fun, family, community based programme to help children aged 8 to 11 manage their weight.

The weekly programme is completely free for families (it’s funded by us and NHS South Gloucestershire), and features fun physical activity sessions for children along with healthy eating activities, recipes and support for parents. The programme lasts for a total of 10 weeks and can help young people gain confidence and make new friends. REACH courses starting in January include:

Every Monday (from 13 January) at Samuel White’s Infant School in Hanham (Ages 4 to 7), from 5.30pm to 7pm

Every Wednesday (from 15 January) at Woodlands Primary in Yate (Ages 7 to 11), from 4pm to 6pm

Every Thursday (from 9 January) at St Michael’s Primary in Winterbourne (Ages 7 to 11), from 5pm to 7pm.

To find out how to join, please call 01454 863937


Free Family Walks

Our new free family walks provide a fun way to be active as a family, enjoy adventures in the local area and meet new friends.

Weekly walks take place every Wednesday (from 15 January) at St Stephen’s Junior School in Kingswood from 4pm to 5pm, and every Thursday (from 16 January) at St. Nicholas Youth Centre in Yate, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

For more details call 01454 868744 or email

Our Walking for Health team are currently looking for volunteers to help lead walks. Support and full training is available, for more information please call 01454 868744 or visit


Run South Gloucestershire

Run England is the official England Athletics recreational running project which encourages more people to run, and to run more often.

There are a number of groups established in South Gloucestershire to help you on your way to running fitness. All groups are supervised by qualified and friendly leaders, open to everyone and suitable for all ages and abilities including beginners.

The Run England website enables you to search for a recreational running group near you or alternatively you can register as an individual to receive online support.

Find out more by picking up a Run South Gloucestershire leaflet at your local Active centre or library, calling 01454 862296 or alternatively visit



Parkrun is a series of timed 5K runs held in parks across the UK. These take place at 9am every Saturday morning throughout the year and are free to enter (provided you initially register online).

The first parkrun in South Gloucestershire was established in Little Stoke Park. New parkruns will be starting in Chipping Sodbury on 22 February and Pomphrey Hill on 1 March. The friendly parkrun team are ready to welcome you as a runner or volunteer, visit the parkrun UK website for more information and to register.


Active Family Club

Our Active Family Clubs encourage parents with children aged 4 to 11 to get active, be healthy, and have fun at the same time.

During the free 10 week course, clubs get together at various locations where you can experience taster sessions in a different activity every week such as healthy eating, multi-sports, climbing and archery. New Active Family Clubs in Yate and Kingswood are starting this month.

Find out more by calling 01454 863937 or alternatively email


Healthy Lifestyles Directory

The 2014 edition of the popular Healthy Lifestyles Directory for older people will be available to collect from local Active centres and libraries from February onwards. The directory features information about activities, organisations and initiatives that promote active lifestyles in later life. It includes everything from tips for exercise and healthy eating to details about Active Travel and friendship clubs.

For further information visit

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