Major new campaign launches to keep Bucks active

  |  Published: Jun 8th 2016
A family enjoying an informal football game
A family enjoying an informal football game

Being physically active is one of the best ways to stay healthy for all age groups - and when it's a group activity, it's also a great way of staying socially connected.

That's why Buckinghamshire County Council's Director of Public Health Jane O'Grady today launched Active Bucks, a locally-based programme to create and promote fun and accessible activities in communities across the county.

Jane O'Grady said: "Physical activity is great for us all whatever our age. It keeps us happy and healthy, helps keep our minds sharp and helps us learn well at school. As adults it helps prevent illness and keeps us younger for longer. It's great for communities too, as communities where people are more active are healthier, wealthier, safer, friendlier and greener."

Recognising that we don't all have the motivation to take up a sport or start up a fitness regime on our own, Active Bucks focuses on getting people together for group activities which are interesting and enjoyable - including casual team sports, tai chi, dancing, rambling, and conservation. And for those that prefer something more unusual, there's also live action role playing - and even Quidditch!

Most sessions cost £2 - with some outdoor activities, such as guided walks, free. Many sessions have already started up, with more being added all the time during this year-long programme.

All activities are aimed at beginners, and age or level of fitness isn't a barrier. 

Adele Howlett, instructor for the Active Bucks Nordic Walking group on The Rye at High Wycombe, received a very grateful message from a retired lady who joined one of her sessions: "Just had to tell you how good yesterday's walk was. I felt so relaxed when I got home and was breathing easily too. The feeling even carried over to this morning: my jaw, neck and shoulders were still relaxed and I felt I could have climbed a mountain!"

Residents in Bucks who want to try a new activity can use our new activity search website to find activities and once registered, can get a voucher to try the first activity session for free. Please visit www.activebucks.co.uk.

Martin Phillips, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health, said: "Active Bucks is a large-scale project that takes a whole new approach to helping people get active, providing local opportunities across Buckinghamshire so that people can take part in something near where they live that's socially enjoyable and not necessarily too physically challenging. And the choice of activities is really wide, so anyone can find something that really suits them."

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