CCG chair and GP Dr Prakash Chandra wants everyone to be inspired by recent sport coverage
PUBLISHED: 09:13 24 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:13 24 August 2016
Andrew Baker. 07977074356
With the European Championships, Wimbledon, Olympics finished and the Paralympics to look forward to - this summer has been jam-packed with sport.
We know that today’s way of life is less physically active than it used to be. People travel on buses, trains and cars, rather than walking, and many people work in offices where they sit still for most of the day.
That’s why this summer, I want to encourage residents and their families to tap into the Olympic spirit and take the opportunity to get more active – whether that’s by taking advantage of some of the fantastic facilities that are right on our doorstep in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or by getting involved and getting fit in their community.
Incorporating healthy activities into your daily life can help to keep your heart healthy, reduce your risk of developing serious illness such as Type 2 diabetes and increase the strength of your muscles and bones. Being active can also be a good way of reducing stress. Generally, 150 minutes of physical activity each week can make you feel great and improve your health.
We’re working with Newham Council and other local organisations to make it easier for everyone to get moving. More than 29,000 residents from across east London recently walked, ran or cycled 54,325 miles in just six weeks as part of the Beat the Street challenge – which encouraged people to explore their local area, collect points and win prizes. We also plan to put on free activities such as cycling lessons, walks, workshops and talks.
There are a huge range of activities available for all ages and abilities and to suit any budget – from making a splash at the London Aquatics Centre or any of the council’s four pools to taking part in a game of rounders or joining a walking group.