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Gloucester residents: it’s time to discover the Best You


Everyone knows they should eat healthily, stop smoking, exercise more and cut back on alcohol, but our busy lives and commitments can get in the way.

The Best You campaign has been launched exclusively in Gloucester to help make healthy lifestyle changes feel both easy and enjoyable.

The aim is to help people take one small step that can lead to new habits, rather than yet another item on a to-do list.

Sixty five per cent of adults in Gloucester city are classed as overweight, and get the least amount of exercise of anywhere in the county. Similarly, one in six 11-year-olds is classed as overweight or obese.

The campaign is being run by the county council, the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire Live in partnership with the Aspire Trust, the charity which runs GL1 and Oxstalls Tennis Centre.

Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles Service coaches will be at the Podsmead Fun Day on Saturday 2nd September. They’ll be encouraging residents to take part in some fun activities as well as providing information and support on how to make health changes to your lifestyle.

The event is being held on the green in Scotts Avenue outside Podsmead Big Local and runs from 12pm-6pm.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know in Gloucester we see significant differences in life expectancy. Too many people in the city die prematurely from cancer, heart disease and respiratory illness.

“We know that many of these deaths could be avoided if people stopped smoking, lost weight and reduced the amount of alcohol they drink. It’s not always easy to make these changes but our healthy lifestyles service is here to help and even small changes can make a big difference.”

Sarah Scott, director of public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know that in some areas of Gloucester we have poor levels of health and that is why we have launched this campaign.

“Best You is a really good opportunity to work with our communities to understand what’s important to them and how our services can support them to make positive lifestyle changes. So why not sign up to make your pledge today and discover the Best You?”.

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