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Thamesmead residents look to be champions of healthy living

PUBLISHED: 10:05 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:17 10 September 2015

Penny Rockall with her certificate

Penny Rockall with her certificate

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The “Health Champions Initiative” gave locals the chance to attend a course on improving their health.

Nana Adjei with her certificateNana Adjei with her certificate

A Thamesmead public health team has been showing volunteers how to have a healthier lifestyle, for themselves and the community.

Local cabinet member for community wellbeing and public health, Denise Scott-Mcdonald said “It’s important for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle to have access to as much support as possible, and it’s great that people in Thamesmead can now get informal, but well-informed, advice from a trained group of volunteer advisers in their local community”

One of the volunteers, Nana Adjei said of the programme “The course taught me about healthy eating and where to go if I need advice. It has been very helpful for the cooking I do for the community club I am involved in and when I am at home”

The initiative comes after a study released last year by Public Health England revealed the percentage of adult’s overweight was 64.4% in the Greenwich borough.

Another of the volunteers believes the course has had a big impact, Penny Rockal, also of Thamesmead, said: “I have found it very easy to change habits and have started exercising for just half an hour a day. My children have benefited also.”

If you’re interested in attending any future “Understanding Health Improvement” courses in Thamesmead can contact Trust Thamesmead’s Health and Wellbeing Volunteer, Abu Bah at abah@trust-thamesmead.co.uk and for more details on future events can click here for more information.

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