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Healthy Charlie is ‘Ride On’ Message
Friday 3rd June, 2011

Healthy Charlie is ‘Ride On’ Message
Cllr Keith Cunliffe gives Charlie Lowe a send off at the Wigan Life Centre.

Charlie Lowe is getting on his bike with a message directed to the borough’s blokes.

He’s part of NHS Ashton, Leigh & Wigan’s Health Improvement team and he’ll be undertaking a mammoth 12 hour bike ride on Friday 10 June to highlight concerns for men’s health across Wigan Borough.

The aptly named “twit-a-thon” will kick off at 8am, live on Wish FM. Charlie will be Tweeting all day online to document his ride round the borough with pictures, videos and posts via a live feed @WIGANMENSHEALTH. Charlie will be calling at numerous locations all around our area including Leigh Sports Village, Three Sisters Country Park, as well as workplaces, local landmarks and other smaller venues.

Charlie has some big name backers, including Wigan Warriors, Wigan Athletic, Leigh Centurions, Heinz and Wigan Council. They have all registered to play a part in the twit-a-thon. In addition to a fly-by visit on the day, the major Wigan brands have donated match tickets, signed memorabilia, gym memberships and hampers to drum up further support for the initiative.

All these prizes will be up for grabs, along with a number of other one-off items, to followers of @WIGANMENSHEALTH on Twitter in daily prize draws throughout the upcoming National Men’s Health Week (June 13-19).

And stars from the world of showbiz have already pledged their support with the cast of Corrie recently welcoming Charlie to join them on the cobbles of Weatherfield in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of men’s health issues. Closer to home, the exciting new Wigan Life Centre saw the launch of his Twitter thread, when Charlie was joined by the council’s cabinet lead for healthier communities, Cllr Keith Cunliffe.

Some of Charlie’s top tips from his Twitter feed:

  • Weekend's nearly here...Try swapping the last orders kebab for breakfast cereal when you get home. A third of the calories and 90% less fat!

  • Sun's out in Wigan, get yourself moving in the fresh air for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week. The gym isn’t the only option.

  • Wigan men's life expectancy IS improving but we're still in the bottom 13 per cent in the UK. We as men can play a massive role in changing this...

To show your support, enter the prize draw or receive a visit from Charlie on the day, call 01942 481739 or contact through Twitter; www.twitter.com/wiganmenshealth

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