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A healthy week!
Monday 24th September, 2012

A healthy week!
Andy Burnham attends an Under Fives storytelling session which promoted Dental Hygiene.

Wigan triumphed over Leigh in the borough’s first inter library bike challenge.

Scores of activities were held across libraries last week to mark Health Week - including a bike challenge between the two town centre libraries.

Visitors to Wigan library clocked up an impressive 304.5 miles on their exercise bike compared to Leigh’s 270.7 miles.

Health professionals from Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust were on hand to offer advice and top tips on weight loss, quitting smoking, how to eat more healthily and drinking sensibly.

Leigh MP and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham attended an under fives storytelling session at Golborne Library which encouraged youngsters to take care of their teeth.

He said: “Libraries are ideal places for people to find out more about healthy living and these types of events are definitely something I’d like to see more of.
“Health promotion and prevention have a major role to play in society.”

Organiser Wendy Heaton from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), who manage libraries on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “It’s been a great success and something we’ll look to build on next year.
“The cycle challenge was particularly popular – a friendly competition between the two central libraries emerged throughout the week with both desperate to win.

“Health trainers have been visiting libraries, helping to change people's lifestyles for the better. Having them in the libraries has increased their visibility and people have found the general health advice useful.”

A number of special events were also organised including a street dance demonstration at Wigan Library and a cookery demonstration at Hindley Library. The cookery demonstration proved so popular that the library is now planning a similar Christmas cookery event.

There was also a Pram Push held in conjunction with Sure Start, themed around the popular children's picture book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', which ended with a fruit tasting session.

Wendy Heaton, from WLCT, added: “We’d like to thank Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Sure Start for all their help and support during the week.”

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