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Healthy hearts is the message at free fun day
Monday 18th May, 2015

A free family fun day focusing on the importance of heart health will hit Wigan town centre next week.

The Heart of Wigan Day on Saturday 23rd May will run between 10am and 3pm across the town centre with different zones teaching people about how to look after their own heart as well as the skills to help save lives.

Mixing the importance of keeping healthy through diet and keeping active along with the vital CPR skills and defibrillator locations across Wigan Borough, the event will capture the messages of Wigan Council’s Heart of Wigan campaign.

Heart of Wigan is helping to tackle cardiovascular related health problems in Wigan Borough. In 2013/14 there were 13,943 people with coronary heart disease who were registered with GPs in the town. That means one in 23 people have the condition.

Among the activities on offer will be health advice and health checks, sports challenges, caged football, and face painting.

There will be performances throughout the day on a stage in Market Place and further activities in the Grand Arcade and on Believe Square.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for adult and social care, said: “The Heart of Wigan campaign is one of the ways in which we are encouraging people to keep themselves healthy through diet and exercise. Getting people to look after their health is a key part of The Deal.”

Councillor Damian Edwardson, who is leading the Heart of Wigan campaign, aded: “We want to try and encourage people to live a healthy life and this free fun day is a great way for people to find out how to do that.

“We will have zones teaching CPR, healthy eating and representatives from Greenheart and green spaces to talk about getting outside and active. There will also be plenty of fun with Wigan Athletic Community Trust who will be running their football zone.

“Heart of Wigan Day is about getting people to enjoy their sport through fun activities and keeping healthy while also equipping people with the tools to save lives through CPR.”

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