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New Year Health Kick at Wigan and Leigh Libraries
Friday 28th December, 2007

Residents in Wigan and Leigh will be given the opportunity to get a head start with their New Year’s resolutions as Wigan and Leigh’s libraries host a Health Week.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s libraries team has organised a variety of healthy activities taking place from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th January. The activities will give people a helping hand in their New Year quest to eat healthily, become more physically and mentally active and to have plenty of fun.

Leigh Library will be offering something for everyone, from toddler aerobics to osteoporosis screenings. For the more adventurous, there are Tai Chi tasters and DJ and MC sessions.

For those in the west of the Borough, Wigan Library has dancing, a Fit 4 Fun Academy session for young people, a Play Station competition, and even blood pressure and diabetes checks. Most sessions are free of charge but booking is recommended for some activities.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Access and Inclusion Officer Anne Turner said: “The week is packed with activities and advice sessions for all age groups and abilities. We want people to come along, enjoy themselves and maybe it will help them to kick start a healthier lifestyle. Libraries can provide people with information about everything and anything and we like to see them as active places full of positive energy and activities.”

Throughout the week, in both Wigan and Leigh libraries, there will be information stands with advisors on hand from Nugent Care and the Trust’s Active Living, Sports Development and Active Life teams to answer any queries on healthy living.

For more information about these events please contact Wigan Library on 01942 827621 or Leigh Library on 01942 404404 or via the website www.wlct.org/libraries.

Activities are as follows:

Leigh Library

Monday 7th January
11.00am-12.00pm, Toddler Aerobics
9.30-12.30pm in Derby Room, Free Blood Pressure Check
Courtesy of Lloyds Pharmacy

Tuesday 8th January
1.30pm-2.30pm, TAI CHI Taster Session
Loose clothing and flat shoes advised.

Wednesday 9th January
9.30am-2.00pm, Hand and Nail Care from the Image Centre
Free nail polish courtesy of students from Wigan & Leigh College.
11.00am-12.15pm, Under 5’s session
This is the way we brush our teeth with help from the dental health advisor.
5.30pm-6.30pm in Derby Room, Expresso 45 Session
A training circuit suitable for complete beginners. Age 14 upwards.

Thursday 10th January
10.00am-5.00pm, Osteoporosis Screening (Cost £10)
Booking recommended. Tel: Mr Evans 01925 292641
1.30pm-2.30pm, Chair Based Exercises
For everyone with limited movement - a fun way to exercise.
6.00pm-7.00pm in Derby Room, DJ & MC Session
For ages 11-19 years

Friday 11th January
2.00pm-3.00pm, Ready Steady Health
With Leigh Library’s own cookery expert. Booking advisable.
10.00am- 5.00pm, Osteoporosis Screening (Cost £10)
Booking recommended. Tel: Mr Evans 01925 292641
5.00pm-6.00pm at Westleigh High School, Community Multi-Sports Session
For boys and girls age 8+. Just turn up.

Wigan Library

Monday 7th January
1.00pm-2.00pm at Charter Suite, Wigan Town Hall, Tai Chi Taster Session
Loose clothing and flat shoes advised.
2.00pm-3.00pm at Charter Suite, Wigan Town Hall, Salsa Dancing Taster Session

Tuesday 8th January
2.00pm- 4.00pm, Free Blood Pressure and Diabetes Check
Courtesy of Lloyds Pharmacy
4.00pm- 5.00pm, Dance Session
For ages 11-19 years.

Wednesday 9th January
Fit 4 Fun Academy
Practical advice on health and fitness for those aged 5-16 years.

Thursday 10th January
2.00pm-3.00pm at The Charter Suite, Wigan Town Hall, Line Dancing Tea Dance
Tea will be served afterwards in the library.
4.00pm-5.00pm, Community Multi-Sports Session
For boys and girls aged 8 plus.

Saturday 12th January
1.30pm-3.30pm, Play station Competition
First prize £20 voucher.

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