1610 calls on South West Communities to help make a million moves in global fitness challenge

Posted: 26th Feb 2016

Category: Health & Fitness

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Schools in the South West could benefit from new gym equipment if 1610 succeeds at new global fitness challenge.

Five 1610 leisure centres in Somerset, Devon and Dorset are taking part in the Technogym “ Lets Move for a Better World” global challenge which takes place from March 1-19.

The challenge involves local communities donating moves or physical activity using Technogym cardio vascular equipment in leisure centres to encourage adults and children to embrace fitness and help fight rising obesity rates.

1610 is aiming to donate a million moves to win the challenge and donate free gym equipment to local schools.

Trinity Sports and Leisure in Bridgwater, King Alfred Sports Centre in Burnham-on-Sea, Caryford Sports Centre at Castle Cary, Dorchester Sports Centre in Dorset and Torridge Leisure Centre in Devon are all taking part in the challenge.

18 countries are taking part in the challenge worldwide but the top 3 winning entrants in the UK will win free gym equipment to donate to local schools. Trinity Sports and Leisure in Bridgwater took part in the challenge some years ago and came fourth in the UK leader board.

Its hoped that the local communities in the Sedgemoor area of Somerset will take part in the campaign at Trinity Sports and Leisure and King Alfred Sports Centre to kick start a more active lifestyle. A recent Active People survey by Sport England found that Sedgemoor has a significantly higher proportion of its adult population overweight than the national and regional averages. Its figure of 73.4% is the highest in the South West and the fifth highest in the whole country, 7% more than the Somerset Average and 10% more than the UK Average. Similarly Its obesity levels at 29.9% is higher than the average in England. The Sedgemoor District also lags behind in the populations physical activity figures compared to other districts within the county. With 1 in 5 adults (21.3%) not participating in any form of physical activity.

1610 Fitness Development Manager Joe Philip says that anyone can donate moves to the campaign for 1610, from sports teams to business executives, all are welcome to come along and embrace fitness for a great cause; “ You don’t have to be a 1610 member to come along to the five centres taking on the challenge, we just need people to donate moves on the gym equipment. We came so close to winning before so we are calling on local South West Communities to help us reach a million moves and give some much needed gym equipment to local schools in your area.”

Special  “Yellow Parties “ are also being held at the participating 1610 centres where anyone can join in and donate some moves to the campaign and have some fun.