Walk the Nordic way

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HARTLEPOOL is being targeted in a new health initiative aimed at getting the town into shape.

Sports development experts have revealed their plan to get the town fit and active in time for Olympic year.

Part of it involves a fitness-boosting scheme for the over-50s which involves walking Nordic style.

Nordic walking is already happening at sites in Hartlepool but the new scheme will see walking sessions held on an evening so that working people can join the fast-growing trend.

The Hartlepool Sports Development Team and Age UK Teesside have joined forces to offer the new project.

Sports development officer Rachael Pringle said: “We want to promote physical activity and health and utilise what we already have in Hartlepool which is green spaces and nature reserves.

“Walking is a cheap way to get fit and exercise.”

The first of the evening sessions starts on Tuesday, August 30, at Summerhill, with the first session running from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

The cost is £12 for a six-week course.

Nordic walking is only one example of the programme of walks which help people to get fit in town.

Another – called Prambles – encourages parents, grandparents and carers to take the children for a walk in Hartlepool whether they are in a pram or toddle on their own.

Rachael added: “Our role in sports development is to increase participation and we have different projects to help us achieve that.

“The aim is to try and get more people involved in sport.”

In a separate initiative, the town’s sports development team are also encouraging men to get fit by taking up cycling.

A six-week programme called Men’s Begin 2 Cycle gets under way on Thursday, August 25, between 4.30pm and 6pm.

The aim is to get town men healthy and develop their bike skills.

The cost is £12 for a six-week programme and interested people can find out more about any of the schemes by contacting Rachael Pringle on (01429) 284414 or email rachael.pringle@hartlepool.gov.uk

More details are also available at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/sportdevelopment