On course to improve health

Hartlepool resident Muriel Turpin (left) with fitness instructor Paula Edwards

Hartlepool resident Muriel Turpin (left) with fitness instructor Paula Edwards

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PEOPLE can get help to improve their health with the launch of two new courses.

Hartlepool Borough Council is set to launch two new group exercise courses aimed at residents with health-related problems.

Both courses are run under the Hartlepool Exercise for Life Programme (HELP) and are designed to improve mobility, ease pain and improve quality of life for people with a wide range of health problems.

The first is at Headland Sports Centre, Technogym Fitness Room, and – offers both Cardiovascular and strength building exercise to improve all aspects of general health.

It is on Wednesdays from June 13 to August 15, from 6pm to 7pm, and costs £2.60 for casual users, £2.10 for Council Active Card holders and £1.70 with a Concession Active Card.

The second is at Owton Manor Community Centre, Wynyard Road and offers pilates, therapeutic exercise for back care and improving abdominal strength.

It will be held on Tuesdays, from June 19 to August 21, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. It costs £2.60 for casual users, £2.10 Council Active Card Holder and £1.70 with a Concession Active Card.

Participants may be referred by their GP or health practitioner, but for people with minor health problems, it is possible to self-refer to the scheme by contacting Lorraine Harrison, the scheme co-ordinator.

She said: “These courses offer specialist support to those who have been advised to increase their activity levels due to a range of health-related problems.

“Regular exercise helps to reduce many long term health risks.

“We are fortunate to have the very latest fitness equipment in Hartlepool and leading qualified instructors offering help and guidance.”

For further information or to book contact Ms Harrison on (01429) 284363 or email lorraine.harrison@hartlepool.gov.uk