Stay fit at 50

 

People aged 50 and over are being encouraged to find out more about staying fit and healthy at a special event.

Fit@50, organised by the Community Health Ambassador team (CHATS) and local councillors takes place on Thursday 4 February at Liverpool Aquatic Centre (12.30-4pm).

Free lung and health MOTs will be available along with taster sessions of Lifestyles activities, including Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, swimming and tennis, with a chance to win a free Lifestyle pass along with advice on how to make your home a healthy home. 

There will also be an opportunity to meet local councillors and police. The Citizens Advice Bureau and St Mary’s Job Club will also be present – and there will be a light lunch available.

And as the day coincides with World Cancer Day the iVan – the cancer awareness, information and support van -will be present to allow visitors to talk to a nurse about any concerns on cancer they may have.

Local councillor Helen Casstles said: “This health and wellbeing event is a great opportunity for those aged 50 and over to get information about having a healthier lifestyle, see what activities they could take up and get advice about health concerns they may have.

“As the day is also the World Cancer Day, we would encourage anybody who has any concerns over cancer to visit the iVan where information and help will be on hand.

“The word cancer still scares many people but you are twice as likely to survive cancer today as 40 years ago and when cancer is diagnosed early with treatment is more likely to be effective.”

Attending the event will be two people who have been successfully treated for cancer. Wavertree neighbourhood PC, Jim Rowlands, was diagnosed with cancer and successfully treated while in his 20s. Jim is urging everyone to be health conscious, whatever their age, and to go to their GP if they notice any unusual lumps or bumps.

Wavertree councillor, Rosie Jolly is a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed seven years ago, Rosie is encouraging all women to examine themselves regularly, not to be embarrassed or frightened and to go to their doctor if they notice any lumps or changes in their breasts.