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Health Awareness match day

8 October 2014

Cheltenham game sees CST host health awareness day

When Shrewsbury Town meet Cheltenham FC next Saturday 11th October, STFC Community Sports Trust will be hosting special health awareness event for fans.

The event has gained support from Shropshire Public Health, and Shropshire Council Leisure Services, along with other private health organisations to give fans advice and support on the day about leading a healthy lifestyle.

Fans will have the opportunity to speak to healthy lifestyle advisors about cutting down or quitting smoking, reducing their alcohol intake, eating more healthily, being more active and improving their mental health and wellbeing.

Incorporating all of these themes is a new online tool which representatives from Shropshire Public Health team and the HeartAge Partnership will be present at the match to promote the tool. It works by individuals answering a few simple questions, then is produces your heart age compared with your actual age.  The tool can be found at www.heartage.me/shropshire, and has been tailored to link to activities, information and services in Shropshire which can help you reduce your heart age, and therefore your risk of early heart disease. 

80% of early heart disease could be prevented or delayed by some simple changes in lifestyles, and the HeartAge test is proven to be one of the most effective ways of encouraging some of those changes. So, look out for the team, and take the opportunity to talk to them, or take a leaflet to find out more.

The event will also see the newly formed STFC CST Walking Football group showcase the growing sport at half-time on the pitch. This adapted version of the beautiful game is aimed at men aged 55+, encouraging them to be more active in a moderate intensity activity.

Jessica Lightwood, Health and Inclusion Officer for STFC CST, commented “We are really pleased to be hosting this event with local partners, giving our supporters the opportunity to get brief advice on leading a healthier lifestyle”.

“The health of each of our fans is very important to all at the football club, we hope to provide opportunities for fans to get involved in local community projects to support them in making healthier choices”.

The Healthy lifestyle advisors will be within underneath the stands prior to kick off and at half time, information on leading a healthier lifestyle will also be in the match day programme.

Visit www.stct.co.uk for more information on health and inclusion programmes STFC Community Sports Trust deliver.

Visit www.healthyshropshire.co.uk for more information on local community services on leading a healthier lifestyle.

Community Sports Trust – 01743 289177 ext 215 or communitysportstrust@shrewsburytown.co.uk




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