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Nine “healthy towns” part of new scheme

10th November 2008

Nine towns have become part of a new coalition, which is set to receive £30 million from the Government to encourage healthy lifestyles.

The towns – Dudley, Halifax (Calderdale), Sheffield, Tower Hamlets, Thetford, Middlesbrough, Manchester, Tewkesbury and Portsmouth – will share the money as part of the Change4Life scheme.

Populations of the towns will be encouraged to be more physically active and make healthy food choices, both in the community and infrastructure of the area.

Alan Johnson, Health Secretary, said: “Obesity is the biggest health challenge we face – every year 9,000 people die prematurely and a third of 11 and 12 year olds are overweight.”

“Healthy Towns” is just the start. Our aim is to create a healthy England,” he continued.

Each town followed a selection programme to be part of the movement and will see a loyalty scheme in Manchester, which will reward people whenever they exercise.

Tewkesbury is set to see a new urban garden, which will help residents keep fit and contribute towards the rebuilding following last summer’s floods.

A cycle recycle project is also set to begin in Thetford, with a project in Dudley named Let’s Go Outside, which is hoped will encourage more people to go to the local parks, following their revamping.

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