Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:47 GMT on Tuesday 5th March, 2013.
PEOPLE throughout Lanarkshire are being invited Strathclyde Country Park, this summer, for a brand new project with the message ‘Get Active Lanarkshire’.

The aim of the free event on Saturday 1st June 2013 is to encourage Lanarkshire residents to increase their physical activity in the run up to and beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Visitors on the day will be able to find out about the many benefits of adopting a more active lifestyle as well as the vast array of clubs, groups and services they can access to help them do this.

There will also be the opportunity to get free taster sessions of some activities they may have always wanted to try.

The event has been organised by NHS Lanarkshire (NHSL), South Lanarkshire Council (SLC), North Lanarkshire Council (NLC), South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC), North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) and Healthy Working Lives (HWL).

Neena Mahal, NHSL chair, said: “This is a hugely ambitious project which aims to encourage every Lanarkshire resident – young and old – to think about how they can increase their level of physical activity by even a small amount.

“The Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 will see huge interest in sport and all the partners involved want to use this tremendous opportunity to encourage more Lanarkshire people, to get more active, more often.”

Hugh Sweeney, HWLs manager, continued: “One of the focuses of the event on 1 June will be to ask people to make a pledge to increase their physical activity.

“This can be something like taking up running or cycling to joining a bowling club or even vowing to spend another 20 minutes walking the dog.

“We realise that increasing your physical activity won’t make everyone a winning athlete, but everyone will win by becoming more active.”

Councillor Hamish Stewart, chair of SLCs community services committee, said: “Get Active Lanarkshire is an excellent initiative which actively promotes the Games legacy both in the run up to the 2014 games and long thereafter.

“I will personally be signing the pledge committing myself to more physical activity in my daily life and I hope others will be joining me in making their own commitment to a healthier lifestyle.”

SLLC general manager Gerry Campbell, said: “We’re committed to providing as many opportunities as possible to develop sport and physical activity and the Get Active Lanarkshire initiative and the signing pledge builds on our commitment.”

Councillor Jim Logue, chairman of North Lanarkshire Leisure, said: “This promises to be a great event and I’d encourage everyone to come along and find out some of the ways in which they can get more active and enjoy the benefits that brings.

“It’s not all about going to the gym and working out; being active can simply mean walking to the shops rather than taking the car.

“The event is also a great example of public bodies working together – all we need is some good weather and I’m sure it will be a success.”

‘Get Active Lanarkshire’ will take place on Saturday 1 June at Strathclyde Country Park between noon and 5pm.

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