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Minister signs ‘Get Active Lanarkshire’ pledge

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 20:42 GMT on Wednesday 20th March, 2013.
THE Scottish Government’s minister for the Commonwealth Games and Sport has given her backing to the mass public activity day to be held in Strathclyde Country Park on Saturday 1 June.

Shona Robison MSP visited the Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds to help promote this free event which will allow all those who attend the chance to take part in free taster sessions of a plethora of activities that they may have always wanted to try but have not had the opportunity to do so.

While in Lanarkshire the Minister also took time to sign the ‘Get Active Lanarkshire’ pledge which aims to encourage Lanarkshire residents to increase their physical activity in the run up to and beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Shona Robison said: “Physical activity is easy, fun and the most effective way to better health, reducing the risk of a multitude of health conditions.

“Any activity, like walking, gardening or cycling, is better than none and makes you feel happier, less stressed and more energised.

“We want to capture the excitement of next year’s Commonwealth Games and see a lasting legacy that helps people to lead healthier lifestyles.

“Get Active Lanarkshire is a great initiative that will encourage and support people to do even small amounts of physical activity and I am happy to sign the pledge on behalf of the Scottish Government.”

 
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Get Active Lanarkshire is an exciting collaboration between NHS Lanarkshire (NHSL), South Lanarkshire Council (SLC), North Lanarkshire Council (NLC), South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLL&C), North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) and Healthy Working Lives (HWL).

Gabe Docherty, NHS Lanarkshire health promotion manager, 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 want to use this tremendous opportunity to encourage more Lanarkshire people, to get more active, more often.”

Hugh Sweeney, HWLs manager, continued: “Making a pledge to increase your physical activity 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 not everyone can be a winning athlete, but everyone will win by becoming more active.”

SLL&C 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.”

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

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