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September 11, 20180

As part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, we have teamed up with Saracens Sport Foundation to offer a free trial at their Love to Dance class in Borehamwood on a Friday between 1000 and 1130am.  The class is a fun and friendly dance session for over 50’s and takes place at Farriers Way Community Centre, Farriers Way, Borehamwood, WD6 2TB.  For more information or to book our free place please contact Clare Bellchambers, 020 3675 7215 or email healthandwellbeing@Saracens.net


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September 11, 20180

As part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, we have teamed up with Saracens Sport Foundation to offer a free trial at their Love to Dance class in Potters Bar on a Wednesday between 1245 and 215pm.  The class is a fun and friendly dance session for over 50’s and takes place at King Charles the Martyr Church, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3AS.  For more information or to book our free place please contact Clare Bellchambers, 020 3675 7215 or email healthandwellbeing@Saracens.net



August 29, 20180

Tabard Rugby Club in Radlett are looking for women who want a new challenge.  The session, which introduces the basic skills of rugby, are run in a fun, friendly and commitment-free environment.  Run by England Rugby in partnership with Tabard RFC, the campaign hopes to encourage women off the touchline and onto the field, helping increase the number in rugby.

England’s Katy Daley-Mclean said: “One of the best aspects of rugby is the variety of people you meet through the sport and the different characters and backgrounds fosters a fun and sociable atmosphere which helps to strengthen the bonds between yourself and your team-mates.”

All you’ll need to take part are a pair of trainers, your usual workout gear and a ‘have a go’ attitude. The session takes place on Wednesday 12 September between 6-9pm at Tabard Rugby Club, Cobden Hill, Radlett, WD7 7JN.  For more information, please contact Laura-Jo Pearce 07793 809586.



August 28, 20180

There’s an ideal opportunity for men to be the latest signing to ‘Shape Up’ and reap the health benefits this autumn, as a new weight management course gets under way in Bushey.

The 12-week programme called ‘Shape Up’ focusses on combatting the growing problem of obesity amongst middle aged men in Hertfordshire and is aimed at men aged 18 to 65 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over. Use the NHS choices BMI calculator to find out your BMI.

Sessions will take place at St Margaret’s School in Bushey on Wednesday nights between 7:30pm and 9pm from 26 September.

Participants meet up weekly for a 90 minute session consisting of a 30 minute educational segment and a 60 minute physical activity session. These two segments are delivered with the aim to develop a healthy relationship with food and change unhealthy behaviours and habits that cause weight gain.

Shape Up has seen over 850 men engage in sessions across Hertfordshire with participants recording a staggering collective weight loss of over 3.1 tonnes with 23.6 million calories burned over that time. Improvements in mental health have also been seen with 93% of participants reporting improved self-esteem.

A previous participant in Potters Bar, said: “Shape Up has been great. Over the 12 weeks I’ve lost so much weight around middle that I’m wearing shorts that I haven’t worn for years. I can actually bend down and tie my shoes laces now.”

Obesity is a national problem, and one that is growing fast. Currently 63% of adults who live in Hertsmere are carrying excess weight and this is predicted to rise. Promoting a healthy weight and increasing the levels of physical activity will help lead to a reduction in risk of major diseases, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.

This course is open and accessible to all, delivering at a number of different venues across Hertfordshire. Participants can get involved with Shape Up by contacting 01923 494391 or andrew.garlick@watfordfc.com. For more information visit the Shape Up website.

The free Shape Up weight management course is funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund, PFA, Hertfordshire County Council Public Health and Hertsmere Health and Wellbeing Partnership. The male-only programme is delivered by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.

For more information about health and exercise in Hertsmere visit our Physical Activity and Healthy Eating page.

 


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August 21, 20180

We are pleased to offer a six week power Yoga class starting on Monday 10 September, 7.30-8.30pm at Allum Hall, Elstree, WD6 3PJ. The cost of the course is just £35.

A strong athletic based class involving strength based yoga moves. The pace of the class is fast and muscles will be challenged in a variety of strong postures. Relaxation at the end will help to calm the mind after this challenging session.

To book your place or for any enquiries please email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk or phone 020 8207 7801


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August 9, 20180

Get on your bike for the chance to win some great prizes and get fit by taking part in the Cycle to Work day with thousands of enthusiastic cyclists.

The UK’s biggest cycle commuting event will be held on Wednesday (15 August), but you don’t have to be a regular rider to get involved.

The day has encouraged complete beginners to take up cycling because all you need is a bike and the will to try.

So whether you own a bike already or have access to one from a friend, neighbour or colleague, why not give cycling to work a go.

The annual event, which started in 2012, brings together thousands of enthusiastic riders to hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling.

If you cycle to work there’s also the opportunity to win some prizes, to find out more visit https://www.cycletoworkday.org/

Plan out your cycling route today by using: https://www.cyclestreets.net/



August 7, 20180

We Move She Moves is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £56 million to over 16,000 local community projects.

The grant will be used to subsidise Learn to Run courses in Potters Bar and Shenley. Learn to Run is an eight week course aimed at total beginners who want to build their running confidence in a safe and friendly environment. The course is aimed at those who have always wanted to get running but have felt they were not fit enough, fast enough or strong enough. Participants are gently introduced to running before the intensity increases over the weeks.

The Learn to Run course will start on Tuesday 4 September at Oakmere Park. This course will run every Tuesday for eight weeks from 7pm to 8pm. Details of the Learn to Run course in Shenley will be available soon.

There will also be a Learn to Run course from Monday 3 September at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, every Monday for eight weeks between 7pm and 8pm.

The Potters Bar course costs £15 and if you would like to find out more or book your place, email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk or to find out more about We Move She Moves, visit www.wemoveshemoves.me.uk

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Learn to Run is a great course that enables people to get fit and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle at a pace that suits them. Thanks to the Bags of Help community grant scheme, we are able to open this up to residents in Potters Bar and Shenley at a reduced cost for the first time.

“If you’d like to get running, but anxious about starting, then I’d encourage you to book on to this course. It’s a friendly and inclusive running club, so you’ll get fit and have a great time too!”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.