Around Ealing Spring 2014 - Page 33

PUBLIC HEALTH Get out there Whatever your age, there is strong evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier, happier and longer life, as Andy Mahady discovered. P eople who are regularly active have a lower risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, stroke and some cancers. The good news is that Ealing Council is making it easy for you and your family to enjoy being active this summer. FREE CLASSES IN THE PARK Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for adults, health and wellbeing, said: “The council’s free summer parks programme includes outdoor activity classes for people of all ages and abilities. The sessions take place across the borough and are led by qualified instructors. Last year almost 3,300 adults and children attended the free sessions. “As well as the health benefits it is a great way to meet new people and make friends. Last year many people who attended said the classes were fun, sociable and boosted their confidence.” ‘I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER’ Kewal Krishan Sharma, 72, of Southall, said: “My friend told me about the group exercises and I try to come regularly. I’ve really enjoyed them and feel so much better for it.” Many of the borough’s parks also have free outdoor gym equipment so you can exercise in the fresh air. There will be free instruction sessions this summer, showing you how to safely make best use of the equipment. GUIDED WALKS There are also several guided walks setting out from locations across the borough. Walking is an underrated form of exercise despite being ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is sociable too – you can make new friends and have a good chat. There is no need to register for the