More than 120 people attended a festival promoting healthy lifestyles and celebrated Whitehill & Bordon’s status as a Healthy New Town.
The Spring into Health Festival was held on the 25 March at Mill Chase Leisure Centre and allowed residents to see many of the fun activities on offer to people in Whitehill & Bordon.
The festival was organised by East Hampshire District Council with Community First for Havant and East Hampshire, and the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company in a drive to promote healthy, active lifestyles in the area.
Attendees had the opportunity to join in with many of the groups that are already operating in or around the town for free ‘taster’ sessions and find out more about the activities from the group’s representatives.
Activities on the day included a 5k run in the Bordon Inclosure held by Liss and Alton Runners, a free swimming session for families, and a walk led by the Walking for Health group.
There were also multi-sport activities, run by CM Sports, zumba, dance and cheerleading sessions, run by the Phoenix Theatre, a beginners' running session, organised by running club Runnyhoneys, bike checks, by Cycle Sphere, smoothie bike, from Energise Me, and a bouncy castle for the little ones.
Runnyhoneys, a local women’s running group, currently based in Petersfield, had so much interest at the event, they have committed to launching a club in Whitehill & Bordon.
Radian’s RKdia provided a free brunch and an opportunity to find out about other local sport and leisure activities in its Wellbeing Wagon.
Rushmoor Healthy Living, a health education company, was also at the event using the Radian Wellbeing Wagon to offer tests on: cholesterol, height, weight, waist, BMI, blood pressure, heart age as well as offering advice on smoking, alcohol units and exercise.
In February 2016 the NHS designated Whitehill & Bordon one of 10 Healthy New Town demonstrator sites. Now a wide range of public sector, private sector and voluntary organisations are working together to transform Whitehill & Bordon into a town where it is easy for people to live healthy, active and independent lives and have the care they need in the right place and at the right time.
Cllr Ingrid Thomas, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Welfare, said: “The festival was a great success. It gave residents a wonderful opportunity to get out and try something new.
“People were surprised at just how many groups and activities are on offer in the town, there really is something for everyone.”
East Hampshire District Council is organising another event of a similar nature on the 9 July. Festiwell will take place in Four Marks at the recreation ground. More details to follow.