A local Councillor has welcomed calls for the community to “Change for Life” by adopting a more healthy lifestyle Mary D’Albert, Councillor for St Mary’s ward in Prestwich, was speaking after a meeting of the Prestwich Local Area Partnership where the “Change for Life” scheme was launched in the area.
The scheme is part of a campaign to increase physical activity and reduce obesity across the country. Cllr D’Albert, the Liberal Democrats Health spokesperson in Bury, said “This is a great chance for local people to get advice on how to lead healthier lives. There’s lots of information out there on healthy food and opportunities for a more active lifestyle, and the Change for Life scheme will give people more chance to learn about becoming more healthy.”
Cllr D’Albert said that Prestwich was the ideal place to put the ideas of “Change for Life” into action. “We’re very lucky in Prestwich to have so much green space” she said. “From Prestwich Clough to Heaton Park, there are lots of places to go out and have a walk or play sport. And new play facilities like the Kersal Road playground and the ballzones around Prestwich mean that the whole family can join in.
According to Cllr D’Albert, the current Prestwich festival is a great time to get involved in the types of things that can make people “Change for Life.” She said “The Festival includes events like sports training, and a farmer’s market where people can buy good, fresh food. I’m going to get involved and I hope lots of other local people do too.”
The meeting of the Prestwich Local Area Partnership on 15th May approved a £1,500 grant for the production of a “Be Active in Prestwich” map. The map will highlight walks and rides around Prestwich for the whole family to enjoy. Cllr D’Albert said “This is a great step forward and another way in which we can all Change for Life.”