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A special week-long programme of free activities will be on offer for Burnley residents next month as part of a first county-wide health initiative.

Lancashire Health Week is being supported by Burnley’s Up and Active team and will provide a range of health related activities to encourage residents to lead a healthier lifestyle whilst having fun.

Between Saturday, 16th September and Sunday, 24th September, people will be able to take advantage of free MOT health checks, an organised walk up Pendle Hill, a traffic-free cycle ride, food growing and weight management advice.

Activities for children will include fruit tasting and healthy eating advice sessions held in local schools and after swimming lessons at St Peter’s Leisure Centre.

People will also get a chance to hop on a smoothie bike and whiz up a healthy snack before hitting the start line at the Fund Run event in Towneley Park on 17th September.

On Thursday, 21st September, residents are invited to put on their walking boots and walk for at least a mile in attempt to clock up 24,860 miles across the county – that’s the same distance around the earth.

Linda Searle, operations manager at Up and Active, said: “Lancashire Health Week will not only be a great celebration of what our service has to offer.

“Residents and visitors can expect a fun-filled week with entertainment, smoothie making, fruit tasting for children, MOT health checks, led walks, plenty of healthy lifestyle advice and freebies to name just a few.

“I would encourage people and families to get involved with this special event as it really has something for everyone, and it’s all free.”

For a full timetable of events in East Lancashire and where and when they take place, visit www.upandactive.co.uk

Commissioned by Lancashire County Council, Up and Active is in its second year and delivered in partnership with leisure trusts and district councils to encourage people to lose weight and live a more active and healthy lifestyle.

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