Fit & Food Project Raises over £100

7th April 2014 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Spring into Action’s Fit & Food project raised over £100 for Sport Relief by participating in The Hyndburn Mile back in March.

Two staff members and three clients from The Fit & Food project took part in The Hyndburn Mile for Sport Relief on Sunday 23rd March. The group have now collected in their sponsor money and have raised £115.50 for the Charity.

The Fit & Food project is a healthy lifestyles project aimed at adults with learning disabilities. The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of its clients by helping them to make small changes in their daily lives to support behaviour change towards better heart health.  Funding from The Big Lottery and British Heart Foundation enabled Spring into Action to launch Fit & Food in September 2013. Staff member Rachael McHugh said: “The Fit & Food Project has been running for a while now and clients are making great progress to improve their health. Specifically they are losing weight and changing their eating habits. We have space to take on new clients and for anyone wanting to learn how to make healthy meals and improve their health overall, this is a great project to get involved with.”

Lucy Hamlin, staff member added: “For our group to run this race and raise this money for Sport Relief is a massive achievement. When we met some of the clients back in September, there is no way they could manage to run a mile without being out of breath or needing rest breaks. We were delighted that three members chose to run the mile and all complete it in less that 19 minutes – the fastest being run in 11 minutes. They may not have run all the way round, but they didn’t stop moving and ran and walked it. The sponsorship raised goes to show what fantastic progress these clients have made in a short period of time.”

The Fit & Food project tracks changes through individual exercise and food diaries to share learning and development with others in the group. Participants also have a weekly ‘weigh in’ to track their weight loss, and get involved with local community events such as The Hyndburn Mile to raise money for other charities.

As part of the project, Spring into Action, who runs the group, have linked up with the Stepping Out Project to provide a weekly health walk and with Active Hyndburn to provide a weekly dancercise class. Both of these elements of the project are open to members of the community and they welcome new members!