Help to get you ac­tive

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

A be­lated Happy New Year to ev­ery­one in my first col­umn for 2012. If any of you have made a new year res­o­lu­tion to be more ac­tive this year, Sport Waikato can help you with in­for­ma­tion about clubs, ac­tiv­ity groups and ways to be more ac­tive.

Give our Ac­tive and Well team a call on 0800 AC­TIVE to get started and check out our web­site www.sport­waikato.org.nz for club and ac­tiv­ity op­tion in­for­ma­tion.

Fe­bru­ary is packed full of fun, ac­tive events to be in­volved with.

This is an an­nual na­tional cam­paign to get more Ki­wis on bikes, for ex­er­cise, trans­port and re­cre­ation. A se­ries of events have been or­gan­ised through­out Mata­mata Pi­ako to en­cour­age you to get back on the seat or to start cy­cling.

15,

– 6pm start­ing at Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary Founders Park.

Join Mata­mata Ped­dlers cy­cling club for a 21km, flat, fam­ily club-night ride.

A great op­por­tu­nity to start or restart cy­cling. Don’t worry if you haven’t done that dis­tance be­fore there will be plenty of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from club mem­bers to com­plete the ride.

Spot prizes and a heart-healthy bar­be­cue await you at the fin­ish.

Gold coin do­na­tion for Heart Week ap­pre­ci­ated. No reg­is­tra­tion re­quired.

at 1pm on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 12, BMX Park, Bur­wood Rd.

Learn how to nav­i­gate your way around the ex­cit­ing new Mata­mata track, pick up some race tips and en­joy some rac­ing fun. Spot prizes. Hel­mets are com­pul­sory. No reg­is­tra­tion re­quired.

Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 20, 2012, 6pm to 8.30pm, Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil Of­fices, corner Tui and Tainui streets.

Sports clubs and com­mu­nity groups look- ing for fund­ing. Want to make suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions? Come to our friendly ‘‘hands on’’ work­shop. Ba­sic fund­ing cov­ers: How to fill out a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion form, bud­get­ing for your project, sell­ing your project to the fun­der, tips on get­ting pre­pared, how de­ci­sions are made, other streams of fund­ing.

Spa­ces are limited. Reg­is­ter be­fore Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 15 with Ruth Stan­ley.

Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (heart, stroke and blood ves­sel dis­ease) is the lead­ing cause of death in New Zealand ac­count­ing for 40 per cent of deaths an­nu­ally – an as­tound­ing 16 deaths each day.

You can re­duce your risk of heart at­tack or stroke by Not smok­ing. Eat­ing a healthy heart diet. Be­ing ac­tive for at least 30 min­utes on most days of the week.

Check out www.heart­foun­da­tion.org.nz to pre­dict your heart age and risk of hav­ing a heart at­tack in the next five years.

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