●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, a GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton, and executive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has teamed up with Cheshire East Council to offer free trial leisure passes to the first 25 readers who bring a copy of the Macclesfield Express into Macclesfield Leisure Centre.
The giveaway is thanks to Everybody, which is responsible for delivering leisure services in partnership with the council.
The news couldn’t come at a better time, as almost seven per cent of Macclesfield adults are officially obese or overweight.
This worrying figure was contained in a government report, which revealed that in April 2014, 6.45 per cent of Macclesfield adults had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30.
A normal, healthy BMI is in the 18.5 to 24.9 range. Meanwhile, a national survey carried out by the British Heart Foundation found that 44pc of British adults never do any exercise, which is bad news for our health.
Obesity increases the likelihood of people developing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Thankfully, it is easier than you might think to carry out the recommended two-anda-half-hours of moderate activity a week.
Moderate exercise is defined as anything which raises your heart rate or makes you sweat.
This includes simple activities such as vacuuming and jogging up and down stairs.
●● Dr Paul Bowen