Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● 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

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