MS Cen­tre takes up the 66 Day Chal­lenge

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

They say that it takes an av­er­age of 66 days to kick an old habit, or pick up a new one - and now is your chance to do it with the help of oth­ers. A brand new ini­tia­tive - the Mid Ar­gyll 66 Day Chal­lenge - of­fers mem­bers of the pub­lic the op­por­tu­nity to change the habits of a life­time. The pro­ject is be­ing de­liv­ered by NHS High­land, the char­ity um­brella body TSI and the lo­cal Health and Wellbeing Net­work, and the whole thing kicks off with full day launch event on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 17, ex­actly 66 days be­fore Christ­mas. So now is the time to have a think about what you want to achieve. The MS Cen­tre is help­ing out by of­fer­ing ser­vices such as ther­apy, mas­sage and ex­er­cise ses­sions, in­clud­ing yoga, Zumba, palat­tes and Thai Chi. The MS Cen­tre also of­fers a range of work­shops cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from self man­age­ment and ther­apy, in­clud­ing as­sertive­ness and, pain man­age­ment, to crafts such as knit­ting and quilt­ing. Also of­fered is sup­port groups for var­i­ous con­di­tions, and com­mu­nity events like cof­fee morn­ings, singing groups and live con­certs. MS Cen­tre man­ager Karen McCurry said: ‘The MS Cen­tre is more of a com­mu­nity cen­tre with an in­ter­est in health. Ev­ery­one is wel­come and able to find help.’ This group is fo­cus­ing on pos­i­tiv­ity, ask­ing pledgers to pick a good habit to pick up rather than drop­ping a bad one, to start with. The MS Cen­tre is newly dec­o­rated with a tree for pledges to hang their cho­sen good habits from. Karen, for ex­am­ple, is go­ing to have a bet­ter break­fast and sit down and eat break­fast ev­ery morn­ing, rather than grab­bing some­thing on the way out the door. There is also a text ser­vice you can sign up to which will prompt pledgers with nudges to keep them on their goal and in­spi­ra­tional words. In­di­vid­u­als can take the chal­lenge on their own, or in groups. Peo­ple can raise money through spon­sor­ship for lo­cal char­i­ties or take what­ever ap­proach they feel is right for them. For more in­for­ma­tion on these ser­vices, con­tact the MS Cen­tre on 01546 606303 or visit the Face­book page @mul­ti­plescle­ro­sis­cen­tre. ar­gyll Look out for the big launch event in Lochgilp­head Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 17, where there will be a mar­ket place, demon­stra­tions and a healthy food cafe. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Mid Ar­gyll 66 Day Chal­lenge, con­tact An­to­nia Baird at: An­to­nia.baird@ ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 604270.

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Linda Tough from Adult Learn­ing, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil; An­to­nia Baird, Mid Ar­gyll Health and Wellbeing Net­work Co-or­di­na­tor, also from the coun­cil; and Claire Cameron, MS Cen­tre Mid Ar­gyll - all hard at work plan­ning to help peo­ple change their lives through the chal­lenge.

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