Sports clubs and personalities from across the county are joining forces with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust as part of a special health day to be held at Leicester Market during the February half term.
Taking place in Market Square on Tuesday 18th February between 10:00am and 3:00pm, Healthy Living Day is a brand-new event organised by the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust Stop Smoking Service’s ‘Balls to Stop’ campaign, which is supported by some of the region’s biggest sporting names.
The event is being held in partnership with Leicester Market to promote healthy lifestyles. The day’s activities will provide people with information relating to smoking, the importance of an active lifestyle and tips on how to eat healthily.
As part of the day, BBL Cup winners, Leicester Riders, will be in attendance. Establishing a small-sized basketball court in the square, the Riders will be encouraging young people to play basketball. The BBL Cup itself will be on display, whilst Leicester Riders players will meet fans and deliver shooting tips.
The Stop Smoking Service will be on hand to speak to people interested in quitting smoking, providing helpful advice, tips and information on the best ways to give up for good. The Trust’s weight management service and dieticians will be on hand to offer their advice and give information about free support programmes.
‘Balls to Stop’ campaign ambassador boxer Rendall Munroe is also set to be in attendance to support the day’s activities. Leicester Hockey Club will be talking to shoppers about the forthcoming European Trophy Tournament, which the club is hosting at Loughborough University in June.
Leicester City Football Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club are also partners of the ‘Balls to Stop’ campaign.
Leicester Market chef, Adam Piotrowski, will deliver a cooking demonstration to members of the public, providing information on how to cook a delicious beetroot falafel dish; whilst Leicester City Council will be on hand to provide healthy living information as part of Our Healthy City, an initiative backing Leicester residents to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who leads on health in Leicester, said: “The Our Healthy City initiative is all about encouraging people to make small changes to their lifestyle that can make a big difference to their health. I’m sure this event will showcase lots of healthy ideas, inspiration and support and I would urge people to go along and see what’s on offer.”
Louise Ross, Stop Smoking Services Manager, said:
“We’re very excited about the prospect of working with so many organisations that are dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle. The ‘Balls to Stop’ campaign has allowed us the platform to showcase our service on a whole new level – and the support of our ambassadors and local professional clubs has been fantastic.
“I hope that people in Leicester take the time to come down and visit Healthy Living Day and enjoy the activities on offer whilst finding out more information about how to make some healthy lifestyle changes.
“I would like to thank Leicester Market for their generosity and support in hosting Healthy Living Day, as well as Leicester Riders and Leicester Hockey Club for taking part.”
Adam Piotrowski, Leicester Market Development Officer, added:
“We are very excited to be welcoming this excellent event to Leicester Market. There will really be a lot on offer in terms of information, support and activities and we anticipate a lot of families coming down. I am really looking forward to cooking up an easy, fun and tasty dish with healthy ingredients which can be purchased at the market 6 days a week.”
Times for player/ambassador appearances are to be confirmed shortly.