Directors of Public Health from the East Riding of Yorkshire and Sefton recently put their pedals to the metal to highlight the health benefits of having more physical activity in your life.
Eight cyclists from the NHS and East Riding of Yorkshire Council got a great send off from Sefton on their 207 mile trip with local school children, community and cycle groups accompanying them from Southport on the first part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
Cllr Fred Weavers, a Sefton Councillor and borough cycle champion, officially started the cycle ride. Sefton’s Director of Public Health Dr Janet Atherton cycled with the East Riding group to Aintree, more than 14 miles. School children and teachers from Shoreside Primary met the group when they reached Ainsdale and 34 of their year 6 pupils joined the cycle ride.
Dr Tim Allison said:
“By eating well and moving more you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of heart disease. It also helps combat diabetes and high blood pressure, therefore enabling you to have a better quality of life and live longer.”
“The support we received from Sefton was great and we were really happy to be joined by so many people including the school children. It gave us a real lift at the start of the journey.”
The eye-catching Change4Life East Riding Public Health vehicle stopped at Shoreside Primary on route to help promote the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating to the children.
Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton’s Director of Public Health, added:
“Cycling is a fantastic way to get out there and improve your physical activity. Through this partnership ride we are showing that it is easy, no matter what age or physical ability, to get on a bike and cycle.”
The 207 Trans Pennine Trail ride followed the Public Health Way of the Roses cycle ride last year of 180 miles. The East Riding group reached their destination in three days, going via the Deep to pick up more people for the last leg to Hornsea. In addition more than £1000 was raised by the group for their chosen charities.