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Golf supports new health scheme in Cheshire
July 22, 2011

Health workers on the Wirral are to be given the chance to tee up a healthier lifestyle for themselves.

The pioneering event for NHS staff and families takes place this month - and golf will be one of the activities on offer.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be holding its first ever Treating Yourself Well day, a major health and wellbeing event for NHS staff and their families, on Sunday, July 24 (11am-3pm).

The hospital's 6,000 staff and families will be invited to the event at Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington, Wirral.

Trust spokesman Richard May said: "The emphasis will be on fun and relaxation - a great way to celebrate the launch of the Trust's pioneering Fitter for Health campaign, which aims to encourage and support NHS staff to take up a regular sport or physical activity."

The Cheshire County Golf Partnership will be represented at the event, offering free taster sessions along with Tri Golf and GolfXtreme, which are aimed at schoolchildren.

Tony Davies, head coach at Moreton Hills, will be supporting the Partnership's activities while anyone attending the event will be able to sign up for any of the Go 4 Green projects at clubs in the area. These are designed to make it as easy as possible for beginners to take up golf with schemes aimed at all ages and abilities, including couples and ladies only.

County development officer Craig Thomas said: "This is an ideal opportunity to showcase the many health benefits that golf has to offer.

"Golf is the only sport that can be competitive at all ages and by all abilities and has health benefits as well as the sporting and social enjoyment. A round of golf equates to 12,000 steps or a 45 minute workout, improves flexibility, strength and overall fitness.

"The Go 4 Green campaign means there is a course of free lessons to suit everyone who wants to learn how to play golf and keep fit at the same time."

Added Richard May: "The Trust has been awarded the Inspire Mark by London 2012, which is why the event is being held one year before the start of the Olympics.

"We will be providing a wide range of activities and interactive events for people to experience on the day from a 2012metre run/walk/wheelchair or buggy push to taster sessions on all sorts of activities - anything, in fact, that prompts people to get on the move and get fitter for health."

The Go 4 Green 16-19 campaign is one of a number of initiatives undertaken by the Cheshire Golf Partnership, a collaboration of the major stakeholders in golf, including the English Golf Union, The English Women's Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

In Cheshire the partnership is supported by the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs, the Cheshire County Ladies Golf Association and the Cheshire PGA.

For more details of the activities in Cheshire visit .

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