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The team of volunteers who were nominated are all Physical Activity Leaders, who are responsible for delivering a group exercise session. There are 20 volunteers who form part of this team and they deliver a variety of sessions including: chair based exercise, walking, dance and aerobics, water walking & walking netball. The weekly sessions help […]

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Provided by Blackburn with Darwen’s re:fresh team, appointments are available to book at various locations across Blackburn with Darwen including: Care Network Hub, Blackburn Darwen Health Centre Darwen Leisure Centre Witton Park Arena National statistics show one in three people over 65 falls at least once a year, with most falls happening in the home or garden and often […]

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Most of us know about lung cancer, but fewer people are aware that smoking causes 15 other types of cancer. Besides lung cancer, smoking also causes 15 other cancers – cancers of the bladder, mouth, nasal cavities, pharynx and larynx, stomach, kidney, bowel, liver, pancreas, cervix, and ovaries, oesophagus and ureter, as well as myeloid […]

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Tony has been an active volunteer with re:fresh for a number of years as a walk leader before having to have a double heart bypass last year at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.  Shortly after his successful operation Tony also reached his 70th birthday.  After his successful operation Tony, went through the Active Living Cardiac Rehabilitation programme […]

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The shortlist includes kind-hearted neighbours who look out for others, individuals and groups who help bring people from diverse communities together, and those who go out of their way to help keep our neighbourhoods clean and smart. The Community Volunteer Awards are a collaboration between the Council and Community CVS. They bring together the CVS’s […]

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Last year Pennine Lancashire was successful in being named as one of 12 pilot areas to work with Sport England to develop bold new approaches to build healthier, more active communities. The pilot is called Together an Active Future and its primary aim is to increase activity levels for people with or at risk of […]

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Santa will arrive on his Sleigh at 1pm meeting families near Witton Park Arena, he will then lead a festive walk around the park making his way to his Grotto in the Cycle Centre. The re:fresh Blackburn with Darwen Team will be encouraging families to join in with Christmas songs whilst keeping a look out […]

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The Leisure Centre, which opened in 2010, will create a completely new gym experience for members, including an updated layout, state-of-the-art equipment and new flooring. All this will be achieved at no additional cost to the council. A large functional training area with a purpose built, freestanding gym rig, which can accommodate functional and suspended […]

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Of the 6.1 million smokers in England, six in 10 want to quit but most try to quit using willpower alone (or ‘cold turkey’) despite this being the least effective method.  The most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods. The best way to quit is with expert help from […]

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Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the country. It is estimated that over 50 deaths a day from these […]

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