Mayor takes to dance floor to help launch health group

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THE Mayor of St Edmundsbury took to the dance floor to help launch a new health organisation.

Cllr Christopher Spicer joined forces with BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Rob Dunger for a zumba class to kick-off the social enterprise So Active.

Based in Woolpit, the organisation helps people with their health through sport as well as outdoor and leisure activities.

During the launch, at Clarice House, in Bury St Edmunds, Cllr Spicer said: “I’m delighted to be part of the launch of this fantastic social enterprise which is going to be working hard across Suffolk to help people improve their health by doing more physical activity.

“If you’re feeling stressed out or run down you should take part in some activity. It gets vital endorphins pumping around your body which make you feel better.”

As part of their work, So Active is spearheading the ‘For Better Health’ initiative to give people of all ages the chance to test and review an activity they have never tried before.

Activities on offer through the summer include dodgeball, cheerleading, tai-chi, massage and spa or cycling off-road.

Simon Brown, managing director of the organisation, said: “Studies from the NHS and Sport England have identified that people who do more activity, no matter how small, reduce long term stress and improve their health.

“We aim to increase access to a wide range of sport, outdoor and leisure activities and give people the chance to try non-mainstream activities they have never tried before.

“Another of our aims is to allow the public and clubs, groups and associations to apply to us for funding to help them increase or improve their physical activity offerings.”

Mr Dunger added: “For Better Health is ideal for mums who are struggling to find activities for their children in the holidays.

“It’s not very often you get the chance to try out something new for free and not only that, you can have fun and get healthy while doing so.

“This is a great initiative.”

So Active generates income through a recruitment board and advertising posted on its website.

Registration for Better Health will be open until noon on April 30.

The successful registrants will be announced on May 3.

To register visit www.soactive.org.uk/forbetterhealth

For further information about the organisation log on to www.soactive.org.uk