Older people in Andover were given free health checks recently as part of a new local initiative to raise awareness of the importance of staying active later in life.

The Active Community Coffee Morning at Andover Leisure Centre explored ways of staying active later despite having older bones and looked at the health benefits that come with physical activity.

Visitors were given the chance to have a free ‘Health MOT’ which included an overall health check and flexibility, grip and balance tests.

They also had the chance to hear an educational seminar presented by Valley Leisure’s community development manager, Liz Murray, which explained the national campaign called ‘Start Active, Stay Active’. It highlights the ways in which the elderly can get active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Jane Trim, who came to the event, said: “I’ve been staying active and doing Zumba Gold classes at the leisure centre since February and I’m happy to say that I no longer need my diabetes medication because of it!”

The group also received freebies including a seven day activity passes to use at Andover Leisure Centre and free pedometers to measure how much they move each day.

The coffee morning also raised £130 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Alc Coffee Morning

Alc Coffee Morning