easy enough to decide to start living more healthily, but sometimes
harder to turn good intentions into action.
Gloucestershire's Feelgood Friday event at the Learning Centre was
organised with a simple message: make little changes to your lifestyle
and you can make a BIG difference to your health.
day featured a range of activities, expert advice and a special
appearance from the stars of BBC1's Fat Nation series.
Good Friday gallery - 18 pictures)
Centre manager Clare Parrack described the bustling event as "really
being swept off her feet by salsa tutor Thomas Melendez, she said:
"Although we've had the Principal of Gloscat and the Managing
Editor of BBC Gloucestershire through the door today, we didn't
manage to get them dancing!"
fitness trainer Graeme Hilditch
impressed by the nimble footwork of Mr Melendez, Clare said she'd
"definitely recommend salsa to anyone looking for a combination
of fun and exercise."
fitness guru Graeme Hilditch put punters through their paces on
a high-tech rowing machine.
a former fitness coach with one of Australia's leading rugby teams,
also spoke about the benefits of doing exercise you enjoy.
help relax after all this gruelling physical activity, participants
could unwind with a free Indian head massage.
of TV's Fat Nation and former junk-food addicts Joe Ward (right)
and John Bradley, were at the Learning Centre to share the benefits
of their experience.
autumn The Fat Nation series focused on a Birmingham street where
half the residents were overweight.
the end of the series they were all in far better shape thanks to
the support of the F-Team experts, and the still-trim boys showed
that their lifestyle changes had had a lasting effect.
the Fat Nation stars' stories here
part of the fun BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Vernon Harwood broadcast
live from the Learning Centre, with healthy breakfast served to
listeners who came in and took part.
also tried out the rowing machine and some of the Big Challenge
exercise tips - including walking and buttock-clenching!
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