Council’s guide to summer fun

Summer is here, meaning it’s that time of the year when children and young people are breaking up from school for a long and well-deserved holiday.
And while everyone’s idea of a good summer break is lazing about in the sun, it’s important that we stay active and healthy.

To this end, St Helens Council’s Public Health team has produced its Summer Guide, which shows you all the great things – big and small – happening over the summer right here in the borough.

It’s so easy to plan your day-by-day activities using the guide’s handy week-by-week calendar.

There’s more than enough to keep all ages entertained and active this
summer. Whilst many of the activities are free, you may still need to book
your place in advance to make sure you don’t miss out!

Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s important that we stay healthy by being active every day. Now that children and young people have finished the school year, there’ll be more opportunities for families to spend time outdoors.”

Keeping active is really important for good health. Physical activity, as well as a balanced diet, helps to keep our hearts healthy, our bones and muscles strong, and reduces the risk of serious illnesses. Activity is also a great way of reducing stress levels and lifting moods.

Children and young people should aim to be active for at least 60 minutes per day, varying this time between moderate intensity activities, such as cycling, to vigorous intensity ones, like sprinting and tennis.

Adults should also be active every day, but should aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, including weights, cycling, gardening and yoga, to name just a few.

To access the guide, go to www.sthelens.gov.uk.

You also still have time to make a small healthy commitment and Swap the Pop! Swap unhealthy drinks, such as high sugar or caffeinated beverages for healthier options, like sugar-free, non-caffeinated or – best of all – water!

Make your pledge at www.sthelens.gov.uk/swapthepop.