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Stay active and live the DrEAM

Posted on 20 Sep 2017
People across North Ayrshire are being encouraged to Drop Everything And Move.

The DrEAM North Ayrshire initiative kicks off on 24 September with a fun run at Eglinton Park.

As well as the fun run, 5k and 2k, a family fun day is being held at Kilwinning Sports Club on Monday, an ice skating disco at Auchenharvie on Tuesday and Super Six golf at Routenpark Golf Club and Ravenspark Golf Club on the Thursday and Friday respectively.

 A health walk, aimed at everyone including those with long term medical conditions,  will take place in Eglinton Park on Thursday, while there will be other activities going on at Leisure Centres and clubs across the region.

To coincide with Nation Fitness Day on Wednesday, there will be a Schools Community Games Festival, synchronised swimming demo and a legacy event at the Portal.

DrEAM is an Active Communities initiative between KA Leisure, North Ayrshire Council and other partners across the area.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are really proud to be supporting this fantastic initiative. There are real health issues in North Ayrshire and we have to find solutions and being active is one of them.

“There are a whole of host of things happening and we’d urge people to get along to at least one of them. It could be the start of something that will make a real difference to your health and well-being.

“We all have busy lives and it sometimes feels that being active or doing something ‘healthy’ is not a priority as we juggle a million other things.

“What we are trying to do with DrEAM is give people realistic, achievable and, most importantly, enjoyable things to do.

 “If you can’t find the time, we are trying to give people ideas, like walking rather than driving to the shops, that they can incorporate into their daily lives.”

Audrey Sutton, Joint Chair of the North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership Active Communities Strategic Group, added: “Physical activity isn’t all about sport. Little things all help our physical and mental well-being. Sometimes just getting out into the fresh air, for example, has multiple benefits.

Although we’re launching DrEAM this week we hope that this approach will become something that encourages people to be more active on an ongoing basis.”

 For full details, check out www.dreamnorthayrshire.com