Thursday, 26 July 2012
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths has supported the Groundwork North Wales Health Awareness Day at Alyn Waters Country Park to promote their all ability cycling project - Pedal Power.
Pedal Power offers unique opportunities in the area for people to enjoy the health benefits of cycling whatever their ability. The project supported by Public Health Wales takes place at a specialist centre at Alyn Waters Country Park, Wrexham with a bespoke bike trail around the park, training area and specially adapted bikes.
Louise Woodfine from Public Health Wales said “We know that physical activity has huge benefits in promoting good health and well-being, as well as helping to reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes type 2. The importance of physical activity is particularly the case for more vulnerable groups such as those with learning disabilities, physical or sensory disabilities, and for those who wish to improve their mental health and well-being. PedalPower provides opportunities to enable participation in physical activity in a fun and friendly way”.
Health professionals, care staff, clients and friends of Pedal Power were able to see and test the wide range of bikes available, including a new motorised bike and saw how the project makes cycling accessible for everyone.
Karen Balmer, Executive Director for Groundwork North Wales said “Some people can face difficulties when it comes to participating in physical activity but through our Pedal Power Project, they get the help , support and the specialist equipment they need to enjoy the health benefits of cycling. With over 6000 cycle rides taking place in the last two and a half years it’s clear to see how successful the project has been. We are now looking to expand and build up the service to show different groups and clients just how accessible and enjoyable cycling can be.”
Source: Public Health Wales