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“It is about her enjoying being here – but also very much about her health and fitness. This is the best facility in the county, you have to use it, and recognise the need to keep yourself and those around you fit.”

These are the wise words of retired police officer Bob Wells, 65, who is a regular at Meridian Leisure Centre. He takes his 19-month granddaughter Lillie Field swimming most mornings.

Well, we want to make sure that as many local people as possible think like Bob.

Here at the Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, we are starting 2018 with a new and determined drive to see people ‘look great, feel great and live a great life!’

As we start another new year, there is a renewed energy among us all to increase people’s understanding of just what keeping fit and eating well can mean to them – and how simple changes to their lives can really make a difference.

There is no doubt that we need to continue to spread our messages – you may not be aware, but by the time our children reach the age of 11, a total of 21 per cent of them are classed as obese. Meanwhile, 45 per cent of adults in East Lindsey are judged as ‘physically inactive’, with 71 per cent overweight or obese, and 11,252 diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic.

These are statistics that we do not want to see – and they can be changed if people decide to come along. Join us for a chat with members of our committed, friendly and enthusiastic teams at Louth’s Meridian Centre, Horncastle’s Fitness Suite and Pool, Mablethorpe’s Station Sports Centre and the Embassy Pool and Fitness Suite, Skegness.

We have trained fitness, well-being and swimming instructors leading a range of classes for all ages and levels of fitness.

New classes for 2018 include Get FUNKed, walking netball and Unordinary Ensemble, which is a dance and drama programme for people with mental health conditions.

Health is about what you eat too, and we are lucky to have experienced Nutrition Consultant Marko Humphrey as part of the team. He spends his time holding sessions on how to eat well, simply and inexpensively, with a focus on parents with young families, and the elderly.

It is interesting to hear Marko’s views as he travels around the area: “I am often quite shocked at what is still going on. In general, people know what they should do but they are not doing it for a whole number of reasons. Not many people eat for nutrition, but instead they select their foods for comfort, appetite and stress – or indeed to celebrate.

“Small and simple changes can be made to anyone’s diet – and that is what I tell people, as well as showing them how easy it is to create healthy dishes,” he added.

So, take a minute or two to think about your life, your future – and what you can do now, with our help, to change! There is plenty of information on this website, or why not call in to one of our centres – you will be met with a smile!

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