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Local paralympian to inspire others to take up new sports this new year

An event which is taking place in Basildon in the New Year will encourage adults with learning or physical disabilities to be more active in order to prevent serious health conditions.

Local Paralympic athlete, shooter Adam Fontain, will be launching the ‘New Year, New You’ event on Thursday 7th January. The event is being organised by care and wellbeing company, ECL, at its Ashleigh Wellbeing Hub on Whitmore Way from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

The event will educate people with disabilities about the importance of healthy lifestyles and inspire them to be more physically active. ECL has worked with Progressive Sports, England Athletics and Basildon Athletics to offer taster sessions of a variety of sports which offer achievable, fun ways of keeping active regardless of ability. 

Adam Fontain will be working with people throughout the day to demonstrate the range of sports on offer, which include basketball, dance, yoga and fencing to name just a few. The day will also include a health workshop where people will find out how to make healthier alternatives to popular meals and snacks, a blood and cholesterol checking station, as well as the chance to talk to the ECL nursing team.

Michele Dunn, ECL Head of Care, said: “Obesity is becoming an increasing national health issue and a third of adults in England who are obese also have a learning or physical disability. Despite this, people with disabilities are often overlooked when preventative measures and solutions are discussed.

“Here at ECL we are passionate about maximising the health and wellbeing of our customers and members of the local community, which is why we want to do something to tackle the issue of obesity and encourage people to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.”