Smokers offered support to quit and get fit

27 February 2014 in Health
A brand new approach to help smokers give up has been launched by Newham Council and activeNewham.
The council’s stop smoking services have joined forces with the borough’s leisure trust to offer those who quit smoking three months free membership.

Membership includes access to all activeNewham gyms, group exercise classes and swimming pools.

To be eligible smokers aged 16 or over will need to signup for support with a Newham stop smoking advisor by 31 March 2014.

Nineteen percent of the borough’s population are smokers and last year, Newham’s stop smoking service helped more than 2,000 people to quit and wants to improve on this figure this year.

Regular physical activity can help with stopping smoking and has been shown to reduce stress. It can also improve self-esteem and mood and help to manage the weight gain which can be experienced when quitting smoking.

Councillor Clive Furness, executive member for health and adult commissioning said: “We’re committed to finding new ways to help our residents become healthier and live more active lives.

“We’re joining up with activeNewham to encourage more residents to change their behaviour and give them the skills to kick the habit and reduce their risk of disease.”

Find out more on the stop smoking page.