Former BBC weatherman, Michael Fish has offered his backing for the Healthy Eastbourne campaign which is being launched this weekend.
The 69-year-old Eastbourne resident, who grew up in the town, admitted that he isn’t as active as he should be, but insisted the Healthy Eastbourne campaign would provide the impetus in his own life.
“I love walking with my wife,” he said. “Eastbourne has the loveliest seafront in the UK and is the perfect backdrop to encourage you to get out and get exercise.”
“Last year my wife and I went to Peru and walked at Machu Picchu which is almost 8,000 feet above sea level. We had an amazing time.
“I think the Healthy Eastbourne campaign is a very good idea, and I know I would do anything to get a bit fitter.”
Healthy Eastbourne has been developed by the Eastbourne Strategic Partnership and is being launched to coincide with the Eastbourne Sports Festival.
The campaign has the support of the East Sussex County Council’s health team, as well as voluntary and community organisations in the town.
It has been developed with financial support from Eastbourne Council, Eastbourne Homes, and health improvement grant from the former Primary Care Health Trust.
Central to the campaign is a new website at: www.healthyeastbourne.org.uk which has information on different events, activities and services available in Eastbourne for those wanting to improve their health.
It covers everything from dance classes and cookery courses, to offering help to stop smoking.
Leader of the Council, Cllr David Tutt, said,“I can’t think of anywhere better than Eastbourne, with its stunning promenade and beautiful downland setting, to get fit and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“The council is delighted to be supporting this campaign which highlights all the events and activities available in the town designed to promote healthy communities, which is one of this council’s key corporate priorities.
“Let’s aim to make Eastbourne one of the healthiest places in the UK.”