News! LifeCheck Tool Launches

Getting personalised health information, whether to address specific concerns or just to see how healthy you are, can be a challenge. But with the launch of LifeCheck on the NHS Choices website, this will now be much easier.

The LifeCheck tool generates an individual health profile and health tips tailored to the user’s needs based on answers to a few key questions about age and lifestyle. The individual is then encouraged to set achievable goals to improve their health and wellbeing.

The new LifeCheck is a user-friendly tool covering all age groups from newborns to grandparents. It combines and extends three existing tools: Baby LifeCheck (5 to 8 months), Teen LifeCheck (12 to 15 years), Mid-LifeCheck (for the over 40s).

Health Minister Simon Burns said: “We all sometimes wonder whether we could be doing more to look after our health. Getting clear, reliable information that’s relevant to our own circumstances can be a challenge.

“LifeCheck offers a free, quick and easy way of doing this. By giving advice which is personalised and suggesting achievable goals it encourages people to think about how simple lifestyle changes can improve their own health and that of their families.”

To check out yours please click here. 

News! On the spot fines and clean up blitz for South Normanton and Pinxton

Bolsover District Council is set to blitz South Normanton and Pinxton on Tuesday 7th June 2011 following a rise in litter and dog mess in the two villages.

The action is part of their ‘It’s green, keep it clean’ commitment and is in response to local residents comments about dog mess and litter being thrown onto the ground.

The council’s officers and partner agencies will take a high visibility approach on the day wearing coloured tabards. They will not only clean up the dog mess and litter, but also talk with local residents about the problem, what hazards it brings and how much it costs the taxpayer to clean it up. They will also issue on the spot fines to anyone seen dropping litter or failing to clear up after their dog has fouled.

They will focus their efforts on the Market Street area in South Normanton in the morning, then move onto the area around Frederick Gent School at dinner time, before finally moving to the Hilltop and Wharf recreation ground areas in Pinxton in the afternoon.

The full article can be viewed on Bolsover District Council’s website by clicking here.

News! Making a Big Splash

Swimmers across Bolsover District will now be able to make a Big Splash after Creswell Leisure Centre became part of the nation’s biggest ever swimming campaign.

The Council has joined forces with
British Swimming and the BBC to deliver the Big Splash and inspire local residents to swim.

Creswell Leisure Centre is offering a number of exciting Big Splash activities over the coming months including:

  • Junior Aqua Fit
  • Crash Course swimming lessons
  • Family fun
  • £1 to swim at weekends
  • Special memberships to adults who enrol on the adult swimming lessons programme

And all of these activities will culminate into a special large participation event to be staged next year on Saturday 24th March 2012.

Pool users will also be able to benefit from comprehensive
web-based support where they have:

  • Access to a range of training programmes and tips, including British Gas Swimfit, which will help whether you're a beginner or a little more advanced
  • The chance to track your progress, including virtual challenges such as swimming the Thames
  • A chance to become part of the Big Splash online community

Double Olympic champion Becky Adlington is also supporting the campaign and said, “Swimming is my life but just getting in the pool a couple of times a week is a really great way of getting active and staying healthy. I’m right behind anything that encourages people to take the plunge and swim more often.”

You can sign up to the Big Splash initiative on their website or pop into Creswell Leisure Centre.

The full article can be viewed on Bolsover District Council's website by clicking here.

News! Singing their way to success

Dronfield Primary School have sung their way to success and picked up the prestigious 2011 title of Bolsover District Council School Choir Festival Champions.

The 50-strong choir wowed the audience and the judge with their harmonies and their innovative routines to scoop the top prize at the 10th Bolsover District Council School Choir Festival held at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton on Tuesday 24th May 2011.

Dronfield Primary School sang ‘Janie Mama’ and ‘Something Spooky’ and had the capacity audience tapping their toes and singing along to take the winners trophy, together with £500 for the school on music department.

One of the biggest school choir festivals in the East Midlands, it saw over 1,200 children representing 24 schools from across Derbyshire, with more than 150 friends and family cheering them on.

Adjudicator for the second year running was Simon Lole, a choral specialist who regularly works for the BBC and is one of the main Musical Directors for Radio 4’s “The Daily Service”, vocal coach and accompanist for Radio 2’s “Young Chorister of the Year”.

Runners-up were Walton Holymoorside Primary School who won a plaque and £250 and Whitwell Primary School won the trophy for the highest placed school within Bolsover District.

The event was sponsored by Mercury Newspapers and supported by the Co-operative, whose staff from their store in South Normanton where on hand to offer a range of healthy eating options to the children, including fresh fruit, fruit juice and smoothie drinks.

The full article can be viewed on Bolsover District Council's website by clicking here.