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Paralympic medal winner backs public health campaign

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Paralympic medal winner Ian Jones joined more than a hundred nurses, schoolchildren, visitors and patients to take part in a campaign promoting dance as excercise.

Ian Jones, who won two bronze medals in the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, was joined by Wythenshawe Hospital chief executive Julian Hartley, to encourage people to get fit and active.

The Great Hospital Let’s Dance! was organised to support the national campaign to get people to exercise and we were supported by the ‘Pulse’ dance company from nearby Newall Green High School who put together a dance routine and taught the gathered audience the moves.

Ian Jones said “I call exercise a vital necessity and the key to living a healthy lifestyle. As a Wythenshawe Ambassador, I’m delighted to support this initiative within the community to encourage everyone to get more active. I believe everyone should exercise, but it doesn’t have to be strenuous to make a difference.”

Mr Hartley said “We know that with instances of obesity on the increase in the North West, people need to be encouraged to eat more healthily and exercise more. This is the first in a series of initiatives we are planning here at UHSM to engage with staff and the community we serve.”

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