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Leisure Centre promoting health of the people building it

Contractors building one of the South’s biggest leisure centres have resolved to make a healthy start to 2017.

Page last updated at 16 February 2017 at 16:39

Employees and sub-contractors of Interserve Construction Ltd, who are working on the new £25 million Fleming Park Leisure Centre in Eastleigh, have been getting healthy living advice from the HealthWorks team in the current building, which is next door to the new development.

The builders have made the most of the opportunity to have free health checks by the qualified Eastleigh Borough Council team. Health indicators, including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardio-vascular fitness, lung function and body mass index were all assessed, and advice was provided on stopping smoking and safe drinking levels.  

The checks are designed to help prevent a range of conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Ground Worker Foreman, Andy Bean, took part in the health checks. He said: “I have been supervising the groundworks at the new leisure centre project and I took part in the health checks sessions that were offered to the site workforce at Fleming Park.  The checks were a great way of highlighting the key health indicators and came with good, sound health and lifestyle advice from the HealthWorks staff.”   

HealthWorks is a 12-week physical activity referral scheme, designed to provide opportunities for people to improve their health and become more active. The service also offers free health checks to target groups, such as people aged between 40 and 74.

Gareth Drake, Interserve’s Project Manager for the development, said: “At Interserve we’re committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of our workers and our sub-contractors. Some of the team working on the new Fleming Park Leisure Centre fit into what some might see as the typical profile for the building industry – middle aged men who don’t routinely get their health checked.  The assessments provided by the council’s HealthWorks team have encouraged several of them to reassess their lifestyle and make changes.  We are pleased they have been given that opportunity by HealthWorks.”

Councillor Tonia Craig, Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for health and community safety, said:  “One of the Council’s key priorities is promoting a healthy community and the new Fleming Park Leisure Centre, as a major regional centre for sport and fitness, will be central to that ambition. Our HealthWorks team are an important component of the new centre and do excellent work. It is great that Interserve employees – who are making such a great job of building the new facility – have taken the opportunity to get their health assessed.”

The HealthWorks operation will move to improved accommodation when the new Fleming Park Leisure Centre opens.

The state-of-the-art building includes a huge, 15-badminton court sports hall and gym, and `wet facilities’ that encompass an eight-lane, 25-metre swimming pool (an increase from six lanes), a larger and more versatile learner pool, with a floor depth that can be altered depending on use, and a changing village. The new centre will also be family-friendly, with a crèche and a large soft play area incorporating party rooms.

To find out more about Health Works visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/healthworks, call 023 8068 4813 or email healthworks@eastleigh.gov.uk.