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Free swimming for a month for people with diabetes

Residents of southern Oxfordshire who have diabetes can sign up for a month’s FREE swimming thanks to a special offer from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils.

This month’s offer is to coincide with World Diabetes Day on 14 November.

Would-be swimmers will need to register for the offer by emailing participation@southandvale.gov.uk or by calling 01235 422219 by 30 November.

Once they have received confirmation, they can visit the participating leisure centres throughout November to swim as many times as they like. The month-long swim deal will start from the date of the first swim.

The scheme is part of the district councils’ GO Active Get Heathy county-wide programme to support people with diabetes into physical activity.

Physical activity is an important part  of a treatment plan, especially for people with type 2 diabetes.  Not only does exercise affect the heart health and lower blood glucose levels, but it can also improve sleep quality.

The programme has support from Active Oxfordshire and is funded by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning group.

The participating centres are:

  • Abbey Sports Centre, Berinsfield
  • Didcot Wave
  • Faringdon Leisure Centre
  • Henley Leisure Centre
  • Thame Leisure Centre
  • Wantage Leisure Centre
  • White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Abingdon

Cllr Lynn Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Leisure at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Since launching earlier this year GO Active Get Healthy has helped hundreds of people with diabetes across the districts get more active.”

Cllr Alice Badcock, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Swimming is fun and a great way to get active and keep healthy.  We aim to help people in our area with diabetes and this way they can swim as many times as they want during the month and hopefully get into the swimming habit.”

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