Outdoor gyms installed to tackle town’s obesity crisis

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A series of outdoor gyms have been installed across St Helens in a bid to help beat the town’s obesity crisis.

It is hoped the gyms, which have a variety of resistance and cardiovascular type equipment, will increase activity levels.

All the outdoor gyms are wheelchair user friendly and can be used by any aged over 14.

Matt Davies, public health programmes officer for St Helens Council, who was part of the team behind bringing the gyms to St Helens, said: “Barriers such as time and money have an impact on a person’s ability to practice a healthy and active lifestyle.

“Outdoor gyms offer the perfect solution to these barriers and are a fun way of promoting a family approach to being active as they can encourage parents who sit and watch their children play to have a go.”

The gyms can be found in Mesnes Park, Nanny Goat Park, Old Lane Park, Queens Park, Sherdley Park and Taylor Park.