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Edition No. 102

Date:- 07 June 2003

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Take the healthier route to work!

WORKERS across Sefton can swap their car for the saddle, bus or train and win some prizes during the Sefton Commuter Challenge (June 9th to 20th).

Sefton employees are being urged to help the environment and improve their health by ditching their cars and using pedal power or greener means to get to work.

Individuals and organisations taking part in the Sefton Commuter Challenge can earn themselves brownie points for each day they travel to work by bike or public transport.

At the end, the person or team with the most points can earn vouchers and other prizes.

How about joining the Sefton Bike to Work Week, which runs from June 16th to 20th? 

It is part of a national campaign to encourage employers to hop on their bikes and cycle to work. 

Both challenges form part of the fifth Sefton Healthstart Festival programme, which runs until June 28th. The Festival has been organised by Healthstart in partnership with South Sefton and Southport & Formby Primary Care Trusts and Sefton Council to promote healthier lifestyles and encourage physical activity.

Lisa Corkhill, Healthstart’s Event Manager, said:- “Cycling to work is a great way to get fit, save money and do your bit for the environment. We hope employees throughout Sefton saddle up for the challenges and improve their lifestyles as a result of taking part! Just remember, cycling regularly can help to prevent cancer and coronary heart disease, two of the UK’s biggest killers!”

The council and the two PCTs are taking the lead by encouraging their own employees to take part by offering staff incentives such as tasty free breakfasts.

Other events in the Festival programme are:-

Sports Excel – Throughout June
Green Transport Commuter Challenge – 9-20 June
Sefton Bike to Work Week – 16-20 June
Sefton Cycle Challenges – 18 Jun & 26 June
Sefton Cycle Tour – 22 June
Corporate Games – 26 June
Kids Excel Fun Day – 28 June

The Festival’s charity beneficiary for 2003 is the British Heart Foundation.

Report by Healthstart's Nick Williams.

MAKE the most of Southport Jazz Festival this month and enjoy a good meal while savouring the sounds of some of the best jazz musicians in the country.

Southport boasts more than 200 restaurants
- with cuisine almost as diverse as the jazz – and many will be staging concerts during the four-day festival that starts on June 19.

Whether you want to enjoy music from the gypsy spirit of guitar duo Modjango at New China City or entertainment from the six piece Latin jazz band Apitos Pequeno at the Café Bar, ‘dinner and jazz’ at the Southport Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend an evening 

Lord Fearn, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said:- “This year’s festival is going to be absolutely spectacular and what better way to celebrate the occasion than in a nice restaurant with fine food and good music.

The close proximity of all the festival venues makes Southport perfect for this event and will cater for those who want to listen while having a quiet drink or meal to those who just want to party at the Jazz Festival Club.”

The restaurants are now taking reservations for the festival and for diners the entertainment is free of charge. Restaurants taking part include Amber, The Café Bar, Valentinos, Pizza Express, New China City, The Cedar Tree and Pizzeria Mamma Mia.

Almost 200 artists will be converging on the resort during the festival and other concerts include the voice, sax and soul of M-People Snake Davis and Heather Small, The BBC Radio Big Band with Claire Martin and Ian Shaw, the Big Chris Barber Band, Sefton Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Fapy Lafertin Quartet and Jamie Cullum.

The Southport Jazz Festival Club at Southport Arts Centre gives jazz lovers the chance to see eight concerts, under one roof on the same night, in what is sure to be a real party atmosphere.

For a free copy of the Jazz Festival guide or for further information call the events hotline on 01704 395511.

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