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The Luton Mela Takes Health to Heart and says ‘Let’s Do This’

The Luton Mela, a festival renowned for its colourful fusion of music, dance and aromatic foods, is back. Now in its 17th year, it will be adding a special health and wellbeing ingredient to the mix.

Families can enjoy a range of fun and free fitness activities at the Mela in Wardown Park, Luton on Saturday 5 August, thanks to Active Luton and the National Charity Partnership; a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco.

The free taster activities on offer include Dance Aerobics, Mini Golf and Table Tennis. Residents are also invited to compete in the highly anticipated tug-of-war event from 12pm.

Representatives from the National Charity Partnership – which is dedicated to helping people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease through physical activity and eating healthily – will be on hand to offer expert advice on how to achieve your health goals and how to find physical activity classes available in the local area.

Matthew McKee, Prevention Programme Manager for the National Charity Partnership, said: “We aim       to inspire people at the Mela to find out about the great activities available in Luton.

“We hope that by giving people more opportunities to get active, it will encourage them to think about   their wellbeing and start making small changes towards better long-term health.”

Active Luton has set up a successful series of free Health Walks thanks to funding from the charity partnership, as part of its Let’s Do This campaign. The campaign encourages people to take small steps towards healthier lifestyles by signing up to free local activities.

There will also be an opportunity for residents to sign up to the Walk, Jog, Run sessions and if people sign up for the Health Walk at the Mela, they will receive a free gift, a Go4Less card and a 10 sessions for £10 voucher to use in Active Luton centres.

Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton said: “We are delighted to once again be partnering with the National Charity Partnership on this project, which has already seen many individuals make positive changes to their lifestyle.

“The Mela provides a great opportunity to enjoy fun fitness activities but also gives people a chance to chat about ways they can improve their general health and wellbeing.”

The Mela starts at 12pm on Saturday 5 August. Further details about the festival can be found at www.activeluton.co.uk and for more information and to sign up for local physical activities visit www.lets-dothis.org.uk.