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Walk your way into the New Year

Exercisers can start the New Year off with a walk which offers a full body workout!

Two new ‘Nordic Walking’ classes are being set up in both Northallerton and Thirsk.

“Nordic Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. “It burns more calories than regular walking, improves posture and co-ordination, allows the cardiovascular training intensity of jogging without the high impact and can alleviate neck and shoulder pain.

“The use of poles gives a work out to the upper body as well as the legs. The poles help propel the walker along, meaning they work harder than normal but with the support of the poles it feel easier. Its sociable and fun, so come along and have a go!”

– David Earl, Hambleton District Council’s Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing

The hour long taster sessions led by qualified and experienced Nordic Walking instructor run every: Wednesday in Thirsk from 10 – 11am, starting at Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre and every Thursday in Northallerton from 12 – 1pm, starting at Northallerton Leisure Centre.

£2 per session, poles will be provided but spaces are limited.

To book and for further details contact David Earl on 01609 767202.

Don’t cause a stink down your festive sink!

Putting leftover fat down the plughole could be a disastrous Christmas present for our seas, says the UK's leading marine charity.

With millions of households, restaurants and eateries serving up a fabulous festive roast today, the Marine Conservation Society is warning people not to pour leftover cooking fats and oils down the sink.

The MCS says sewers clogged up with fat stops waste water reaching treatment works and can ultimately result in untreated sewage ending up on our beaches and in the sea.

Fats, oils and grease – FOGs for short - can cause major problems in pipes, drains and sewers. This waste congeals to form blockages which can lead to flooding in homes and pollution in our seas.

Worse still, any flushed wet wipes team up with fats, oils and greases to make fatbergs, some as big as a double-decker bus!

“Making sure that fats and oils stay out of your dishwater, and away from your sink, may seem like a strange ask from a marine charity, but if everybody made that small change it could make a big difference to our seas and beaches.

“Blocked pipes increase the risk of sewers overflowing during heaving rainfall, allowing untreated sewage to spill into rivers and seas – bad news for the environment, wildlife and anybody who wants to enjoy a dip at the beach,” says Rachel Wyatt, MCS Water Quality Programme Manager.

– Rachel Wyatt, MCS Water Quality Programme Manager

So, along with other organisations working to improve bathing water quality through the #Binit4beaches campaign, like Keep Britain Tidy and the Environment Agency, MCS is highlighting this potential Christmas crisis with a brilliant downloadable graphic which can be displayed in the home or the workplace to remind people to get rid of leftover FOGs in the right way.

'Don't cause a stink – be nice to your sink' is one of a series of sharable graphics that's part of the MCS 'Know Your Poos and Don’ts' campaign which has been created by the Daughter creative agency, working with MCS. Six graphics remind people how the things they do in their daily lives – miles from the sea – can have a major impact on the quality of the UK's bathing water.

How to get rid of FOGs safely -*Pour into a heat resistant container then recycle or bin once cooled. *Wipe out greasy pans with kitchen roll before washing. *Catch greasy food scraps in a sink strainer to make sure they don’t go down the plughole.

To make sure you ‘Know Your Poos and Don’ts’, visit: www.mcsuk.org/clean-seas/know-your-poos-and-dontsand download the image either to print out to share on your social media networks.

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