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Parking costs slashed this weekend for get-fit initiative

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A SPECIAL parking deal has been struck to support a fitness drive in Croydon's town centre this weekend. NCP is reducing all-day rates by 50 per cent today (Saturday) and tomorrow at both the Whitgift and Centrale car parks, bringing the charge down to £4 a day. Croydon's Business Improvement District, which arranged the deal, said if the venture is succesful it hoped to be able to secure longer-term discounts. The move comes as Croydon is launched as a Heart Town, with the BIG Get Fit Together programme. The town centre event is running between 10am and 4pm today and tomorrow and features a range of activities for all ages.

These will include the chance to scale a seven-metre-high climbing wall, a Crystal Palace FC Foundation fastest shot challenge, professionally organised dance and exercise classes and an unusual chance to make a fruit smoothie by using pedal power provided by a specially designed smoothie bike,

There will also be plenty of people on hand in North End and the Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres to provide advice on how to keep your heart in top shape.

Croydon will become the ninth borough in London to sign up to the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Heart Town initiative.

For the next two years the BHF and the council will be working together to offer residents and businesses support to encourage people to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.

Heart and circulatory diseases are responsible for around a third of deaths in Croydon and the campaign will be focusing on education around how to prevent the diseases.

Planned educational programmes include:

Heart matters – a free service for keeping a healthy heart, including a magazine packed with support ideas.

Keeping your heart beating – a programme for schools, youth groups and nurseries which includes ultimate dodgeball

Health at work – encouraging staff to turn the workplace into a more active, energised environment through a range of practical tools and resources.

Councillor Margaret Mead, the council's cabinet member for adult services and health, said: "This is a fantastic initiative that will raise awareness in Croydon of heart disease."

To find out how to get involved in the initiative, contact the BHF on 07711 195746 or e-mail howej@bhf.org.uk

Parking costs slashed this weekend for get-fit initiative


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