Ministers have this week announced proposals aimed at encouraging people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The Government wants to offer discount vouchers to people to attend the gym, go swimming and eat healthy food.
Hoping to be launched in the New Year, the ‘Great Swapathon’ scheme will see discount vouchers given out in chequebook form. The chequebooks will each contain 20 healthy lifestyle vouchers including offers for half-price swimming sessions and reduced-rate gym taster packages. Three million of the voucher chequebooks, containing discounts of around £5 each, will be available in ASDA supermarkets, a million more through a Sunday newspaper, and another million from places such as GP surgeries and schools.
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“Regular physical activity, following a healthy balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as well as help those diagnosed with diabetes to manage their condition,” said Libby Dowling, Diabetes UK Clinical Advisor.