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Local children and young people take the health and wellbeing challenge

Young people across the Vale of York have teamed up to take on the North Yorkshire Police and local health commissioners’ ‘Be Fit, Be Healthy’ Lifestyle challenge.

More than 50 teams of 10–16 year olds have been working together throughout the summer to develop projects that demonstrate how much they care about the Vale of York and the health and wellbeing of the local community.

Projects have included caring for the elderly, the young, the disabled and clearing and area to create a community space, plus much more.

Lucy Botting, Chief Nurse at NHS Vale of York CCG, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see so much fantastic work led by young people in the local area.

“We would like to thank all involved in helping to heighten community spirit across the Vale of York and for encouraging participants to improve the wellbeing of others so they can lead healthier, happier lives.

“I can wholeheartedly say, on behalf of everyone at the CCG, that we are delighted with all of these positive outcomes and how this has brought young people closer together with other members of their community.”

Suzanne Asquith, Youth Engagement Officer for North Yorkshire Police, said: “The project has been challenging, rewarding and, we hope, a lot of fun!

“The young people taking part in the Lifestyle Project have learnt about the importance of good health and wellbeing and I’m delighted that the CCG is on-board with us. The project is not only helping to develop skills for life; it is cultivating good citizenship which in turn, leads to social responsibility and a more caring attitude for themselves and other people.

“Lifestyle is the platform for North Yorkshire Police to invest in young people and demonstrate that they have a lot to offer their local community.”

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