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Canning Town North explores the art of healthy living

04 September 2008

We all know the basic things we should do to increase our well being such as eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, keeping active, and finding time to relax. Although we may know these principles, bringing about significant and long-term change to our lifestyles, diets and attitudes is not so easy.

However, a new pan-London programme, Well London, has been designed to work with local people to help them make healthier choices in their daily lives.

Arts Council England is one of the partners and is leading on the arts and creativity side of the project, called ‘Be Creative, Be Well’. It is our aim that by using arts and creativity, communities will be able to improve their local parks and open space, enhance their mental well being and explore different ways to get physically active.

The project will launch on 13 September with a family fun day in Star Park, from 12-4pm. The event will also mark the beginning of a community consultation on how the park should be transformed to meet the needs of local people – so everyone is invited to share their views. The day will also be full of events and activities to be enjoyed by all the family, including a community feast, family sports activities and taster arts workshops.

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of Arts Council England, London said:
‘Be Creative, Be Well will help encourage healthy bodies and healthy minds across the capital over the next four years, and we hope that the people of Canning Town North get involved in taking a proactive approach to their health. So whether you want to dance your way to health, or find new expression in a piece of art, Well London is here to help.’

Well London is also looking for a new logo and have launched a new competition to find a new design. So for an opportunity to win some top prizes, please see the website: www.london.gov.uk/welllondon/competition

Notes to editors

1. Well London is a bid to the Big Lottery Fund’s Wellbeing Programme. It is a coalition of the London Health Commission, Central London YMCA Greater London Authority, Groundwork, London Sustainability Exchange and University of East London. Further information about Well London and its partners can be found on the website: www..londonshealth.gov.uk/well_london.htm 2. The Big Lottery Funds rolls out close to £2 million in Lottery good cause money every 24 hours which together with other Lottery distributors means that across the UK most people are within a few miles of a Lottery-funded project. The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004. Full details of the work of the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk 3. The Arts Council’s strand of Well London is Be Creative, Be Well. By using arts and creativity, communities will improve their local parks and open spaces, enhance their mental well being and explore new ways to get physically active. 4. Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, we support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves, and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2008 and 2011, we will invest £1.3 billion of public money from government and a further £0.3 billion from the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.