23 July 2012
The efforts of the City of Lincoln Council’s Healthy Lifestyles Team to encourage people to adopt healthy habits have been given a boost with a new Lincolnshire Co-operative scheme that rewards regular attendances at activity and support sessions with a £10 voucher.
From 1st August, new people attending one of the Healthy Lifestyles Team’s sessions will receive a special stamp for each attendance. The £10 voucher is created by collecting five stamps. The voucher can then be exchanged for £10 worth of goods in any Lincolnshire Co-op foodstore.
The scheme – which is funded by £10,000 donated by Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacies and foodstores – is open to people referred by health professionals, health trainer clients, people joining the led walks programme and parents engaging with the activ8 kids programme.
Healthy Lifestyles Team Leader at the City of Lincoln Council, Joanna Blackwell said: “It’s the early stages of developing a healthy habit that we all find challenging, whether it’s giving up smoking, losing weight or getting active.
“The Healthy Habit vouchers will give that extra incentive to keep on track for a healthier lifestyle, so we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-op.”
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Head of Pharmacy, Alastair Farquhar, said: “Although the main part of our business is dispensing prescriptions, as a co-operative we’d much rather help people avoid the need for medication.
“The Healthy Habit voucher scheme is one of the ways in which we’re aiming to do just that. Our foodstores play their part as well with fresh produce available close to where people live and work, making it easier to keep to 5-a-day.”
To find out about joining a Healthy Lifestyles programme call 01522 873581 or visit www.lincoln.gov.uk/healthylifestyles