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REAL Fitness: Photo competition celebrates all kinds of fitness and movement

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THIS YEAR’S National Fitness Day on Wednesday Sept 25, the leading health and wellbeing app, MINDBODY ran a competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement.

Having asked the nation to submit images of them attempting a certain exercise in all their sweaty, red-face glory, MINDBODY can reveal the winning entry alongside 12 runners-up.

The competition winner, Laura Pocock submitted an image of herself and five-year-old son spending quality time together whilst doing yoga.

Runners Up

Charlotte Pettitt – I’m a mum of 4 beautiful children so I don’t get much me time nor do I get time to go to the gym. So, I strap my mini me to my back and we go out on long walks with our pooch, Toby.
Paulina Doherty – Cycling, Tour de Pologne.
Peter Cardona – I took up yoga at the age of 50 after competing as a weightlifter for many years and fell in love with it so much that I decided to do study it and do a course to become an instructor. I now teach three times a week and feel more invigorated than ever from my practice.
Suzanne Drummond – My 45 minute daily cardio.
Kay Broomfield – Just started personal training a couple of weeks ago to get my body back after baby no. 3 last Christmas. I’m 42 now and it’s HARD! This is me in the middle of a clean & press…

Jo Taylor – This is me doing a burpee jump. I usually exercise at home in the morning as I can do this before the school run and work. After suffering migraines and being unfit for years, I decided last year to make a change. I followed a program of healthy eating and exercise and I lost 2.5 stone. My health and state of mind has improved immeasurably, it has been life changing in so many ways. Exercising at home has been the key to my consistency.
Stephen Lewis – Found a great activity park on holiday in Turkey and visited every day.
Benita Davies – Silent Zumba at Canbury Gardens, Kingston upon Thames, August 2019.
Tina Glover – I am running down the end line of my first attempt at a half marathon in Garstang last week. I couldn’t run to the end of my street 12 months earlier!
Susan Pointon – I’m attempting for the very first time using a yoga trapeze. It seemed like a good idea at the time to winch it from a tree in the woods, turned out to be more difficult to do than I anticipated.
Susan Johnson – Downward dog.
Sue Clarke – Cycling around the Italian lakes this May with my husband. First holiday married.

In light of the competition, a spokesperson from MINDBODY, says: “When it comes to exercise, it’s the ‘trying’ element that matters most. We’re aware many people lead very busy lives and with work and personal commitments, spending hours in the gym sometimes isn’t feasible.

“We ran this competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement, no matter how big or small they may be. From planks, to downward dogs and even exercising with children, each entry showcased the different exercises people attempt/do to stay fit and healthy. I’m sure many people will find the images very relatable.”

To find out more about MINDBODY, go to: https://uk.mindbodyonline.com/get-the-app

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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