Oxford United charity launches Fit Fans scheme

OXFORD United’s official charity is launching a program to help fans improve their cardiovascular health.

The Fit Fans service will be provided by Oxford United in the community, with the program designed to increase physical activity, help people lose weight and quit smoking.

A 13-week programme, locally branded ‘Fit U’s’, will initially be available in eight waves across Oxford, Abingdon and Banbury.

The new department will create a full-time health and wellbeing officer role within the charity.

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Chris Lowes, manager of Oxford United in the Community, said: “This is another defining moment for the association as we continue to tackle important local issues by harnessing the power of football.

“Fit U’s will help take our positive social impact to the next level and directly help people improve their health.

“We will work closely with Oxfordshire County Council and other partners and stakeholders to focus on the areas that most need our support to ensure we achieve the best possible positive results.

“Many cases of cardiovascular disease are preventable and can be reversed by increasing activity levels, eating healthy, drinking responsibly and more.

“We are concerned that the latest Annual Public Health Report has identified the 10 most deprived areas in Oxfordshire with the lowest levels of life expectancy and the highest death rates from cardiovascular disease.

“We hope our latest provision can help reverse this alarming trend by inspiring people through football-based activities.”

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