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Council director works out.

A kirklees Council director put his best foot forward when he went on a fact-finding mission.

Instead of merely being a spectator at an activity class Ken Gillespie was invited to take part in a Heart Health aerobic and circuit session.

The activity at Spenborough Peak Physique, at the Spen Pool complex, is part of Practice Activity and Leisure Scheme (Pals).

Pals was launched in 1994 and aims to help people improve their health by becoming more active. People are referred to it by their doctor, practice nurse or other health care specialist.

Mr Gillespie, a squash player, spent an hour stretching, cycling, skipping and taking part in other exercises.

"There was no let-up for the whole hour although people were able to work at their own level," said Mr Gillespie, who has also been visiting libraries and Oakwell Hall Country Park at Birstall as part of his tours.

He praised the volunteers who help with the classes, many of whom had been through the Pals process following heart problems.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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