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Pregnancy fitness project to launch - 01/06/15
Funding worth £379,400 has been secured for a three-year fitness project designed to target inactive pregnant women and new mums in Hull. More than 3,000 women are expected to benefit from the Us Mums and Us Mums To Be sessions, which will be held in community centres and other easy-access venues around the city. Sport England has provided a £262,064 grant as part of a national funding round totalling £5.4 million, with the rest of the funding supplied by Hull City Council's Public Health department.

The Council will work with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals' Trust and other partners including GPs, health visitors, children's centres and the School Girl Mum unit to identify women who will benefit from participating. A pilot project is underway at venues around the city now, with rollout planned for September. Us Mums to Be sessions will target pregnant women, while Us Mums will be for new mothers and their babies.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, said: ""It is fantastic that we have been awarded funding for this pioneering project. Some women still believe exercising during pregnancy can be dangerous, but this is not true. Establishing healthy habits during pregnancy can have life-long benefits for both mother and baby and research has shown keeping fit and active can even help during labour.

""These sessions will show mums-to-be exercises which suit them and help prepare for pregnancy, birth and beyond"".

Janet Cairns, Head of Midwifery at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said:

""The team is very excited to be involved in this innovative project. The midwives see this as a real opportunity to be able to support positive behaviour change amongst local women and their families. This will further enhance the work being undertaken by our Healthy Lifestyle Midwife to improve the health and well-being of women accessing maternity care.""

Pregnant women can take part in the pilot phase from June 1, in a series of sessions around the city, all led by qualified instructors and designed to get mums-to-be involved in safe, fun exercise.

  • Mondays 10:30am - 11:30am at Lemon Tree Childrens Centre
  • Mondays 11am - 12 noon at Windmill Childrens Centre
  • Tuesdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm at Rainbow Childrens Centre
  • Thursdays 10:30am - 11:30am at McMillan Childrens Centre
  • Fridays 1:30pm - 2:30pm at Marfleet Childrens Centre
  • First session is free, ¬£2 thereafter
  • Booking essential via individual centres
  • More info available from healthylifestylesteam@hullcc.gov.uk


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