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Air quality Published Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wyre’s health champions are taking part in National Clean Air Day (NCAD) to help tackle air pollution and stay active in the borough.

Their enthusiasm comes from the first ever NCAD on 15 June, which will see local schools, hospitals, workplaces and communities across the UK run events, and inspire local residents to act for their own health and the health of local children.

On the day, we want to get as many residents to cycle, walk or car share to work or school, just like our Wyre champions.

Air pollution increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and asthma attacks, as well as being associated with dementia. The health burden of air pollution is completely unnecessary and NCAD is all about giving everyone the tools and inspiration to reduce pollution now.

Taking part in the day, Chris Atherton, Engineering Assistant at Wyre Council, commented: “I love nature and cycling around the back of Stanah and down the river, it’s really nice! Plus I like to keep fit in general and don’t like sitting in a car for long periods of time. I actually bought the bike through the cycle to work scheme with the council!”

Frankie Hughes, Assistant Digital Officer at Wyre Council, commented: “Cycling is a much cheaper way of travelling and I get to avoid sitting in traffic jams! Cycling also helps me stay active without even realising it. I don’t have to remember to go to the gym all the time.”

But tackling air pollution is an ongoing process, so we want your help! Everybody can have a positive impact on air quality and we would like to inspire staff and residents to understand the actions they can take to reduce air pollution, and limit its impact on their health and the health of others.

Whether you take part in the day or not, we want people to think twice about jumping into the car to travel to their destination.

15 June will be a day of practical action, myth-busting and awareness-raising, so we can all breathe cleaner air.

To find out more about the air quality in Wyre, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/airquality

All the information on how to get involved in NCAD is available from the NCAD website www.cleanairday.org.uk

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