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Make a positive start to 2019 with one of our health programmes
2 January 2019, 12:52
By Leanne Flynn
In 2019 we will be offering a range of health initiatives so help support our community to live more healthy and actives lives. Take a look at some of the programmes on offer and sign up today to make a positive start to the new year.

Back Onside

In 2019 Grand Final and World Club Challenge winner, Willie Poching, will return to Emerald Headingley to support a new initiative from Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Rugby League Cares to help more men get active.

'Back Onside' is a new 10-week free course that will be led by Poching to encourage men to get active and make healthy lifestyle choices. The weekly sessions are designed for men who haven't exercised for a while and are looking to get fit and have fun.

Poching, who played for the Rhinos for five seasons, was part of the club's first Championship win in 32 years back in 2004 and the first ever World Club Challenge winning side in 2005. A fan favourite the New Zealander is aiming to inspire people who are looking to get fit in the new year and encourage them to sign up for the new programme and start the new year with a positive new health regime.

The 'Back Onside' course will run weekly and men can chose sessions on either Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-7.30pm in the South Stand Community room at Emerald Headingley and is eligible for all men aged over 18.

The first course starts on 29th and 31st January. To sign up email health@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

New Try Club courses to be held at Emerald Headingley

Leeds Rhinos Foundation's men's health programme 'Try Club', run in partnership with Leeds Public Health, will start again on 16th January from 6-7.30pm at Emerald Headingley.

The 12-week programme is open to men and involves a weekly 90 minute session focussing on a different nutrition and well-being topics followed by a physical activity session suitable for all abilities.

To be eligible for the programme, you will have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 25, be male and over the age of 18.

Try Club Maintenance sessions

To support those who have completed the Try Club course, Leeds Rhinos Foundation run health maintenance sessions to help people continue on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Move More
The weekly exercise programme is run by Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Active Leeds every Monday at West Leeds Eagles between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Start date 7th January

Touch and Pass
Running every Monday at the Ramagarhia Centre between 6-7pm, these weekly sessions are a fun and social way to stay fit in a team environment. Start date 7th January

Weekly Circuit Sessions
New for 2019 Leeds Rhinos Foundation will be running weekly circuit sessions at Emerald Headingley Stadium. Start date 16th January.

For more information email health@leedrhinosfoundation.org

Touch Rugby League

Fans looking for a fun way to stay fit in the new year can join up for Leeds Rhinos Foundation's new social six-a-side rugby 'Rhinos Touch Rugby' league which starts on Monday 11th February at John Charles Centre for Sport.

Joe Sanderson, North Leeds Rugby League Development Officer for Leeds Rhinos Foundation, who is running the league said: "During 2018 we have run our popular Touch Rugby league which has been really successful. The league is open to players of all abilities, there is no previous playing experience necessary, so if you fancy giving rugby league a go this is the perfect opportunity to get started.

"If you're looking for an activity for you and your work friends to do or an excuse to get together with your friends or even want to compete as a family then get signed up for our new league."

Games will take place on the stadium pitch at the John Charles Centre for sport on Monday evenings for six weeks, kick off between 6pm and 8pm. Teams are six-a-side (with a maximum nine players in the squad) and the cost is £30 per team.

To register your team email joe.sanderson@leedsrhinosfoundation.org.

New Active Beyond Cancer programme dates

The Active Beyond Cancer programme, which is run in partnership with Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Cancer Research, will begin again in February for men and women affected by cancer.

The free rehabilitation programme offers health sessions in a range of locations across Leeds and is available to people at any stage of their cancer treatment. The course aims to aid participants by increasing fitness levels, improving their quality of life and building confidence, which are all areas that are known to decrease after cancer diagnosis.

People interested in joining the course are invited to attend one of the Tea and Talk events at the end of August to find out more about what is involved and to speak to staff from Leeds Rhinos Foundation who will be running the course.

Tea and Talk dates
Armley Leisure Centre: Wednesday 23rd January 1-2.30pm
Fearnville Leisure Centre: Thursday 24th January 1-2.30pm
Rothwell Leisure Centre: Thursday 24th January 4.30-6pm

Course Dates
Armley Leisure Centre: Wednesday 20th February 1-2.30pm
Fearnville Leisure Centre: Thursday 21st February 1-2.30pm
Rothwell Leisure Centre: Thursday 21st February 4.30-6pm

For more information email health@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Rhinos Active Social

Rhinos Active Social, which is a weekly social and activity group for over 55s run by Leeds Rhinos Foundation, is helping to connect communities and promote healthy and active lifestyles.

The free sessions, which started in 2016, offer activities such as Tai Chi, chair-based exercise, table tennis and walking sports. There is also the opportunity for the group to socialise at the end of the activity sessions.

Along with providing a social hub for the community, Rhinos Active Social also promotes physical activity. With evidence suggesting that people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia the weekly sessions are a positive way of getting people to enjoy physical activity.

Active Social Group will begin again on Tuesday 8th January in the Community Room at Emerald Headingley between 10.30am-12.30pm and on Wednesday 9th January at OPAL between 10am-12.30pm.

For more information, email laura.buckle@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

In Touch

Leeds Rhinos Foundation, working in partnership with the Leeds Peer Support Service, provide a new monthly service for people living with dementia to enjoy afternoons of reliving fond memories of Rugby League.

The meetings, supported by Peer Support Coordinators from Leeds City Council, offer the groups a chance to bring in and discuss historic memorabilia, take a tour of the stadium, see club trophies first hand and take part in engaging discussion with peers also living with the condition.

The next session will take place on Thursday 10th January 1.30-3.30pm with a screening of the Rhinos film 'As Good As It Gets' in the community room at Emerald Headingley.

For more information, email laura.buckle@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Run With the Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos legends Kevin Sinfield MBE, Jamie Peacock MBE, Rob Burrow, Barrie McDermott and Chev Walker have all pledged to take part in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10k in 2019 as part of the Run with the Rhinos team on Sunday 7th July 2019.

The five who have won a combined 47 trophies between them will join Rhinos fans for the annual race as they aim to raise money to support the work of Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

Entry is £30 and there is a required £20 minimum fundraising to Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

Benefits of being a Run with the Rhinos team member include:

  • Run with the Rhinos race top to wear on the day
  • Training session followed by Peacock's Pasta Party! (to include pre-race nutritional advice from Leeds Rhinos experts) - Date TBC
  • Great fundraising incentives
  • Exclusive post-race event invite

Following the success of the walking team last year, which was led by Leeds Rhinos Foundation's Vice President Ryan Sidebottom, there will once again be the option to walk the 10k course. So if running isn't for you but you still fancy being part of the team, you can do so by joining our 2019 Walking Team!

To register, visit tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call 0371 423 1315. For more information email Briana.Powell@leedsrugby.com

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