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Funding awarded to boost residents’ health through Public Health Accelerator Bids programme

Published on Monday, 15th January 2024

Maldon District Council is one of the first five projects awarded major grant funding from Essex County Council’s public health programme which aims to improve the health of Essex residents.

Launching in summer 2024, Beat the Street will aim to improve the health and wellbeing of 5,000 Maldon residents. 

Through the app, participants earn points by walking, running, cycling, scooting or rolling between Beat Boxes. The further they travel the more points they earn for themselves and their team. There is a map, leader boards and prizes for the winning teams. 

Cllr Richard Siddall, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “I am delighted that we have been successful in receiving funding to launch this initiative which aims to promote physical activity, encourage healthier lifestyles, and foster a sense of community.

I hope we will see a number of residents joining in or competing against each other whilst having fun, exploring the local area, with the added benefit of undertaking some physical activity.”   

Lucy Wightman, Director of Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities at Essex County Council, said: “PHAB is about laying the foundations for supporting residents in Essex to live a healthy life and achieve their full potential. 

“There are opportunities available to organisations of all types and I would urge groups across Essex to consider whether the PHAB programme could benefit them in future.”