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Newcastle Council has launched an eight-week campaign to encourage people to improve their well-being while earning discounts at local businesses.

‘Healthy Hearts & Minds’ involves a series of active challenges, mindfulness programs and online workshops which translates into credits and discounts to use at 130 local businesses.

The campaign is run through the Lean in Newy app and features a range of challenges, such as swimming 500 metres at your local pool, running on Bathers Way, doing push ups at Newcastle Council’s outdoor fitness stations or participating in a free online mental health workshop.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the program was an innovative way to improve community wellbeing while providing support for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

“As the weather warms up and we gradually emerge from lockdown, we hope the campaign will help people reset with their health, re-engage with their local environment and provide a timely boost for local businesses.”

Lean in Newy is part of City of Newcastle’s COVID-19 Community Economic Resilience Package.