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New Series of Fitness Sessions aimed at Getting Northampton's South Asian Community Moving - Chronic

Updated: Mar 29


‘Sedentary’ community urged to get moving and keep fit

Concerns over the physical and mental health of Northampton’s South Asian community – highlighted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – have prompted a new series of fitness sessions aimed at ‘getting people moving’.

Cohesive Society is a non-governmental organization that works on projects across the UK promoting improved cohesion between marginal communities and the wider society.

With research revealing the South Asian community has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the charity has launched a series of keep fit sessions, sports clubs, and nutritional masterclasses in a drive to improve the health and diet of those most at risk.

The sessions are the brainchild of Cohesive Society director Naz Islam and will be held at venues and outdoor beauty spots across the town, including Abington Park, the University of Northampton, Beckets Park, The Racecourse, Victoria Park Upton Country Park, and Brixworth Country Park.

Cohesive Society founder Imran Chowdhury, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for his efforts to promote community cohesion, said: “COVID-19 has been a body blow to our community, which has been particularly badly hit due in part to the increased prevalence of several underlying health conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

“We need to change lifestyles, moving away from being sedentary into a much more active way of life with a focus on regular exercise and healthy eating.

“We want to get people moving more and that could be anything from running to yoga or competitive sports such as football or badminton. We will be holding regular activity sessions, organizing tournaments as well as inviting nutritionist Sheena Rose along to give healthy eating advice.

“We need to act, and we need to act fast to ensure the next generation is in better shape both physically and mentally. We have seen huge issues with diabetes, obesity, blood pressure, vitamin D deficiency, mental health, and isolation and we want to make all those problems a thing of the past.”

Cohesive Society, based in Northampton, has a focus on allowing migrant communities to thrive within British culture, helping minority groups to improve their English and communication skills and develop their vocational skills so that they can achieve their employment potential.

For more information or to book a place on a fitness session of your choice, please call 07932 484632 or email

Imran Chowdhury the Founder of Cohesive Society with the team

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