Barnstaple hair salon teams up with gym for new project encouraging North Devon women to get active.

A Barnstaple hair and beauty salon is leading the way to help promote health and fitness.

The Oak Room has teamed up with Active Devon for a brand-new Women Into Leadership project, with Sport England.

Active Devon is funding a 10-week training course for the ladies with Reform Training Nutrition Health in Barnstaple.

Charlotte Broadhead, of Active Devon, said: “Currently, research has shown that women aged between 30-55 years old are the least active.

“This could be due to the rise in women having children from the age of 30 years, or due to promotions at work within this age bracket.

“We wanted to target businesses with a high female employee ratio, to improve the statistics, and get women more active.”

Charlotte approached Kelly Ann Houle, owner of The Oak Room, to set up the project.

Steve Sanger, owner of Reform, said: “I was keen to get involved with this Active Devon project to help inspire and educate the team from The Oak Room.

“I wanted to show them how a regular exercise routine can have huge benefits to not only their work, but also their health and wellbeing.”

Kelly added: “Not only are they seeing and feeling the benefits of being active, they say they feel invigorated.”

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