Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has taken part in the Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire’s (ROAR) ‘One Legged Wobble Challenge’ to highlight that struggling to balance on one-leg could be a sign of health problems that you may experience later in life.

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The ROAR ‘One Legged Wobble Challenge’ asks participants to balance on one leg for 30 seconds.

To show his support Gavin accepted the challenge and encouraged his staff to also take part in the ‘one-legged wobble challenge’.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“Local people will be well aware of the fantastic work that ROAR do to help elderly people who live in Renfrewshire. Not only do they provide a range of preventative health and wellbeing services but they also help combat isolation through organising a number of community events and activities.

“It’s worthwhile for everyone to take part in this challenge as research shows that your ability to balance on one leg could provide early warning of health problems that you may experience later in life.

“I was happy to take part in the challenge and managed to encourage my staff to complete the one-legged wobble challenge as well. Although this was a fun challenge, there was a serious message underlying it about the heath challenges that we may face later in life.

“To help spread the message of the campaign I would like to challenge my colleagues Derek Mackay MSP, George Adam MSP and Mhairi Black MP to take part in the one-legged wobble challenge.”

Nicola Hanssen, ROAR General Manager, said:

“Roar are delighted that Gavin and his team took part in the challenge. The further we can reach with the message about looking after your balance the better and we hope this will help lots more people to join in and find out how to reduce their risk of falls.”