We work to support adults and older adults who have more pronounced physical health needs such as cancer, obesity and the risk of falling, to become more active. We want individuals to feel confident to be active at a level which suits them. We also know that key changes in people's lives can have a big impact on their mental health. We use physical activity as a means of building resilience to help combat low level mental health. We work with partners to find out what works and the benefits that physical activity can have.
Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity. It can reduce anxiety, reduce feelings of stress and increase self-esteem thereby reducing the risk of depression. All of which can contribute to happier moods, clearer thinking and a greater sense of calm.
According to the latest Active Lives Adult Survey (May 19-20, published October 2020), 63% of adults in Herefordshire & Worcestershire are meeting the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines for physical activity. These guidelines indicate that, to stay healthy, all adults should:
- Aim to be active daily doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity such as cycling or fast walking every week
- On two or more days a week do strength exercises that work all major muscles.
You don't have to do all of your activity all at once - you can break it down into Active 10 minute bouts. A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood. You can download the app to track the activity that you are doing.
Project Manager (Adult Participation)
- Adult Participation Programmes
- Strategic Lead for Strong and Steady Exercise Classes
- Physical Activity in the Workplace
- Physical Activity and Health
- Lead Safeguarding Officer
- 07766 697742