Following the successful 3-year 'Macmillan Move More' programme, Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire is expanding its work in to the area of long-term health conditions.
Over 1 in 4 people live with at least one long-term health condition and these numbers are rising. You are twice as likely to be inactive if you have a health condition, however being active can help to manage over 20 long-term conditions such as depression and type 2 diabetes; it reduces the risk of developing some conditions by up to 40% and can delay the onset of and reduce the severity of many health conditions. Many people say that being active helps them to feel like themselves again.
Doctors used to advise people to rest as much as possible during treatment, but this has changed. We now know that too much rest results in loss of muscle strength and low energy levels. You may be a little nervous about building up your activity levels, particularly if it's for the first time or if you haven't been very active for a while. You may feel too tired or just not know where to begin.
When you're managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are many, many ways to be active, including some that people may not realise actually count.
Our Move More Co-ordinator, Di Fox, who really understands long-term health conditions, is there to provide personalised, ongoing support to help you get active. We will sit down with you, at a time and place of your choosing, for an informal consultation and will help you find a safe and effective way of getting more active.
We can support you to:
- overcome your concerns about getting active
- plan safe and effective activities to build your physical fitness in ways that suit you
- use physical activity to manage the side-effects of treatment
- choose enjoyable physical activities that fit into your life and match your interests
- plan ongoing support to help you keep as active as you would like to be
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, for the majority of our programmes and sessions you can bring someone with your either for support or to join in.
Can I do exercises at home?
Yes you can. If you feel more comfortable exercising at home then we can either provide you with a home exercise DVD or a personalised home exercise programme specific to your needs.
How much will it cost?
The Move More programme is free to service users and our co-ordinator will endeavour to find activities in your local area that are within your budget.
How will I get to the class and/or activity?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide transport but we can help you to find a local community transport scheme. Our co-ordinator can travel to you for the initial face-to-face meeting and up to six 1-2-1 sessions. Alternatively, there may be a 'buddy' in your area who could help. You can also discuss this with our co-ordinator.
How will my information be kept and stored?
We are fully committed to keeping your personal information safe and secure. Your referral form has a section which is used to gain your consent to keep and share your information with individuals such as our class instructor, who can help to ensure you have a positive experience. For further details please visit www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/privacy-policy
What will happen if I get in touch?
Our Move More Co-ordinator will give you a call to discuss what you are hoping to achieve from the programme. It could be that you want advice about what is possible and appropriate with your condition, information about what is available in your community or a personalised programme specific to your needs. If appropriate, our coordinator will then make an appointment with you to explore options in more detail.
Where are classes and activities held?
Generally, we will signpost into appropriate community sessions, which would be in your locality. Sometimes, there are also condition specific activities taking place, which the coordinator can advise on.
Move More Physical Activity Co-ordinator
- Move More project
- Supporting individuals with long-term health conditions to become more active
- Physical activity co-ordination
- 01905 542381