Residents across South Lakeland are being invited to take part in a free 12-week programme of physical activity sessions aimed at encouraging people to move for health.
Move for Health is a programme of physical activity sessions specifically aimed at increasing movement and activity levels for those with a long-term health condition. T
hanks to funding from the Morecambe Bay CCG Population Health fund and supported by Active Cumbria and the South Lakeland Health & Wellbeing Partnership sessions are due to start later this month.
Following the restrictions introduced last March, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, activity levels dropped nationally and now more than ever there is a need to prepare and support people as they seek to return to activity.
Some groups have found it more difficult than others to stay active including those with a long-term health condition or a disability.
Responding to the issue locally sessions will focus upon supporting those either new or wishing to return to activity to increase their activity levels at their own pace, in their own way, and all from the comfort of their own homes.
Residents who have been diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, or a respiratory illness will be supported to take part in the programme initially via Zoom.
As current restrictions loosen it is hoped that sessions will gradually move into the surrounding communities.
Kelly Alty, development officer from Active Cumbria, said: “We know that the past 12 months has had a significant impact on activity levels for particular groups of individuals, and even more so for those that have been required to self-isolate or shield.
“Our programme aims to help those with an existing health condition to increase their activity levels gradually supporting them to improve their mobility and confidence as they prepare to venture out once more. Although we often think about the physical benefits that being active brings, we know that there are also many social and mental wellbeing aspects linked to physical activity.
“By working closely with our partners, we can ensure that we reach those that need our help the most.
“Getting our communities up and about and moving safely is a priority.”