Health & Physical Activity in Wiltshire

23rd January 2020, 11:43am | By Marc Read |

Christmas Challenge Walk gets walkers in the festive spirit!

Over 130 walkers attended this year’s Christmas challenge walk which was held on the 6 December at Salisbury Rugby Club. The walkers were treated to a fantastic morning walk allowing them to take in the many historical sites of Salisbury. The Strider walk covered an impressive 6 miles and saw the walkers make their way towards the beautiful Salisbury cathedral and through St Marks church, the oldest parish in Salisbury which dates back to Saxon times.

Although the stroller walk took a different route around the city, they too were able to encounter various historical sites including Bourne house gardens with its pleasing 15th century north transept porch for our walkers to venture through and admire. On the final stretch before returning to the rugby club for a well-deserved Christmas meal, both walks took in the delightful hill top of Bishopdown. The views from this area provided not only a welcome breather for the group but a chance to take on board the views of Salisbury. The starter walk completed 1.5 miles walking around Victoria park, the oldest park in Salisbury offered plenty of charm and historical monuments for a walkers to enjoy. Following the completion of the walk, several walkers enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner to celebrate the completion of the Christmas festive walk.

Practices and hospitals praised for referring into service

In recognition of their continued support throughout 2019, the best referring practices and hospital department for each hub area were awarded with a certificate to acknowledge the most referrals into the Active Health scheme. For the east, Salisbury Medical Practice and Salisbury District Hospital were our top referrers. In the north, Malmesbury Primary Care Centre and Chippenham Hospital Neuro Physiotherapy team came out top. For central Wiltshire, Southbroom Surgery and Devizes Physiotherapy department were our top referrers. For the west, Trowbridge Health Centre and Warminster Physiotherapy department came out top. The Active Health team look forward to working with all our health care professionals and we thank them for their continued support during 2020.

How to get involved – Active Health is an exercise referral programme for residents in Wiltshire. To find out more about the programme please visit our website at: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-gp-referral

Beginners running programme supports participant with diabetes risk

Alan joined the Royal Wootton Bassett Beginners running group in September. Prior to signing up for the course Alan was informed that he was at risk of diabetes and therefore took it upon himself to make some changes to his lifestyle alongside attending the diabetes prevention programme. The beginners running course gradually introduced Alan to running where he completed the 10 week programme all under the supporting guidance of Amy, our running coach.

“I was really very impressed with everything about these sessions – the way that you encouraged and supported us, the way that you empathised with us rank beginners, yet you are obviously a very accomplished and experienced runner yourself, was nothing less than exceptional.”
On Alan’s recent holiday he even took his running shoes and reported back about several runs he completed on the beach. Alan has made running a regular part of his normal weekly routine and he now feels great. He has been able to reduce his diabetes risk and is back within the normal range and is feeling fitter and more energetic. Alan has since attended the local parkrun and encourages anyone to give the programme a go!

To find out more about our running programmes please visit: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisurecycling-walking-and-running

Healthy Me Programme comes to Calne

For the January 2020 delivery term Healthy Me is running a pilot programme at Calne Leisure Centre. Running for 10 weeks from 16/01/2020 schools in Calne were contacted about the programme to make parents and guardians aware of the new delivery area. Referrals into the programme have been strong and we look forward to a successful 10 weeks at the centre.

Healthy Me Bitesize continues to be a hit in schools.
For the 2019-20 academic year the Healthy Me team have secured delivery of the Bitesize programme in 5 schools within Wiltshire.
By April 2020 the programme will have targeted an average of 187 Year 4/5 school pupils, educating them about the importance of nutrition through use of the Eatwell guide, understanding healthy lunches and snacks, sugar content in fizzy drinks, as well as the importance of daily physical activity. Healthy Me Bitesize is delivered in schools that are identified using National Child Measurement Data. The programme takes place for 1 hour per week across 6 weeks during school time and incorporates a range of fun learning activities as well as physical activity and games to support key messages around health and lifestyle. To find out more about Healthy Me programmes please visit: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-weightmanagement

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