Khizra Mosque Community WalkThis project aimed to encourage people to get out of the house and take part in light exercise.
Benefit of exercise
Exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health. In adults, exercise has a positive impact on numerous chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, whilst in older adults it has been shown to help prevent falls. Physical activity improves mental wellbeing across all ages, including for people with disabilities. Physical activity can also deliver cost savings to the health and care system by reducing preventable illness thus demand on services.
425 Cheetham Hill Rd,
Manchester M8 0PF
Communities For All
The project was started by Communities for all who went off conversations with their volunteers and members. They wanted to encourage individuals and families to go on a walk around their local area, in a safe and socially distanced setting. The aim was also to encourage people to leave their homes post COVID-19 lockdown.
Quotes from Mohammed and Volunteers on the day:
"We Loved it"
“A young girl who came in not looking forward to it came back from the walk bouncing around with a big smile on her face”
“They found it an Adventure”
“We loved it, we didn’t even know that the park was there”
“Wished we could do it more often”
“Wouldn’t generally go for a walk as a family and they said that it was amazing what had been done”
The project went well from an initial sign up of 10 people 30 came along on the day. People said that they really enjoyed it and wanted to do more walks.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Helping people live healthier lives
Increased mental wellbeing
Reducing avoidable illness/death
Helping people age well
Department of Health and Social Care (2019) - UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines 2019
Public Health England (2016) - Health matters: getting every adult active every day
Public Health England (2018) - Physical activity for general health benefits in disabled adults: Summary of a rapid evidence review for the UK Chief Medical Officers’ update of the physical activity guidelines.
Sherrington C, Fairhall NJ, Wallbank GK, Tiedemann A, Michaleff ZA, Howard K, Clemson L, Hopewell S, Lamb SE. (2019) Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012424.
Sport England (2017) - Review of evidence of the outcomes for sport and physical activity: A rapid evidence review.
Charlee Fitzgerald - Neighbourhood Health Worker
Tel: 07771 805 278
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