North Manchester Black Health Forum Exercise Group

North Manchester Black Health Forum Exercise Group

A weekly Exercise Group encouraging people to be more active

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.

Location

Wood Ville Sure Start Centre

Shirley Road

Manchester

M8 0NE

Project team

North Manchester Black Health Forum

Manchester Active

Buzz Health and Wellbeing

Aim

Due to Manchester Active being unable to continue to subsidise activity groups being run by North Manchester Black Health Forum. The activity groups included chair based exercises for individuals over the age of 50. I was asked to help by a member of the community who came to my engagement events this led to me discussing with North Manchester Black Health forum the possibility of buzz funding the group for 13 weeks and allowing us to come up with ways to make the groups more sustainable. The group enables individuals who may other wise be inactive to get involved in easy and fun exercise.

Evaluation

The project went really well, the aim was to be able to continue the project while coming up with how to make the group more sustainable. While this has been put on hold due to COVID-19.

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Reducing avoidable illness/death

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014).

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Population Health Plan

Helping people age well

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Population Health Plan

Research/evidence base

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.

Contact

Charlee Fitzgerald - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Charlee.Fitzgerald@gmmh.nhs.uk

T: 07771 805 278


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