North Manchester Black Health Forum Exercise GroupA 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.
Wood Ville Sure Start Centre
North Manchester Black Health Forum
Buzz Health and Wellbeing
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.
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
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.
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