Celebrating a year of success for the Active for Health programmePublished Tuesday, 29th November 2016
Local residents with long term health conditions have joined in celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the trailblazing Active For Health research programme.
Since beginning in November 2015, over 500 patients have signed up to this innovative project which provides specialist physical activity programmes for patients with long term medical conditions to help with recovery or rehabilitation.
In recognition of the positive effect that Active for Health has had on people's physical and mental health over the last 12 months, patients were invited to Carlton Park Hotel to share experiences and hear about the success and future aspirations for what is already proving to be an effective way of getting more Rotherham residents active.
Tracey Green was one of the first patients to access the programme after being diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015. Since starting the programme she has lost one stone in weight, reduced her fatigue and feels better about herself. Tracey said: "I know the exercise part of the programme is important, but it is also the social aspect which really helps me. I would recommend the programme whole heartedly; the instructors are so knowledgeable in their area and everyone is treated as an individual. This course is amazing! I have no hesitation in continuing."
This is the first time that specialist exercise referral programmes have been provided that are led by experienced level four trained exercise professionals.
Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Roche who joined patients, health care professionals and partners at the event, said: "It was encouraging to see so many people joining in the celebrations and hearing about the positive effects that the scheme has had on them. Their stories are heart-warming and it just goes to show the benefits that exercise can have on people's wellbeing.
"We know that physical activity is good for people’s general health and wellbeing but this programme is particularly tailored to help those with seven different long term conditions.
"More and more people want to sign up to it and more partners are contacting us to see how they can also work with us to endorse the positive effects that the programme has on patients who are living with or recovering from medical conditions."
The seven conditions that the programme currently covers are cardiac, heart failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cancer, lower back pain, falls or fractures. Further information about how to access the programme is available on the Active for Health website.