Physical inactivity (lack of physical activity) has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally). Moreover, physical inactivity is estimated to be the main cause for approximately 21–25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and approximately 30% of ischaemic heart disease burden.
In addition to physical health being physically active can benefit an individual’s social and mental health too. For example, being physically active has been shown to reduce the risk of depression and participating in group activities will encourage social interaction and friendships.
The Ever Active programme is an 8 week course that helps Older Adults seeking to improve their health and fitness and reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
A typical course features one session a week in a particular sport or activity. The intensity of a session is low to moderate and would also typically feature an opportunity for attendees to socialise either at the end or start.
Sessions are delivered in a friendly and supportive group environment, led by qualified individuals and structured to help improve; physical activity levels, mental and social health.
For those unable to leave their home, a try-at-home resource is available.
Get Berkshire Active are delivering the programme to older adults in West Berkshire and Reading. The programme in West Berkshire is also focused on vulnerable and disabled adults.
Get Berkshire Active are currently recruiting Volunteer Community Exercise Leaders. These individuals will be funded to train up as Oomph! Instructors and in return will be required to deliver a minimum of 3 blocks of sessions (1 block = 8 weeks) in their local community for older adults. Email Kirsty.firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Reading, any adult over the age of 50 can take part in an Ever Active session.
In West Berkshire, any adult over the age of 50 can take part but sessions are also suited for disabled and vulnerable adults of any age.
Refer someone securely by;
Calling 01628 472851
8 group sessions over 8 weeks at convenient community venues. Participants are provided with information about other community services and advice related to healthy lifestyles.
On referral each participant completes a registration form. This form monitors a series of baseline measures including;
Physical activity levels
Where an individual is deemed not capable of completing a registration form, a carer can complete it on his/her behalf.