Active Herts is a £1million programme targeting the most deprived and least active areas of Hertfordshire. Active Herts launched in January 2016 and to date it has seen over 1,000 referrals across the Borough of Broxbourne.
The project spans four local boroughs including Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Stevenage and Watford. The project aims to target inactive adults with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and moderate mental health issues, while supporting them in their journeys to become physically active and improve their lifestyles.
There are now 14 low impact exercise sessions which currently run every week. These sessions include swimming, health walks, walking football, low impact circuits and more. Each participant who signs up receives 12 weeks of free activity to help them become more active. After the initial 12 weeks, there’s a small fee of £2.50 per person.
The programme has seen some key successes over the last year with a vast selection of exercise sessions to choose from and a positive increase in referrals coming through. Mr Philip Kudiabor is the programme’s 1,000th referral, after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and a body mass index (BMI) over 25. Philip has now completed his initial consultation with his Get Active Specialist and has been signposted onto suitable forms of exercise including walking football, health walks and low impact exercise sessions.
Those who need help getting fit and active can contact Andrew Rix, the local Get Active Specialist, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 07506 5033156. Andrew will hold a 45 minute consultation and help support and signpost suitable exercise sessions which are tailored for individual needs and ability, helping to assist participants in taking their first steps towards a more active lifestyle.
Further information on the Active Herts programme is available at www.activeherts.org.uk.