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Increased numbers helped to improve their wellbeing in Adur and Worthing

Released: Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Residents in their hundreds are taking advantage of services to increase their wellbeing according to new figures released by Adur & Worthing Councils.

The Councils' Wellbeing team have just had a record quarter of activity running services to support people to make healthy lifestyle changes such as Wellbeing Advice, low cost physical activity taster schemes and cookery classes.

The team at the Councils is tasked with improving people's health through exercise, diet, and social activity.

In the figures released for July through to October 1,092 people aged over 65 took part in group activities contracted out to the Guild Care charity in Worthing.

In addition the Team's Wellbeing Advisors saw 140 new clients in Adur and 205 in Worthing to direct them to services to support them to start living healthier lives, many run by the Councils or funded by them.

For instance 56 residents who classed themselves as inactive tried out physical activity taster courses under the Get Active programme with all of them reporting increased activity levels at the end of the programme and an improved quality of life.

Among the courses available were walking football, a three-step gym course and an eight week walking to running programme which aims to help people enter 5k runs. The Team has also produced a new physical activity tutorial video.

Under another service contracted to Guild Care 90 per cent of clients attending a befriending service felt a reduction in their social isolation.

Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Val Turner, said:

“These figures are fantastic. They show our teams are involved with increasing numbers of people, helping them to help themselves. This contributes to healthier lifestyles and can help prevent the need for medical intervention at a later stage.”

“Eating well, doing a little exercise and getting out meeting other people all has a huge impact on a sense of wellbeing.”

Adur District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Dave Simmons, added:

“This is the sort of excellent work that people don't often associate with the council but it is vital. Good interventions like this can prevent problems later in life and of course take pressure off hospital services.”

“I congratulate the team for another excellent three months of work.”

The Wellbeing Team has also delivered 16 Cook & Eat courses, delivered through Health Champions and 82 clients attended a pre-Diabetes course with most attending a 1:1 follow up appointment with an advisor. Clients are regularly being referred onto the in house Weight Management courses and Get Active programme following the course intervention.

The Team is also currently working with big local employers such as Southern Water and Worthing College to deliver workplace schemes.

For more information on the Adur and Worthing Wellbeing programmes see the:

(PR17-167)

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