Get active in April

family cycling

As part of Active April, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) are hosting a series of ‘Get Active Roadshows’.
 
April is the selected month for the ‘Get Active’ campaign as it sees the start of longer days and warmer weather which means people are more likely to take on the challenge of increasing their physical activity.
 
Members of LCH’s Public Health Promotion Team will be visiting a number of Neighbourhood Health Centres throughout the city to encourage the public to get more active. 
 
The team will be on hand giving advice on the benefits of physical activity and its impact on reducing risk of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. They will also be discussing the benefits of physical activity for conditions such as depression.
 
Research highlights that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
 
 The teams will be at the following locations:
• Tuesday 21st April, 9.00am- 11.30am, Mere Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre
• Thursday 23rd April, 9.00am- 11.30am, Townsend Neighbourhood Health Centre
• Tuesday 28th April, 9.00am- 11.30am, Childwall Neighbourhood Health Centre
 
 
There are a number of ways you can get involved and get active this month, including: 
 
Walk for Health– a series of short, guided walks around the parks and open spaces of Liverpool. There are 14 walks per week, taking place during daytimes, and weekends, so there should be one to suit your lifestyle. All the walks are free, led by qualified Walk Leaders, you can walk entirely at your own pace and can stop and start as much as you like.

Cycle for Health – a guided cycling scheme to help you get back on your bike even if you haven’t cycled for a while.  Sessions are free of charge and led by qualified Cycle Leaders, bikes/equipment provided free of charge and last about 1 ½ – 2 hours. Booking is required to reserve a bike.

Liveability Service – a nurse led service, that helps people aged 50 plus to stay healthy. It is funded by Public Health, Liverpool City Council and provided by Liverpool Community Health.

Stuart Williams, Health Promotion Support Worker is cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End in May will be attending all of the Road Show’s to encourage people to get involved and enjoy the benefits of exercise.

Paula Murphy, Health Information Manager at the Health Information Centre at LCH explains:

“The ‘Get Active Roadshows’ are a great way to increase people’s knowledge of how they can make small changes to their lifestyle to remain fit and healthy.”

“People can come along and find out more about how to join the Cycle or Walk for Health schemes, where they can meet new people as well as getting active out and about in the fresh air”

Diane Singleton Lead Nurse for Older People and Service Lead for the LCH Liveability Service added:

“Liveability provides classes for men and women, including yoga, pilates, men only gym fit, line dancing, indoor bowls and chair-based exercise sessions. We want people to come along and give the sessions a try. ”

To find out more about joining a Walk for Health or Cycle for Health session, call the team on 0151 295 3256.

To find out more about getting involved in a Liveability session call 0151 295 9700 or email for bookings and referrals.