The walking activity launched alongside the ACE 12-week ‘My Weight Matters’ weight management programme with a view to combine the two activities to address obesity, mobility and physical activity. This meant all partners were able to cross refer between the walking activities and weight management at the three practices.
Through the Green Prescribing activity, Finding your Feet walks have recruited 4 new volunteers to support walking activities.
Volunteered and led by Jo Bryant, the walks were initially geared towards participants based locally, however since its conception walkers are now attending from surrounding areas. She said: “If we can support one person to make a noticeable difference in their physical or mental health then I believe we are doing a good job!”
The walking group recognised that inactivity meant different things to different people, so all walks were inclusive. Each week saw at least 16 people attend from a variety of backgrounds; mothers with babies in slings, older people with limited mobility and others who had attended weigh-ins and wanted to boost their daily step count.
An elderly participant said: “I joined 6 weeks ago, with limited mobility and walked with a frame. The walks really have changed my life! I enjoyed the social aspect of the activity as well as meeting new people, who have been very supportive and encouraging.”