New and Improved Service Launched to Help Inactive Adults
OneLife Suffolk helps local people live healthy lives and after a review of their services a new Get Help to Get Active service has been launched.
The new service is designed for ‘inactive adults’, who are doing less than 30 minutes of moderate activity per week and are living with a long-term health condition or disability.
In the UK more than 1 in 4 people live with at least one long-term health condition and these numbers are rising. Research suggests that a person is twice as likely to be inactive if they have a health condition, however, being active can help to manage over 20 long-term conditions such as depression and type 2 diabetes.
OneLife Suffolk have developed a new service to support and encourage residents of Suffolk with a long-term health condition or disability to increase their levels of physical activity. The new service offers 3 levels of support. Starting from self-care signposting to local activities to a new psychologically informed behaviour change programme. The support which is offered is dependent on an individual’s needs. OneLife Suffolk Active Lifestyle Practitioners complete a short assessment to guide clients to which level of support they require. Currently, this service is offered to individuals with certain long-term conditions, but from January 2020 the eligibility criteria will be widening to include all long-term health conditions. Full details about the levels of support and the eligibility criteria can be found on the OneLife Suffolk website.
Lisa Cox, Head of Service at OneLife Suffolk said “We’re delighted to be offering this additional service for Suffolk residents and we have specialist practitioners available across the county to offer this vital support. The Get Help to Get Active service is not offering exercise classes, we are offering signposting to activities suitable for long term health conditions or psychological support at our group and 1-2-1 sessions, so a unique service tailored to individual needs.”
Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, said “We are pleased to see the new and improved Get Help to Get Active service up and running and hope that it will help people living with a long-term condition or disability to feel that being more active is possible. We hope it will inspire and support them to build physical activity into their lives in small chunks, in a way that is right and appropriate for them. Ultimately, we hope it will support our ambition to become the most active county in England.”
For more information about the Get Help to Get Active Service please visit https://onelifesuffolk.co.uk/gethelptogetactive/ or telephone 01473 718193