Health Walks in West Dorset
The Ammonite Health Walks have re-started! In Cattistock/Maiden Newton from Tuesday 13th April and from Beaminster (Tunnel Road) from Wednesday 14th April. For the latest information please view our COVID19 advice page here
The Patient Participation Group (PPG) for the Pound Piece and Tunnel Road surgery patients launched a walking group in 2017 in response to a request from the lead clinician at the Practice. He wanted to have the option to recommend walking to patients who would benefit from the exercise. One member of the PPG, Barbara Evans, volunteered to investigate the options and following discussions it was decided to join up with a national scheme operated by Ramblers. Ten volunteer walk leaders were recruited from the local population.
The aim of the Ammonite Health Walking Group is to help patients and local residents enjoy a more active lifestyle with a social 10 to 60 minute walk followed by a chat over refreshments at a local café afterwards. Our specially trained volunteers lead the walks and are on hand to provide support and encouragement. Walks from Maiden Newton/Cattistock are currently meeting every Tuesday at 11.30am at Pound Piece Surgery or Cattistock Tea Rooms – see link to calendar below. Walks from Beaminster leave from Tunnel Road Surgery (every third Wednesday of the month from Beaminster Museum) – see link to Walking for Health website for more details.
The NHS says of healthy walking: ‘Walking is underrated as a form of exercise, walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers’.
We hope that more and more people in West Dorset will come to enjoy the health benefits of regular walks as the scheme continues to develop and we look forward to meeting any local residents who would like to join in.
Please contact Barbara Evans, or telephone either of the following: 07810 153012 / 01300 320875.
To visit the Walking for Health website, click here.
To check dates and times on the walks calendar click here.
Chair Based Exercises
Falls in older people are a well-documented risk. Around 30% of adults over 65 living at home will experience one fall a year – rising to 50% of adults over 80 living in their home or in residential care. Those who have a fall often descend into a spiral of ill-health, losing confidence to get about, becoming increasingly isolated and losing their independence earlier than would otherwise be the case.
There is a proven way to reduce the risk of falls and increase confidence. The Otago programme has been clinically trialled at Otago University Medical School, New Zealand. It has been demonstrated that the number of falls can be reduced by up to 40% and of those that do still fall, the likelihood of injuries can be reduced by a third. Participants notice a rapid improvement in their confidence, balance and stability.
Pre-pandemic these classes were held in Webber’s Piece Community Hall. The trainer, Sally Cunningham has re-started in Sydling St Nicholas Village Hall. She is planning to start her autumn programme in September, weekly on a Thursday morning. If you want to join in, you can find out more by phoning Sally on 01300 341092