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GO Active Get Healthy - Diabetes - Support to Get Active

Posted: Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:50 by Stephanie Smith

GO Active Get Healthy - Diabetes - Support to Get Active

Oxfordshire now has a countywide scheme to support people with diabetes into physical activity. The programme called Go Active Get Healthy is being officially launched this month and will be available across the county. The scheme is a delivery partnership between the District councils and Oxford Sport & Physical Activity and is funded by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

As part of our 'Oxford City' allocation of funding we have commissioned Fusion to deliver a rolling 6 week programme, within the leisure centres to engage people living with diabetes in Oxford. This however is by no means as far as the programme goes.

The current Oxford City programme is multifaceted and can be accessed in a variety of ways.

The first element of the project is free motivational interviewing through our County Sports Provider (OxSPA). This process talks through different physical activity opportunities, provides information about how to get more active and offers 3 different phone calls from their motivational interviewing team; for every call received participants are given a £10 Decathlon voucher. Should this be of interest people can contact Leila Javadi at ljavadi@oxford.gov.uk

The second element is raising awareness of our current GO Active and Active Women programme. These have numerous free and discounted classes which are suitable for all members of the community and may be beneficial in helping those living with diabetes to manage their condition. The physical activity sessions available can be found at https://www.getoxfordshireactive.org/oxfordcity

The third aspect is the work being done in supporting GP practices by setting up walks from surgeries within Oxford. All surgeries in Oxford will be met with over the course of the programme. There are currently walks from Donnington Health Centre on a Wednesday at 11am and as part of Beaumont Street Surgery on a Saturday, 10am meeting at Keble Gate in University Parks.

The fourth offer is being generously put in place by North Oxford Golf Club, who will be offering a 'Golf on Prescription' initiative. People living with diabetes can be referred to this programme to access a period of free golf lessons/golf course access aimed to improve their health and wellbeing. The programme start date is to be confirmed but all interest should be registered by contacting ecollins@oxford.gov.uk

The fifth aspect of the programme is a weekly programme, run through Fusion Lifestyle in Partnership with Oxford City Council. These sessions will be starting on the 15th January and will cover a variety of activities based at one of the four Fusion centres in Oxford City. Julia Burson is leading this programme and can be contacted at Julia.Burson@fusion-lifestyle.com

We are also looking to set up new sessions which are targeted to support those living with diabetes in Oxford to improve their fitness and manage their condition. If there are any sessions which people think would be appropriate that we aren't currently providing, or if there is a specific day/time/location which people would engage with then we would be keen to know.

Finally, we do have a survey which we are hoping will enable us to gain more insight into what types of activities people living with diabetes are interested in and what their barriers to exercise are. If you would be happy to fill this in we would be hugely grateful. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VDWJVYL

Tags: Diabetes, Exercise, Fitness, GAGH, GO Active Get Healthy, Health, Healthy, Motivation, Oxford City