Cash boosts health sessions
Friday 20th December 2013 @ 10:07 by Lisa B

A Gamesley group is a little closer to getting people fitter and reducing the £500,000 a year that inactivity ‘costs’ Glossop.

Local Barclays manager Mark

The donation means the social enterprise group can continue running its ‘low impact physical activity sessions’ into the new year. Co-ordinator Mick Owen is delighted with the donation and Mark’s support and says it will be money well spent.

He said: “We currently offer sitting exercise, walking football and walk and talk sessions to people who live in the Gamesley area, but this cheque will mean we can spread our wings a little.”

Mick Owen with bank manager Mark Polley

Mick Owen with bank manager Mark Polley

Added Mick: “The recently published Active Derbyshire Plan from Derbyshire Sport states that 28 per cent of the county’s adult population do less than 30 minutes of exercise in a week. It argues that ‘participation in physical activity benefits mental health, quality of life and helps maintain independent living in older age.’

“It also puts the cost of physical inactivity to health services in Glossop alone at £500,000 per year.”

WellFit have been working in Gamesley for more than 18 months in partnership with Cottage Lane surgery and believe that physical activity is cheaper and more effective than commonly prescribed drugs for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes,
depression and stroke.

Sessions happen locally to the people who need them and WellFit’s qualified and friendly activators encourage
people to go at their own pace.