Clubbing together to improve health

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Groups, clubs and societies across the Fylde Coast are being called upon to help encourage residents to improve their health and wellbeing.

If you run a keep fit or knitting class, a football or any kind of club, then Fylde Coast health and wellbeing organisations want to hear from you.

The call comes as planning gets underway for the national Self Care Week which runs from 18-24 November. Locally, Blackpool council, Fylde council, Wyre council, health services and a range of voluntary and community groups are working together to make Self Care Week a celebration of all the groups on the Fylde Coast.

Dr Adam Janjua, Acting Chair of Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP said: “Last year many of the groups that promote themselves on the FYi directory website offered taster sessions for people. This year we want to involve even more groups.

“There are more than 3,000 clubs, societies and groups on the FYi directory offering all kinds of services from football to knitting groups. There is something for everyone and by joining any of them people will see the benefits in their health and well-being. It doesn’t have to be physical, though it can be, but something as simple as joining a reading club at the local library is enough to get people out and about, meeting new people, making new friends and improving their mood.”

Self-care is about taking time to do things that keep you well.  This might be having a well-stocked medicine cabinet, improving your diet, taking more exercise or joining a group.

Self-care week gives local groups across the Fylde Coast a chance to promote themselves and encourage new members.

Dr Janjua added: “This year we are building on what we did last year which saw more than 70 events taking place over the week and hundreds of people taking part. Groups reported that they had new members who were all giving it a go which is a fantastic result. It means that people were embracing self-care and were all making a big step to improving their health and wellbeing. This year, amongst other plans, we want to double that impact.”

Councillor Ben Aitken, Chairman of the Environment, Health and Housing Committee at Fylde Council said: “We are delighted that Fylde Council has the opportunity to work alongside our colleagues in health and other partner organisations once again, building on the successes of last year, in support of this fantastic initiative to promote self care to all generations and influence the health outcomes for our local population.”

If you run a club or group, charity or service that helps people and would like to take part in Self Care Week 2019 all you have to do is think of what your offer will be and let organisers know by emailing comms.fyldecoast@nhs.net or calling 01253 951349.