We pleased to be launching our health and wellbeing strategy on the tenth anniversary of our self-funded physical activity programmes aimed at supporting those living with long-term health conditions.
Since 2008, we have recorded over 275,000 attendances at our range of instructor-led physical activity classes specially designed to deliver the health and wellbeing benefits associated with getting active.
Working in partnership with NHS Fife, Fife Council, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support the health and wellbeing programmes such as the award-winning Active Options, Move More Fife and cardiac rehabilitation help those living with a wide range of long-term health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), stroke and cardiac incidents.
Our three-year strategy delivers a clear vision for the delivery of a Fife-wide health and wellbeing programme which addresses the ever-increasing pressure on health and social care services due to demographic changes and increase in people living with long-term health conditions.
Back row left to right: Ed Watson, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, Cllr Judy Hamilton and Fiona Prendergast, health and wellbeing co-ordinator for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust.
Ed Watson, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Since its launch in 2008, the trust has been committed to supporting those living in our local communities with long-term health conditions. There is well-documented evidence that shows the benefits of physical activity and the numerous positive effects it has on health outcomes – both for mental and physical health improvements.
“We are very proud of our track record in working collaboratively with partners to make a difference and have prioritised re-investing profits back into local communities by delivering classes which produce real results to those living with, or recovering from, a long-term health condition.”
Cllr Judy Hamilton, Fife Council’s Convener of the Community and Housing Services Committee added: “This sort of targeted work from the Trust is an important part of delivering on the Plan for Fife. We’re keen to see more participation in physical activity and improved healthy lifestyles, particularly for the communities that are most affected by health inequalities.
“Although health and social care services are facing increasing pressures we know that these kind of tailored programmes have a good success rate. It’s encouraging to see the work strengthened further with this new strategy.”