Go Active Get Healthy

nordic_walkingResidents in South Oxfordshire who struggle to lead a healthy lifestyle have been given a boost following the launch of a project designed to help people get more active.

The South Oxfordshire Go Active (Get Oxfordshire Active) scheme has launched ‘GO Active Get Healthy’, a three year project which aims to support the district’s most inactive residents by providing local sporting activities and support specifically designed for them.

The scheme will see less active residents being able to take advantage of free fitness checkups for the over 60s, senior swimming lessons, a range of gentle exercise classes and sports sessions in a variety of venues within the community, including table tennis, dance, tai chi, yoga and pilates.

The new scheme is being funded across by a National Lottery grant from Sport England which will enable GO Active to help people lead a healthier lifestyle with appropriate activities, incentives and on-going support at sessions and over the phone.

Cllr Ann Ducker, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The Go Active Get Healthy project will help make physical activities more accessible to those who struggle to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, that’s a really positive thing for our whole community and hopefully it will lead to people feeling that they can get out and about more often.”

Despite the benefits of sport and physical activity, 23 per cent (or 30,000) of South Oxfordshire’s residents over 16 years do no activity at all.  This results in around 300 premature deaths per year, costing £1.7 million per year.

There are plenty of local activities available for people who currently lead a less active lifestyle; for example ‘Functional Fitness MOTs’ for the over 60’s, Nordic walking, beginners’ jogging and health walks.  For further information please see www.southoxon.gov.uk/leisure or contact Nicola Meurer, Participation Coordinator at South Oxfordshire District Council on 01491 823431 or email nicola.meurer@southandvale.gov.uk.

Go Active has been helping to increase participation among Oxfordshire’s residents for more than five years with over 5,000 people getting involved and getting more active as a result.  The partnership includes local authorities across the county, leisure providers and Oxford Brookes University