Funding Boost for Ribble Valley Fitness SchemePublished Friday, 16 May 2014
A successful health scheme that has been helping Ribble Valley residents stay fit for over 13 years has received a funding boost.
Ribble Valley Borough Council has been running its healthy lifestyles scheme on behalf of health sector partners since 2001, since which over 5,000 residents with a range of health problems have taken part.
Now the programme, run in conjunction with Public Health Lancashire and the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, has received funding for a further two years.
Healthy Lifestyles offers a range of classes for people with specific health needs, such as heart complaints and weight management, as well as long-term conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease.
The scheme has received numerous accolades from doctors and health professionals, and been emulated elsewhere for its success in devising fitness programmes for people with specific needs.
And 97 of participants in a survey rated the scheme as good or very good, with 97 per cent saying they had made positive changes to their lives as a result of taking part.
Ribble Valley Borough Council's health and fitness officer, Tracy Balko, who manages the scheme, said: “Funding for the healthy lifestyles scheme has always been fixed-term and subject to renewal, but the great news is that our current funding from Public Health Lancashire and the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has been extended for a further two years.
“This is a fantastic endorsement of the scheme and its ongoing success in helping residents with specific health needs who might otherwise not be able to access appropriate fitness programmes.”
Further details on the scheme are available from the healthy lifestyles team on 01200 414484.