Arsenal in the Community’s exercise scheme helps people in Islington to feel better

 Since January 2012 Islington Public Health has commissioned Arsenal in the Community and partners onedeepbreath to deliver a new exercise referral scheme. The aim is to increase physical activity levels to prevent deteriorating health which is often aggravated by inactivity and the first year results are proving positive.

Hundreds of People Getting Involved

So far, a total of 1,590 referrals have been received from GPs, practice nurses and physios across Islington (an average of 36 per week). 763 people have completed their assessment and have been cleared to join the scheme. An added bonus for Arsenal fans is that all assessments take place at Emirates Stadium.

The scheme is an eight-week programme of hour-long exercise sessions delivered in community venues. Programme are tailored to an individual’s health needs through group leisure activities such as circuit fun, exercise classes, aqua aerobics, short-mat bowls, gym-style sessions and aqua aerobics.

Successfully Improving Activity Levels

At the end of the year (December 2012) a total of 244 people have now successfully completed their programme with 72% feeling an increased ability to maintain an active lifestyle and 59% increasing their activity levels.

Importantly, this scheme is proving to be sustainable for many, as around 82% remain physically active 3 months after completing their programme and 72% are still active 6 months after the intervention.

I would recommend this to anyone, 100%!! The personal trainers were friendly, supportive, encouraging, and work in a professional manner. Personally I have benefited and my mobility has improved…I was worried at the beginning that I was gonna be the oldest person in the classes, but there was such a nice mixture of people there! Really refreshing! I feel totally different to when I started, energised and pain-free. Big thank you

Female, 67

This exercise scheme is really changing people’s lives. We’re helping inactive people get up off their couch, the Arsenal Community coaches are developing people’s skills and the participants are feeling more confident and motivated. It’s a win, win, win!

Steve Jamieson, onedeepbreath Scheme Director

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12 Jul 2013