Fit for Fun, our community exercise project, is now in its ninth year, and has helped over 4,000 local people improve their fitness through exercise. The programme funds 20 weeks of exercise for groups, who can choose from a wide range of different activities. 9 out of 10 groups continue to exercise after the funding ends.
In 2017-18 we worked with 45 community groups, helping people reduce their risk of conditions like coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Exercise also helps with depression and anxiety and improves people's self-esteem.
We targeted people from groups who were less likely to take part in exercise, with almost two thirds of participants coming from BME communities and almost three quarters from the borough'smost deprived wards. More than 1 in 4 of the people taking part were over 65.
People taking part in the programme told us things like:
- “Improvement in mental health and mood. Now fitter and have lost weight.”
- “Wanting to improve my overall tiredness. I have noticed my back pain not so painful with the help of exercise.”
- “I sleep better and it’s easier walking upstairs at home and on the tube.”
- “Fun and positive wellbeing and improved stamina.”
The whole report is available to download below.