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We should all be doing regular physical activity

Regular physical activity prevents many medical conditions and can be used to treat many chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It can also improve surgical outcomes, improving survival rates and recovery time from surgery. It can also been good for your wellbeing.

Read the Blog from local GP, Dr Chris Rufford about getting active.


Suffolk's Year of Walking 2016/17

May 2016 marked the start of a year of celebrating walking in our county – Suffolk’s Year of Walking 2016/17

Suffolk is an inspiring and beautiful county to walk in. Our landscape, rights of way, footpaths, coastal path, circular walks, long distance routes, organised walks, green spaces and parks combine to make Suffolk a wonderful, walking friendly county.

The Suffolk Year of Walking website has brought together a diverse range of walking related events across the county in one place and has an events section which is constantly updated with new walking events and details of how you can take part. It also shines a spotlight on different ways of walking, including the increasingly popular walking football and Nordic walking.

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to become more active.

Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illness and can also be a great way of reducing social isolation and improving mental health.

OneLife Suffolk provides Health Walks – a wide range of free walking opportunities available for everyone. There are over 200 walks available every month across Suffolk and all of the details can be found on the Year of Walking website.


ActivLives works across Ipswich and Suffolk to deliver initiatives that help motivate, support and inspire people living in areas of deprivation, make positive changes to their lifestyle and improve their own health and well-being and employability.

ActivAgeing is a programme to improve the health and wellbeing of people who live in and around Ipswich with a specific focus on activities for older adults.

ActivGardens brings people together in an active and healthy way, creating change to improve the vitality of communities and the people who live in them.


Make a Move

A partnership project between ActivLives, Age UK Suffolk & NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG

What is the Make a Move project?

ActivLives and Age UK Suffolk are working together to deliver the Make a Move project. Working with people aged 55 + within community settings, this project will increase the number of seated / standing / falls prevention / function fitness exercise sessions in Ipswich and East Suffolk. Evidence has proven that these OTAGO based sessions can improve strength and balance, which can help to reduce the risk of falls and fractures.

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Help for Heroes is a national military charity formed to support injured solders initially in the Military Ward at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. 

From that project a network of rehab centres across the UK including one in Colchester.  They provide Sports Recovery, Psychological Support, Health and Wellbeing, Career Recovery and Welfare support to individuals and their families. Chavasse VC House is the name of the Colchester Centre that has been specially designed to offer the very best recovery atmosphere. It offers 27 single en-suite bedrooms and dedicated family suites.  Arts and craft areas, presentation and IT suites and an adaptive gym with specialist equipment also form part of the Centre. They are keen to promote their work and help raise the profile in Suffolk,  any former, current serving or reservists can self-refer to them for support and use of their excellent facilities.

Public Health Survey

Physical Activity - Are You Doing Enough?

Public Health Suffolk is conducting a survey to identify the current level of physical activity amongst children throughout the county.  

This is part of a wider needs assessment, which will inform how physical activity levels could be improved and what facilities can be provided to achieve this.

They have devised 3 surveys for different age groups that can be completed by adults, young people (11-18yrs) and another for children (5-10yrs), which can be completed by a parent or carer. The questionnaire on average takes about 5 to 7 minutes to complete 

Useful links

Suffolk Sport
County Sports Partnership for Suffolk

Suffolk: Most Active County
Find events and community activities near you

One Life Suffolk: Support to Stop Smoking, Lose Weight, Get Active
A range of services are available to help you get more active.

Inspire Suffolk
Education and Sports Charity

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