Proactive

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Proactive exercise classes are for people who are having treatment for cancer, or who have finished their treatment and are now living with or beyond cancer.  These classes are a new initiative introduced through an exciting partnership between Birmingham City Council and Prostate Cancer UK.  Classes are open to people who have had all types of cancer, not just prostate cancer.

There’s lots of evidence to show the benefits of people of being more active during and after treatment for cancer.  Many everyday activities may well be suitable for many people in this situation, but these specialist classes, led by qualified instructors to provide a safe and supportive environment are a great starting point.

Proactive classes will be led by a qualified instructor and will be a group exercise session in a ‘circuits’ style.  This means that there are a wide range of exercises for different parts of the body set out in stations around the room and people complete the ones suitable for them and at the intensity level right for them.  People can rest when they need and miss out exercises that aren’t suitable.  At the end of each session there will be a time for a chat and some refreshments.

People will be offered 12 weekly sessions to attend.  This will be over a 15 week period, to allow for time holidays etc.  Sessions will be free to attend to patients as Prostate Cancer UK is funding the classes in the pilot phase; until 31 March 2015.

Venues, days and times.

Proactive exercise classes are on:

Saltley Community Leisure Centre     Tuesdays                     11.00am – 12.15pm (new time from 21 April 2015)

Kingstanding Leisure Centre               Thursdays                    10.30am – 11.45am

The exercise sessions will be led instructors who are advanced fitness instructors and also have the Level 4 cancer and exercise rehabilitation specialist exercise qualification.  There are also always staff on site that are first aid qualified.

Coca-Cola Zero Park Lives

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Through Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives, there are tons of free ways you can have fun being active, in Birmingham parks. It’s all about Coke Zero logohaving fun, playing games and trying something new. Bring the family or friends and join in.

Go on, get out there and make the most of summer!

Check out the timetables and locations here http://beactivebirmingham.co.uk/find-your-nearest:

  • Balaam’s Wood Public Open Space
  • Balsall Heath Park
  • Billesley Common
  • Bloomsbury Park
  • Brookvale Park
  • Burbury Park
  • Chamberlain Gardens
  • Cofton Park
  • Cotteridge Park
  • Eastside/City Centre
  • Edgbaston Reservoir
  • Handsworth Park
  • Highbury Park and Orchard
  • Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields
  • Kings Heath Park
  • Kings Norton Nature Reserve
  • Ley Hill Recreation Ground
  • Lickey Hills Country Park
  • Mansfield Green
  • Manor Farm Park
  • Muntz Park
  • New Spring Street
  • Perry Hall Playing Fields
  • Rectory Park
  • Selly Park Recreation Ground
  • Senneleys Park
  • Sheldon Country Park
  • Small Heath Park
  • Summerfield Park
  • Sunset and Moonlit Parks
  • The Ring/Enderby Park
  • Walkers Heath Park
  • Ward End Park
  • Welsh House Farm (Selcroft Public Open Space)
  • West Heath Park
  • Witton Lakes

 Pop-up Parks

There are even more chances for the whole family to get involved in a range of physical activities over the summer holidays which are sure to improve your health and wellbeing whilst having a lot of fun!

Pop-up Parks are your chance to try out a variety of different activities including badminton, tennis, football and play games.

Pop-up activities will be held in the following park:

  • Aston Park
  • Calthorpe Park
  • Cotteridge park
  • Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields
  • Lickey Hills Country Park
  • Muntz Park
  • Perry Hall Playing Fields
  • Small Heath Park
  • Sparkhill Park
  • Sunset and Moonlit Parks

 ParkLives Video

View some of the ParkLives activities taking place near you and across Birmingham.

 About ParkLives

Coca Cola Zero ParkLives delivered by Active Parks Birmingham is a new programme of fun and free activities in parks across Birmingham.

ParkLives aims to encourage people to be more physically active and free sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities to take part in everything from Zumba to Tai Chi.

Why not register at http://www.parklives.com/

Birmingham’s Active Parks join the fight against obesity

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The team running Birmingham’s hugely successful Be active sports scheme has identified a new secret weapon in the battle of the bulge: the city’s 600 parks and open spaces.

Birmingham City Council, with the support of Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, is launching a pilot project looking at the role the city’s open spaces can play in helping lead fitter, healthier lives.

And Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, believes tapping into the potential of the great outdoors will build on the success of the multi award-winning Be active scheme.

Officials will work with Sport England to assess the success of ‘Active Parks’ at five sites:

  1. Cotteridge Park
  2. Walkers Heath Park
  3. Moonlit & Sunset Parks
  4. Holders Lane Fields
  5. Ward End Park

Over the next six months, visitors to the five sites will be offered a wide range of free activities, including:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Tai Chi
  • Green Fit
  • Bushcraft
  • Gardening
  • Buggyfit
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Walking

Birmingham City Council assumed public health responsibilities at the start of April 2013 and obesity has been highlighted as one of the city’s major challenges.

Cllr Bedser said: “The obesity problem in Birmingham cannot be underestimated. 26% of our population is obese and that includes nearly one in four of our 10 and 11-year-olds. So we have to use every resource available to us to promote healthier and more active lifestyles throughout the city. That includes our wonderful parks and open spaces.

“We already have the Be Active programme, which has been running very successfully for more than three years helping thousands of people across Birmingham access gyms, classes and swimming for free.

“Now we’re looking at the potential to extend this fantastic programme into our many parks and open spaces. We believe these activities will attract people who may not think that indoor gyms and leisure centres are for them – or who prefer to be outdoors. Parks and open spaces are familiar, unthreatening venues, free and often very local.”

Be Active Scheme

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The scheme was initially called Gym for Free and was launched in February 2008 in the Ladywood Constituency to 100,000 residents as a joint initiative between NHS Heart of Birmingham tPCT and Birmingham City Council.

Gym for Free offered free swimming, fitness classes, and gym sessions to all of the residents of the constituency as long as they exercised at least 4 times per month. There was no upper limit to the number of times they could attend exercise sessions and the only other criteria was residency within the constituency.

Initially there were only 95 people across Ladywood regularly exercising on the local authorities direct debit scheme (the closest benchmark). Within 6 months there were 7,000 people on the Gym For Free scheme. Demand was through the roof and people were queuing for up to 2 hours to access sessions.

By November 2008 the scheme was rolled out to the rest of the Heart of Birmingham PCT area, some 300,000 people.

The scheme continued to prove successful and won a number of awards for tackling health inequalities and also social marketing.

Results from the early qualitative evaluation demonstrated that:

  • Price is a barrier to participation
  • Access to free exercise increased people’s likelihood to participate
  • Hard to reach groups including women and ethnic minority communities engaged with the scheme
  • Regular exercise increased participants self reported sense of wellbeing
  • Participation on the scheme increased participant demand for other lifestyle information such as smoking cessation and alcohol advice.

Discussions began with the 3 PCTs across Birmingham to see if there could be a city wide offer for residents using the Gym for Free pilot model.

On 1st September 2009 the scheme went live to all 1.1 million people in the city. The scheme was renamed Be active and all 50,000 members of the Gym for free scheme were transferred across.

The scheme now also provides classes at community centres and other venues that aren’t leisure centres to ensure as much access to the community as possible.

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