Oxford City Council supporting people with diabetes by offering a range of health and fitness activities

Published: Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Oxford City Council is supporting residents with diabetes by offering a range of new exercise opportunities.

The first activities started earlier this month (January) and the programme will run over four consecutive blocks of six weeks.

The aim is to help Oxford residents with diabetes to manage their condition which can be done successfully through a combination of medication, following a healthy, balanced diet and importantly getting regular physical activity

In Oxford, the percentage of recorded diabetes of those aged 17 and over is 3.8%, which is amongst the lowest in England (3.3% being the lowest).

Programme activities include:

  • Oxford City Council’s Sports and Physical Activity Team will be running health walks from GP surgeries. Current walks run from Donnington Health Centre on Wednesdays at 11am, and Beaumont Street Surgery (meeting at Keble Gate in University Parks) on Saturdays from 10am. More health walks will be launched in the coming weeks. For more information, visit the Get Oxfordshire Active website
  • North Oxford Golf Club will be offering free golf lessons and golf course access to those living with diabetes. The ‘Golf on Prescription’ initiative will launch in March and will run until June. For more information and to register interest, email ecollins@oxford.gov.uk
  • Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity, will deliver a six-week rolling programme of physical activity sessions, which began on 15 January. Sessions will include instructor-led gym circuits, and step and cardio classes. They will be run from Oxford City Council’s four leisure centres. For more information, please email Julia.Burson@fusion-lifestyle.com

The programme called Go Active Get Healthy was designed following discussions with GPs and patient groups. It is a county wide scheme aimed to support people with diabetes into physical activities. People can either self-refer or they can be referred to the programme by a medical professional.

Go Active Get Healthy has been funded by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is being delivered in partnership with Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity. Further funding has been given to Oxfordshire’s other district councils to run sessions, including health walks, swimming campaigns, elsewhere in the county.

Oxford City Council’s Sports and Physical Activity Team run a range of free and discounted activities that those with diabetes are welcome to take part in, ranging from health walks and jogging, to table tennis and Zumba. For more information, visit the Get Oxfordshire Active website.

Councillor Linda Smith, Deputy Leader said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with various organisations to help deliver these activities aimed at Oxford residents with diabetes. This programme will complement the high quality leisure facilities, parks and open spaces we have in the city to help local people get active and tackle one of the major health issues that, unfortunately affects thousands of people in our city.”