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Shiel, LGM Exercise Professional in Kent

From August 2015 to September 2016, Let’s Get Moving was delivered across GP surgeries in Kent. During this period, 248 people took part in the programme. We’ve now had a chance to look at the results of the project, and it’s safe to say that it was a huge success!

By the end of the programme, 70.3% of participants were doing more physical activity. It doesn’t stop there either; six months after taking part in Let’s Get Moving, the percentage of patients doing more exercise increased to an amazing 87%! This is a fantastic show of participants who really benefited from the service and got moving more as a result.

There was also a significant increase in the importance that participants placed on exercise and a significant increase in the participants’ overall feeling of confidence. This is a real triumph for LGM, as it’s not about just doing more activity: it’s about valuing exercise and most of all, enjoying it. It’s this change of mind that can contribute to the most positive lifestyle changes, which in turn can have tremendous impact on physical and mental wellbeing in the long-run. The increase in confidence also highlights the wonders that keeping active can have on the mind; exercise really does have the power to make you feel good inside and out.

The beautiful country parks of Kent must have been a great lure for our participants, as walking saw the biggest increase of all activities. This was followed in close second by a large increase in moderate activity.

Adrijana, a past 'Mover of the Month', looking very proud of her medal!

Adrijana, a past ‘Mover of the Month’ looking very proud of her medal!

It’s been a truly rewarding experience to hear how well individual participants have done. A number of our ‘Mover of the Month’ participants have been from Kent; there was Adrijana who took part in a 3-mile run for Sport Relief, Eileen who became a fan of some heart-pumping exercise on her indoor trampoline, and couple Steve and Sue who decided to get more active to be fit and well for their wedding vow ceremony last September! All of these participants really valued the empowerment, support, and motivation that Let’s Get Moving offered, with Adrijana in particular saying that the thing she enjoyed most was ‘meeting someone who genuinely cared.’

Shiel (Community Exercise Professional at Pelham) is that ‘someone’ who Adrijana met and received guidance from. Shiel thoroughly enjoyed working for LGM and hearing the progression of participants he had met for their first appointments. In face, Shiel’s favourite LGM memory was seeing the progress of a particular participant who, after taking part in LGM and increasing his activity levels, no longer had use for his walking stick! This patient was very enthusiastic about LGM, and had the following to say:

“[Shiel] made me realise that becoming more active can help change my life. Let’s Get Moving has  been such a positive programme for me, and it has helped me to increase my strength and mobility.”

It’s hearing stories like this that make our work for the LGM project worthwhile. We want to keep going, get more people moving, and carry on helping to improve the lives and health of individuals across the country!

We’d like to give special thanks to Kent County Council and the University of Kent for their support on the project, as well as all those who took part in LGM in Kent.