Brent Council launches scheme to help older residents keep fit and healthy

The residents of Woodcock Court

The residents of Woodcock Court - Credit: Archant

A new scheme aiming to help older residents in Brent keep fit and healthy has been launched by the council.

A new scheme aiming to help older residents in Brent keep fit and healthy has been launched by the council.

For the nest six month a weekly exercise classes, run by fitness professionals and aimed at over-50s, will take place every Thursday at six different locations in the borough.

Participants are assessed beforehand and classes are tailored to suit the fitness levels and mobility of people taking part.

The project was successfully piloted by residents at sheltered housing in Woodcock Court, Kenton.


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Resident Frankie Green, 69, said: “I really enjoyed it, worked up a sweat and got the heart-rate going. It’s a really good idea, and lots of people went.

It’s really good for the older people particularly for those who don’t get out of their armchairs.”

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Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Brent Council’s lead member for adults and health, said: “We want to improve the health and wellbeing of local people and encourage more people to be active regardless of age or ability.

“Keeping active into older age is the key to staying fit, mobile, independent and happy so these sessions will really benefit the people taking part.

“Regardless of whatever age you are, there are lots of fun and easy ways to move more in the borough. Being more active is not something that costs a fortune but the benefits of it can be priceless.”

For more on exercise and activity in Brent, visit www.brent.gov.uk/sports.

Turn to page 18 to see more on helping Brent residents to get fit.

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